Around 80 or more members of the Portland Symphonic Choir will be singing in Vancouver, BC this weekend as part of the American Choral Directors Association's Northwest Convention. As a member of the choir's tenor section, I'm looking forward to singing for the indie choral folks. We will perform Sid Robinovitch's "Prayer Before Sleep," Alice Parker's arrangement of "Y'susum Midbar" ("The Desert Shall Be Glad"), and Bryan Johanson's "Lux Aeterna," which PSC commissioned for its 2004-2005 season (and recorded). Johanson's wrote his work for choir and cello solo, and we'll perform it with cellist Hamilton Cheifetz, who teaches as Portland State (as does Johanson).
After we return, we'll get back to work on the pieces that we are doing on March 12th with PDQ Bach: "The Seasonings" and "Oedipus Tex."
PS: The Pacific Youth Choir, directed by Mia Hall Savage and based in Portland, will also be singing at the ACDA convention