Linfield choir kicks off Costa Rica tour with concert

LINF-121205-064-ChoirsMembers of the Linfield College Concert Choir, in preparation for a Costa Rica concert tour, will perform Thursday, Jan. 31, at 7:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1309 Franklin St., in Vancouver, Wash.

The program, under the direction of Anna Song, assistant professor of music, will encompass a wide variety of music, including pieces by Rheinberger, Mendelssohn, Sweelinck and Copland, as well as folk songs from Costa Rica, Aruba, New Zealand and America. The program will also include performances on trumpet by Joan Paddock, professor of music, and organ by Chris Engbretson, visiting assistant professor of music.

The choir will leave the following day for a 10-day concert tour to Costa Rica, where they will perform for and interact with various communities along the way, sharing music, providing service and engaging in cultural exchange.

The Linfield Concert Choir was organized in 1930 and is the oldest such group in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout its history, the choir has distinguished itself with concerts throughout the 10 western states and Canada. It has also performed extensively throughout the world in locations including Austria, Germany, Britain, New Zealand, Australia, China and Southeast Asia.

Song joined the Linfield music faculty in 2008. She graduated with a bachelor’s of arts degree in composition from the University of California, Los Angeles and earned her master of music in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. In addition to teaching and conducting at Linfield, she is the co-founder and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble that focuses on the performance of early music.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Linfield Music Department, 503-883-2275 or visit