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10/22/2008 Linfield bands, choir to perform Veterans Day concert

McMINNVILLE – A collaboration of more than 150 student musicians from Linfield College and McMinnville High School will perform a Veterans Day concert on Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 NE Evans St. The concert is open to the public. Canned food donations for local food banks will be accepted as admission. A special presentation will be made by the Oregon Honor Guard. The performance will feature the Linfield Concert Band, under the direction of Joan Haaland Paddock, professor of music at Linfield; the Linfield Jazz Band, directed by Steve Kravitz, adjunct professor of music at Linfield; the Linfield Concert Choir, led by Anna Song, interim director of choirs at Linfield; and the McMinnville High School Symphonic Choir, under the direction of Robin Pederson. It will run 90 minutes with intermission. The program will kick off with "Star Spangled Banner," "Esprit de Corps," "Elegy for a Young American" and other patriotic selections, followed by jazz music from the big band era including "Stompin' at the Savoy" and "Woodchoppers Ball." Swing dancers will also perform. The choirs will perform along with the bands in selected numbers, among them "Be Thou My Vision," "America, the Beautiful," "We Were Soldiers" and "The Stars and Stripes Forever." Paddock said the collaboration among band and choir members is exciting. Guest conductors will bring an inspiring level of musicianship to the band, she added. "It is wonderful to see how responsive they are under another conductor's baton," said Paddock, director of bands since 1994. "They've learned to watch, understand gesture and translate that into musical meaning." Paddock is the first woman to receive a doctorate in trumpet performance from Indiana University, where she received the prestigious Performer's Certificate in addition to master's and bachelor's degrees in trumpet performance and music education. She studied conducting, and as a Fulbright scholar to Norway, studied trumpet at the Norwegian State Academy of Music. An Emmy Award winner, Paddock is an active member of the College Band Director's National Association, Music Educators National Conference, National Band Association, Oregon Band Director's Association, Oregon Music Educators Association and the International Trumpet Guild. Kravitz holds bachelor's and master's degrees from California State University, Los Angeles. He has performed in groups such as the big bands of Jimmy Dorsey and Harry James, the Oregon Symphony, Portland Symphonic Choir, Linfield Chamber Orchestra, and performed as a studio musician on a number of television shows. In addition to instructing classes at Linfield, he has been a private woodwind instructor since 1968. Song earned a bachelor's degree in composition from UCLA, and a master's in conducting from the School of Music and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University. In addition to her position at Linfield, Song is artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional early music women's ensemble, founding director of the St. Rose Youth Choir and music teacher at Holy Redeemer School. Pederson teaches music at McMinnville High School and she is also the music minister at McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. She holds a bachelor's from Pacific Lutheran University and a master's in choral conducting from Portland State University. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.