Linfield Reports, 4/19/10


The Linfield College Department of Music will present the spring band concert featuring the Linfield Concert Band and the Linfield Wind Symphony Tuesday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield College. The concert is free and open to the public.

Under the direction of Jay Chen, conductor of the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensembles, the band will present multiple pieces. The performance will include “Celebration Overture” by Paul Creston, “Suite Francais” by Darius Milhaud, “Trevelyan Suite” by Sir Malcolm Arnold, “Old Scottish Melody” arranged by Charles Wiley and “Second Suite for Band” by Alfred Reed.

Chen earned a bachelor’s degree from the Sichuan Conservatory of Music in China and a master’s degree from Oregon State University. He directed the OSU Trumpet Choir which toured in China during September 2009. Currently at Linfield for the spring, Chen conducts the Linfield College Band and Brass Ensembles as a sabbatical replacement. He is the principal trumpet for the Portland and Eugene Operas and has worked with both the Oregon and Eugene Symphonies. He has performed in the Oregon Bloch Festival in Newport, the Oregon Coast Festival in Coos Bay, the Sunriver Music Festival and the Cascade Music Festival in Bend. He has been a brass faculty member at the Marrowstone Music Festival in Wash., and is currently on the trumpet faculty at the Young Musicians and Artists Summer Camp in Salem. Chen also serves as a soloist, clinician and adjudicator in China as well as throughout the Northwest.

For more information, call 503-883-2275.


A vibrant array of costumes, characters, singing and acting will fill the stage during “Carousel,” the award-winning musical by Rodgers and Hammerstein, presented by the Linfield College Opera Theater and Gallery Theater.

Eight shows will be presented at the Gallery Theater in McMinnville. Performances are April 23-25, 30, and May 1-2, 7-8. Curtain is 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and 3 p.m. on Sunday.

The performance is stage directed by David Howell, adjunct professor of music at Linfield, and music directed by Gwen Leonard, professor of music at Linfield. It is the culmination of the Linfield Opera Theater, a one-credit course offered each spring to give students music theatre experience. Students not in the class can also perform in the production.

In the production, set in a Maine coastal village toward the end of the 19th century, the swaggering, carefree carnival barker, Billy Bigelow, captivates and marries the naive millworker, Julie Jordan. Billy loses his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant and, desperately intent upon providing a decent life for his family, he is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing the certainty of prison, he takes his own life and is sent “up there.” Billy is allowed to return to earth for one day fifteen years later, and he encounters the daughter he never knew. She is a lonely, friendless teenager, her father’s reputation as a thief and bully having haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love.

The Linfield-Gallery collaboration combines expertise from both organizations. Gallery is providing sets and costumes while Linfield provides the stage direction, musical direction and musicians.

“The collaboration between Linfield Opera Theatre and Gallery Theatre has been very successful over the years and for this huge production, it has worked out beautifully,” said Leonard.

The cast features 59 members including principals, ensemble singers, dancers and musicians. Among the six principals, three are from Linfield – sophomore Chelsea Janzen of Amity, sophomore Kayla Wilkens of Salem and senior Andrew Pohl of Bremerton, Wash.

The Linfield College Opera Theater gives students an opportunity to combine singing and acting ability in the context of studying repertoire from the best of musical theatre. The workshop was established in 1993 when student singers collaborated with the Linfield Chamber Orchestra in a performance of Pergolesi’s “la Serva Padrona.”

Tickets are $15 general admission, and $13 students and seniors. Gallery’s box office is open Tuesday through Friday; noon to 6 p.m. For tickets, call 503-472-2227 or go to


Admitted students and their families can live the life of a Linfield student during Spring Visit Day April 19. Information regarding Linfield’s academic programs and student activities will be shared. Students are encouraged to stay overnight in a residence hall.

High school juniors and their families are invited to campus for the Spring Open House April 26. The day will include sessions regarding choosing the right college, the admission and scholarship process, academic departments, student life, study abroad opportunities and athletic programs at Linfield. For more information, call 800-640-2287.


Linfield College students will come together to volunteer their time and effort during Global Youth Service Day Saturday, April 24.

Global Youth Service Day is an annual campaign that celebrates and mobilizes youth to improve the community. The celebration was established in 1988 and is the largest service event in the world, celebrated in over 100 countries. This event gives youth the power to focus on the world’s most critical issues and move towards improvement. This service is done in partnership with families, schools, businesses, governments, and community and faith-based organizations.

