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The voices of the Linfield Concert Choir resonated with high school choir
students on Feb. 19 in Ice Auditorium. Surrounding Yamhill high schools
gathered together to showcase their voices to other schools at the Linfield
College Small School Invitational. The Linfield Concert Choir started the invitational by singing the song “To Morning.”
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Members from the Linfield Concert Choir sang solos of songs that related to love and intimacy at Liederabend: An Evening of Art Song on Wednesday, Oct. 16.
“Lieder began around the break of the 19th century when music became intimate,” Anton Belov, an assistant professor of the music department said. “[And] Lieder simply means song.”
The event was prepared by Belov and Natalie Gunn, professor in the music department.
Liederabend is German for a recital, but is also signifies an evening of song.
It is a traditional that stems from the 19th century in Vienna, Austria.
A liederabend takes place in an intimate atmosphere like a living room or grandeur of a concert hall.
The songs performed were all in different languages including German, French, Spanish and Italian.
“Since art song as a genre is primarily focused on entertaining the middle classes, composers wrote about themes that would be more universal, such as love and the loss of it,” junior and soprano in the choir Delaney Bullinger said.
Each soloist was accompanied on the piano by Susan McDaniel, who is new faculty member the music department.
Before each song the soloist would recite a quote in English related to the subject of the song. From these songs the audience could get a sense of each song’s meaning and significance.
“The world is going into slumber, but the pain in my heart never sleeps,” senior Gulfem Tornular said, a mezzo-sporano in the Concert Choir who sang “Gestillte Sehnsucht” by Johannes Brahms.
McDaniel accompanied Tornular on the piano and senior Tabitha Gholi on the violin.
There was also a humorous quote recited by Bullinger before she sang the song “Quel Galant M’est Comparable” by Maurice Ravel, who was a French composer in the late 19th and early 18th centuries.
“Look at me. I’m the most handsome man in this town. I can have any of these women I want, but I choose you,” Bullinger said, making the audience laugh.
The choir students began practicing their songs since the beginning of the semester.
Each student met with Belov and Gunn once a week at individual times.
Junior and baritone in the choir Ryan Thompson said that the choir hopes to make Liederabend an official event that occurs once a semester.
Thompson performed “Das Wandern” by Franz Schubert, an Austrian music composer.
“I really enjoy how playful the melody and lyrics are [in “Das Wandern”], as I essentially get to be a farm boy enjoying the simple pleasures of hiking around the German countryside,” Thompson said.
“I can definitely relate to the song as I am a pretty happy-go-lucky guy myself that enjoys taking in the beautiful landscape of the Willamette Valley every now and then.”
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The songs from the “Lift Every Voice” performance on Oct. 11 all had hope as their common theme.
“We can’t really be without hope…it is universal,” said Anna Song, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities.
“Lift Every Voice” featured the Linfield Concert Choir, the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club and the Women’s Vocal Ensemble.
There were a variety of songs performed in various languages, including English, Indonesian, French and German.
“MLK” was the second song performed of the night by the Wildcat Men’s Glee Club with soloist Ryan Thompson. The song was composed by the band U2 in remembrance of Martin Luther King Jr. on the 50 anniversary of King’s “I Have a Dream Speech.” In the concert’s “Lift Every Voice” program a quote from King is noted: “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.”
Another song that was performed was called “Dying Soldier” sung by the Linfield Concert Choir with soloist senior Josef Komarek as the voice of the dying soldier. Originally produced in 1962 by Army Chaplain Rev. L. J. Simpson after his brother was killed at Fort Donelson, Tenn.
According to the concert program the song portrays, “hope that frees the dying soldier to face death easily” at the climax of when the choir repeats the words of the soloist, “because I love Jesus.”
The Linfield Concert Choir also shared the strong emotions that come along with being in love with several song selections from the German composer and pianist, Johannes Brahms. From his collection of songs called “Neue Liebeslieder,” the collection’s name means love songs, and the final piece in the collection “Zum Schluss,” meaning in conclusion, closes the collection.
Projecting the ideas of hope and unification between two lovers after a raging emotional storm between two lovers reflected in the earlier songs.
The concert ended with “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
“[The song] served to end the concert on an uplifting note,” Song said.
“As it embodies the kind of hope that, shared, will overcome the darkest of circumstances,” Song said. “It was commonly heard as the rallying cry during the Civil Rights Movement and continues to represent the past and present fight against racism and injustice.”
“There were really wonderful solo voices in the choir,” audience member Myrtle Frick said, whose husband Elmer Frick taught in the Linfield mathematics department for 28 years starting in 1957.
