Greetings, faithful readers! First, let me thank you for taking this journey with us as we have travelled to Powell River, Canada. When you read this blog, we know your heart joins with us as we share our music and our lives with the people we meet along the way.
As the Kathalmixw competition continues into the week, the Chamber Choir is rallying to face more and more difficult challenges with aplomb and, more importantly, an ever-increasing sense of community and support.
Wednesday was the main category of the competition here in Powell River, and our own set consisted of:
Christus Factus Est -Anton Bruckner
The Coolin -Samuel Barber
Hallelujah -Leonard Cohen, arr. Ethan Sperry
Hello from roommates Jaclyn, Genna, and Lily!
Powell River is absolutely, exquisitely beautiful. We had our largest amount of free time today to do some exploring around the town. Half of the alto section woke up early to take an amazing run through the area surrounding the hotel, and let us tell you, while Mt Hood is stunning, it ain't nothing compared to Powell River.
Hi! Alto Emily Skeen here to report on day two of the wild Chamber Choir excursion to Canada. Yesterday was our long travel day that included hundreds of miles driving, two ferry rides, and a whole lot of coffee.
After a wonderful evening having deep discussions, playing video games, singing with kids, and being VERY well fed by our amazing home stay families in Marysville, Washington, we were back on the road. We made it to Vancouver by noon, and after a brief detour/excursion/wrong turn through the city, one shockingly rude Canadian driver, a sighting of a gray kilt-wearing, beard-having, top hat-rocking Vancouverite, and a playground/bathroom stop we made it through the surprisingly busy city to make it to the first ferry terminal by 2pm.
Then, after a game of inter-van, radio battleship we made it to the second ferry right on time, where we encountered one of our competitors, a high school choir from Slovenia. Now I know what you’re thinking, we really want that totem pole, but we had a lot of fun talking with them and are very excited to see them perform this week.
We arrived in Powell River at 8:30pm, and quickly made our way to our adorable oceanside hotel to get settled in. Surprisingly the sun had not set quite yet and we enjoyed another full hour of Canadian sunshine while we unpacked and began to explore the area. After everyone had eaten and explored to their hearts content we celebrated in true Chamber Choir fashion and, to our credit, only had to be (very politely, of course) asked to quiet down once.
It’s sunny, warm, not to mention beautiful outside today, and we’re excited for kayaking, local food, and of course the opening ceremonies! Stay tuned to hear the next chapters of our tour in wild Canadia!
Hi everyone - Jason Sabino here. I'm a tenor and assistant conductor in the PSU Chamber Choir and I'm excited to start off the blog for our Canada Tour! This is also my first choir tour EVER and I couldn't have gone with a better group of people for my first time.
The Chamber Choir is on our way to Powell River, Canada, where we'll be competing at the International Choral Kathaumixw along with 30 other choirs from all over the country. We'll be seeing choirs from the US and Canada, as well as New Zealand, Russia and even Africa! The grand prize winner gets a totem pole. WE WANT THAT TOTEM POLE.
Our first stop was in Hood River, performing at Riverside Community Church. We set off from Portland along I-84, which is always an absolutely gorgeous drive once you approach Multnomah Falls and the Columbia Gorge. The weather was absolutely gorgeous too - check out these pictures of Hood River that I took:
Our Hood River performance also marked the debut of the Chamber Chamber Chamber Choir, the sextet which consists of Lisa, Emily Sellin, Megan, Ben, our director Ethan, and myself. I've been having a great time singing with these people in a one-on-a-part setting and it's great that we finally got to share the fruits of our labor in public.
Our next stop the next morning was Seattle (Seattle First Baptist Church) and then Marysville (Mountain View Presbyterian Church) before going on to Vancouver, BC tomorrow. Despite some delays on the way, lots of driving (250 miles) and very little rehearsal time, I was super proud of Chamber Choir for bringing their "A" game and singing their hearts out.
It's definitely been a busy weekend, but I think it's a perfect way to get into the right mindset going on the Powell River and the start of the International Choral Kathaumixw. Other choir members will be making blog posts along the way, so stay tuned and keep checking back! Stay tuned and see if we make it past the Canadian border tomorrow! Oh, the suspense. Thanks for reading!
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Portland State Chamber Choir
PSU School of Music
1620 SW Park Ave, Lincoln Hall 231
Portland, OR 97201