This year, 125 Linfield community members will work with several local organizations including St. Barnabas Episcopal Church, Yamhill Community Action Partnership, Yamhill County Gospel Rescue Mission, Habitat for Humanity, Yamhill Basin Council, Yamhill Soil and Water Conservation District, Salvation Army Community Garden, and McMinnville Water and Light.

For more information, contact Holly Zajac, student engagement coordinator, at 503-883-2326 or


A collection of poetry with journal writing prompts and walking meditations along with selections from a work in progress will be shared by Edna Kovacs, Linfield instructor and author of “In A Place Called Sanctuary – Writings From A Healing Garden,” Tuesday, April 27, at noon in the Austin Reading Room of the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield.

In her book, “In a Place Called Sanctuary ¬– Writings from a Healing Garden,” Kovacs shares the journey of finding sanctuary. She uses photos, brief prose pieces and poetry to paint a picture of her own sanctuary, a house and garden purchased fall 2000 in Portland. The house itself was built in 1949 on old Alpenrose dairy land. Sequestered within an orchard of pears, plums, cherries and blueberries, it is surrounded by large elm, spruce, dawn redwood and hemlock trees. Through the exploration and construction of her outer sanctuary, she also creates an inner sanctuary through writing.

Kovacs will also read from a work in progress, “Scenes From a Magyar Village,” showcasing Hungarian folklore. As a third-generation American Hungarian on her father’s side, Kovacs researched her ancestry by writing a collection of folk tales for all ages that interweaves throughout the book the magical Hungarian “taltos,” who is akin to the Native American shaman. Kovacs also found inspiration in researching and listening to the folk recordings of the Hungarian ethnomusicologists, Bela Bartok and Zoltan Kodaly. Her reading will include a story about a frog who is an environmentalist, “The Frog’s Galliard,” as well as a story about a bear’s first hibernation, “Bela’s Nocturne.” Children are encouraged to attend.

Born and raised in Chicago, Ill., Kovacs earned a bachelor’s degree in anthropology and languages from Northwestern University, a master’s degree in education with specific endorsement in learning disabilities from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in expressive arts with a specialization in multicultural education from the Union Institute and University. Kovacs is the author of three books on writing including “Writing Across Cultures: A Handbook for Writing Poetry and Lyrical Prose,” “Writing With Multiple Intelligences” and “In A Place Called Sanctuary.” Her haiku chapbook, “Mandalas,” won the Cicada Chapbook Award. Kovacs has taught students of all ages and currently teaches in the English Language and Culture Program at Linfield. She also leads journaling workshops to individuals and family members coping with a cancer diagnosis at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital.

The lecture is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library. For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, college librarian, at 503-883-2517,


Linfield College theatre students will give an upcoming Shakespearean production a contemporary twist to engage the audience in a fun-filled night of theatre.

“The Comedy of Errors” by William Shakespeare and adapted by Janet Gupton, associate professor of theatre arts at Linfield, will be performed May 6-8 and 13-15 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall at Linfield.

The performance, evocative of today’s situation comedies, features a modern slant in setting, costumes and acting style. Set in the International Market Place of Waikiki in the present day in Honolulu, Hawaii, the production features two sets of twins who have been separated since birth and create confusion when they are mistaken for the other by their business associates and loved ones.

In addition to Gupton, the production also includes set design by Ty Marshall, professor of theatre arts; assistant set design by Alessa Downing, a junior theatre major; sound design by Robert Vaughn, instructional associate and technical director; costume design by Alethia Moore-Del Monaco, instructional associate and costume shop manager; assistant costume design by Steven Stewart, a junior theatre major; lighting design by Matthew Sunderland, a junior theatre major; and properties design by William Bailey, a sophomore theatre minor.

Tickets will go on sale Tuesday, April 27. Tickets are $9 for full price; $7 for seniors; and $5 for students, with a special $2 discount on opening night. For the matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9, mothers will get in for the special price of $5.

For more information, contact Linfield’s Marshall Theatre at 503-883-2292.



All day: Spring visit day


Noon: French conversation table, Dillin

7:30 p.m.: Spring band concert, Ted Wilson Gym


11:20 a.m.: Voices SoAn table, Dillin

Noon: German conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Chinese conversation table, Dillin


Noon: Spanish conversation table, Dillin

1 p.m.: Track and field at NWC championships

7:30 p.m.: Opera theatre opening night of “Carousel,’ Gallery Theater


All day: Global Youth Service Day

All day: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC championships

Noon: Track and field at NWC championships

Noon: Baseball at George Fox

Noon: Softball vs. Pacific


All day: Men’s and women’s golf at NWC championships

Noon: Softball at Pacific