Since then, she has gone to many of the music department’s recitals.
“I thought the concert was very moving,” senior Amber Hay said, who went to support her friends in the concert.
“Overall, I was happy to see some of my friends do so well and I am grateful that they have so much support from both the Linfield community and the McMinnville community,” Hay said.
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The Linfield College Con- cert Choir did more than just sing at its first spring show- case performance at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 22 in Ice Auditorium.
The choir department spent 10 days in Costa Rica during January Term break from Feb. 2 to 12. In addition to performing, the students discussed their experiences and shared what they learned about Costa Rican culture and music.
“Essentially, we gave formal concerts almost every night,” said junior Jaimie McDonald, the choir tour manager.
The choir department visited Catholic and Methodist churches and several other locations in Costa Rica where it performed in front of Spanish speaking audiences.
“We shared our music with the people there during formal and informal performances, while transcending the language barriers,” Max Milander said. “Despite many of us not speaking Spanish and performing songs mainly in other languages, the power of music definitely helped us accomplish that goal. Thankfully, we all rose to the occasion night after night and kept a positive attitude no matter what the obstacles were.”
Language barriers were not the only aspect of Costa Rica that the choir depart- ment struggled with.
“There’s this cultural difference in timing,” McDonald said. “They run on ‘tico time,’ essentially, anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour behind schedule on everything. It actually helped us relax a little bit—we’re so used to being busy-bodies and needing to rush, but we had to slow down and learn to wait. It was good for us.”
Trips abroad are opportunities for students to bond and get to know one another in different environments.
“Every choir tour is an incredible opportunity for growth, both individually and as an ensemble,” McDonald said.
In addition to their performances, Linfield students did an exchange with local uni- versities and a children’s hospital. They also had free time in which they spent visiting a cloud forest and hot springs resort.
While in Costa Rica, the choir experienced Calypso music. Calypso is a style of Afro-Caribbean music that is common among most musical forms in Costa Rica.
“It’s hard to pick just one favorite memory out of this amazing trip,” sophomore Charlotte Laport said. “One of my top favorites would be to look out in the audience and to see President Hellie look so proud of us at every concert.”
President Hellie accompanied the choir department on its trip to Costa Rica.
“The choir sang well even at the beginning of the tour, but as it performed for increasingly enthusiastic audiences, it became more confident, relaxed, and unified,” Hellie said. “It was fun to hear them in such diverse venues: in cathedrals and performance halls but also in a city park, a hospital lobby, a cafeteria and even a tropical cloud forest. I was very proud to be with them.”
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The Linfield Concert Choir used its recent tour of New Mexico and Arizona as more than just an opportunity to sing, but an opportunity to grow.
“Tour was many things, but most of all, it was a journey the students and I embarked on together filled with opportunities to make music together and share the joy of singing with others who love to sing, as well as those who do not have easy access to live music,” said Anna Song, choir director and assistant professor of music. “There were opportunities to grow musically, emotionally, spiritually, and as an ensemble, and opportunities to represent Linfield in a different part of the country.”
The choir toured Phoenix, Prescott, Sedona, Winslow and Window Rock in Arizona and Albuquerque and Santa Fe in New Mexico.
Sophomore and Concert Choir Secretary Jaimie McDonald said that the most valuable experience she had during tour was visiting a rehabilitation center in Sedona, Ariz.
“Mostly for older adults with medical rehabilitation needs, the rehab center was a very quiet place,” McDonald said. “When we performed, you could just feel the energy in the room brighten up, and the smiles on the patients’ faces were huge. It was so special to bring joy to their lives through music.”
McDonald said that bringing happiness to the audience is what the choir tries to do every time they perform.
“One of the best things about being a service-based choir is the giving of oneself to others and also having the joys we give multiplied and returned to us,” McDonald said.
The tour concluded with its last performance at Linfield in the Ice Auditorium on April 4.
The performance opened with a showing of a video made by Jeremy Moll that documented the eight days the choir spent on tour. It chronicled the choir’s activities and performances, and it depicted the contagious joy and positive energy of the members of the choir and the people they came in contact with.
When reflecting on the tour, McDonald said, “My favorite part of choir tour was the opportunity to form deeper connections with my peers who I may not have known as well prior to tour.”
“Although it is a choir tour, it is much more than just about singing,” Song said. “The purpose of the annual trip is to transform the world around us with the beauty of music and to be transformed through the music and through all those we encounter along the way.”
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