Linfield Reports, 12/5/16

Linfield choral groups, Chaplain’s office featured in Christmas concert

Linfield College ChoirThree Linfield College vocal groups, along with the Chaplain’s Office, will present “Seasonal Celebration of Music and Light” on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

A reception will follow in the Fred Meyer Lounge in Riley Hall.

The evening will include seasonal choral music and sacred readings in multiple languages celebrating various holiday traditions of light. The Wildcat Men’s Glee Club, Women’s Vocal Ensemble and the Linfield Concert Choir will perform music by Josquin, Parry, Paert and popular Christmas songs including “Mary, Did You Know,” “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” “Silent Night” and a choral version of music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker. The choral groups are led by Anna Song, associate professor of music and director of choral activities.

Along with choral performances, sacred readings in multiple world languages will be coordinated by Chaplain David Massey.

The performance is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music and Chaplain’s Office. For more information, call the Linfield Department of Music at 503-883-2275 or visit


Four Linfield groups showcased in fall chamber concert

Linfield College BandsThe Linfield College Department of Music will host a fall chamber music concert Thursday, Dec. 8, at 4 p.m. in the Delkin Recital Hall in the Vivian A. Bull Music Center.

The concert will feature the woodwind quintet, brass quartet, cello ensemble and piano duos. Pianists, led by Professor Albert Kim, will perform music of Pyotr Illyich Tchaikovsky and Maurice Ravel, arranged for piano by contemporaries of these composers.

The cello ensemble, coached by Diane Chaplin, will perform music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Béla Bartok and also music composed for the Apocalyptica Cello Ensemble.

The woodwind quintet, led by Professor Joan Paddock, will perform music of the romantic era by lesser-known composers Blas Maria Colomer and Charles Lafebvre. The brass quintet, also coached by Paddock, will perform music of Wilhelm Ramsöe and Giovanni Gabrieli.

This concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit

Campus to ‘Stuff the Bus’ for YCAP food drive

Linfield entranceThis holiday season, Linfield is partnering with Yamhill Community Action Partnership and Willamette Valley Medical Center for a community-wide food drive now through Dec. 9.

WVMC is coordinating the city event, and Linfield will host a campus event.  Both will support YCAP. The goal is for every office and residence hall to pledge to help with at least one box. Large residence halls may help with two boxes. Here’s how to get involved:

  1. Sign up as individuals, departments or groups to fill a box or raise funds equivalent to a box of food. Consider donating funds. YCAP can provide 17 meals for $5. Checks can be made out to YCAP.
  2. Pick up a box from 301 Riley Hall.
  3. Fill the box or round up funds.
  4. Bring the box/funds to our ‘Stuff the Bus’ event on Friday, Dec. 9, from 4-5:30 p.m. in the Walker/Riley parking lot. We want you to see the impact you made, so there will be a chance for you to bring your collected items and take photos in front of the YCAP bus.

For more information, contact Joni Tonn, director of community engagement and service, at 503-883-2636 or or watch the Change Corps Facebook group for updates.


Linfield Music Department to present classic musical ‘The Fantasticks’

The Fantasticks

A full production of the classic 1960s musical “The Fantasticks” will be presented Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield College.

“The Fantasticks” is the world’s longest running musical and a light-hearted but thought-provoking tale about love, friendship, and the role of fantasy and theater in daily life. The cast includes students participating in the Musical Theatre Workshop class.

“The Fantasticks,” with music by Harvey Schmidt and book and lyrics by Tom Jones, was originally written as a one-act play that premiered at Barnard College for one week in 1959. Once reworked, it opened in New York in 1960 and ran until 2002, having performed an astounding 42 years and more than 17,000 performances. Due to popular demand, an Off-Broadway revival of “The Fantasticks” opened in August 2006 at the Snapple Theater Center in New York City and continues to run.

“The Fantasticks” is loosely based on “Les Romanesques” by French dramatist, Edmond Rostand, more famously known as the playwright of “Cyrano de Bergerac.” The plot draws from several romantic stories, including the story of Pyramus and Thisbe from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Director Hannah Penn is on faculty at Linfield and Portland State University and has been teaching college courses, performing and directing for more than 15 years. She has performed more than 30 roles with opera companies around the country. Pianist Susan McDaniel is principal staff accompanist for the Linfield College Department of Music and the Portland Opera and is featured weekly on the All Classical radio program, “Thursdays @ Three.”

The performance is free, open to the public and sponsored by the Linfield College Department of Music. For more information, call 503-883-2275 or visit

Community news

Daniel Pollack-Pelzner, the Ronni Lacroute Chair in Shakespeare Studies, has published two recent articles – “Two Ways to Bring Shakespeare into the Twenty-First Century” in the New Yorker and “Lin-Manuel Meets ‘Moana’” on Public Books.

Career Development successfully secured a grant of $47,130 from the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education program. This award will enable the office to provide year-round vocational discernment programming for undergraduates during their sophomore year at Linfield.

Verena Sutherland, adjunct professor in the English Language and Culture Program, presented “Teaching Logic To Help International Students Create Logic-Based Arguments in Academic Writing” at the ORTESOL (Oregon Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) fall conference Nov. 18-19. The presentation focused on teaching logical fallacies and formal logic in high intermediate and advanced ESOL writing classes to improve students’ abilities to construct successful arguments.


Campus calendar


12:30-1:30 p.m.: Blood pressure clinic, 106 HHPA

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse

5:30 p.m.: Women’s basketball at Northwest


Noon: German table, Walnut Room, Dillin Hall

7 p.m.: “Seasonal Celebration of Music and Light,” Ice Auditorium


4 p.m.: Fall chamber music concert, Delkin Recital Hall

5:15 p.m.: Wildcat Workout, Fieldhouse


4 p.m.: Stuff the Bus, Walker/Riley parking lot


12:30 p.m.: Men’s basketball vs. Laverne


4 p.m.: “The Fantasticks,” Ice Auditorium