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Idaho State University chamber choir selected to perform in Seattle at Northwest division convention of American choral directors

Posted March 7, 2014

The Idaho State University Chamber Choir has been selected to perform at the Northwest Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Seattle this March.

“This is a very high honor and places our choral program in the same category as those from University of Washington, University of Oregon, Pacific Lutheran University, and other fine choral programs,” said Scott Anderson, ISU choral director. “It is a select group of choirs invited to perform at this event.”

Anderson submitted recordings of the ISU Chamber choir recorded during the past three years that were evaluated against the recordings from more than 75 other college and university groups. From that pool, the ISU Chamber Choir was chosen as one of seven choirs to perform.ISU Chamber Choir

More than 800 American Choral Association members will attend the convention from six states, including Alaska, Montana, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Wyoming. The conference runs March 13-16. The 22-member ISU Chamber Choir will travel to Seattle on March 12 and will perform at 10:30 a.m. March 14 at Town Hall, a concert venue located in downtown Seattle near the convention hotel.

Besides being a high honor, the convention offers learning opportunities for choir members who can attend dozens of choral workshops. They’ll also have the opportunity to make connections and network with representatives at the convention.

The convention is also an opportunity to promote ISU and attract students to its choral programs.

“Being invited to perform raises our profile in our recruitment base,” Anderson said. “Most of our students come from the six states represented at the convention, and there are choral directors attending from hundreds of high schools throughout the region.”

Anderson is in his 20th year as the director of choral activities and professor of music at ISU. He received a bachelor’s degree in music from Whitworth College, his master’s degree from Westminster Choir College, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

He serves as the artistic director of the Idaho International Choral Festival and has conducted more than 100 choral festivals. Anderson has been featured as guest conductor, lecturer and teacher throughout the United States and abroad.

The Idaho State University Chamber Choir is a select undergraduate collegiate choral ensemble open to all ISU students by audition. Chamber Choir members rehearse twice per week and are selected based upon exemplary levels of musicianship and artistic commitment, Anderson said. The ISU Chamber Choir began a tradition of international travel in 1996 and has toured more than 22 countries over the past 18 years.

The University is funding the choir’s trip to Seattle.

“Kandi Turley-Ames, the Arts and Letters dean, assisted us with presenting applications to the provost to get the funding to make this possible,” said Anderson. “We appreciate the support we’ve received.”
More information on the convention is available online at www.nwacda.org.

For more information on ISU choral programs, visit idahostateu.com/choralprograms.
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