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4/28/2008 Choral groups to offer concert

McMINNVILLE – Two Linfield College choral ensembles will perform during the Spring Choral Concert on Sunday, May 18, at 2 p.m. in the Richard and Lucille Ice Auditorium in Melrose Hall at Linfield.

Students from the Concert Choir and the Masterworks Chorale will be featured.

The Concert Choir, directed by Anna Song, adjunct professor of music, will perform a program of music titled “My Spirit Sang All Day,” featuring Finzi, Schutz, Stanford, Clausen and others. These composers take poetic texts and set them to music throughout the centuries.

The Masterworks Chorale, directed by Robin Pederson, adjunct professor of music, will perform folk songs arranged by Philip Wilby, James Erb and Maurice Goldman, and a song composed by Robert Sund.

Song, who earned her bachelor’s in composition from UCLA and her master’s in conducting from the School of Music and the Institution of Sacred Music at Yale University, has been directing choirs and teaching music in the Portland area since 2001. Currently, she serves as music teacher at St. Cecilia School in Beaverton and director of the St. Rose Children’s Choir in Portland. Song is also the assistant conductor of the Portland Symphonic Choir and artistic director of In Mulieribus, a professional women’s ensemble.

Pederson, who earned her master’s in choral conducting from Portland State University, works with 11 choirs including the McMinnville High School Symphonic and Concert choirs and choirs at the McMinnville Cooperative Ministries. Before moving to McMinnville, Pederson was the music department head at Great Falls High School in Montana, where her choirs won multiple awards at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival and the Northwest ACDA convention.

The concert is free and open to the public. For more information, call the Linfield Music Department at 503-883-2275.