Spring choral concert highlights diverse songs and students’ talent

Septembre Russell

“It’s a part of being human, to express yourself through song,” Anna Song, director of the Linfield Concert Choir, said.

That is exactly what will take place in Ice Auditorium May 18, at
2 p.m in Melrose Hall as Song teams up with Masterworks Chorale Director Robin Pederson to present the Spring Choral
Choir Concert. 

The concert promises a diverse program from folk songs to contemporary music, Song said.

The Concert Choir will perform “My Spirit Sang All Day,” by George Finzi set to a poem by English poet Robert Bridges. The composers are known to unite music and poetic texts in
their arrangements.

The Masterworks Chorale will feature folk arrangements from Philip Wilby, James Erb, Maurice Goldman and a composition by poet Robert Sund.

Song has directed and taught music since 2001. She instructs music at St. Celia School in Beaverton, Ore. and directs the St. Rose Children’s Choir in Portland. Song is also assistant conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir and the artistic director of a professional women’s ensemble, “In Mulieribus“
which means amongst women. 

Song received her master’s in conducting from the Yale University School of Music and her bachelor’s in composition from the University of California in Los Angeles.

Pederson contributes to 11 choirs, among which are the McMinnville High School Symphonic and Concert choirs. Pederson holds a master’s degree in conducting from Portland State University and headed the music department at Great Falls High School in Montana.

There she earned various awards with her choirs at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Northwest American Choral Directors Association convention, before relocating to
McMinnville.

“They’re ready,” Song said. “But we can always rehearse more; it takes time to (build) an ensemble, but we had a really fun time.”

The Spring Choral
Concert promises to be an exciting event.

Come listen and embark on a musical journey as the concert choir and the Masterworks Chorale delight Linfield.

There is no charge to attend the concert, and it is open to the public. For more information, contact the music department at 503-883-2275.

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