Department SpotlightWhitworth Choir Selected to Perform at 2008 American Choral Directors Convention
The Whitworth Choir, under the direction of Marc A. Hafso, has been invited to perform at the 2008 Northwest Divisional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, which will be held Feb. 20-23 in Vancouver, B.C.
The ACDA is a non-profit organization comprised of thousands of choral professionals representing school choirs, industry and institutional organizations, places of worship and community and professional choirs. Under the ACDA, choirs are required to maintain the same director for a minimum of three years before submitting an application to perform at an ACDA convention.
The Whitworth Choir was selected to perform at the 2008 convention after a competitive audition before adjudicators at state and divisional levels. The Whitworth Choir's application included choir recordings and programs from the past three years.
Hafso is director of choral and vocal activities, professor of music and director of the Whitworth Choir. He is also a guest conductor, guest soloist, clinician and adjudicator.
The Whitworth Choir is regarded as one of the premier college/university choirs in the Pacific Northwest and continues to build upon a 70-year heritage of fine choral singing at Whitworth. The 50-voice choir pursues an active schedule that includes its popular Christmas Festival Concerts in Spokane and the Seattle area, regular tours, performances of major works with orchestra, and recording projects.
Reflecting its commitment to music education and excellence, the Whitworth Choir has appeared at regional conventions of the American Choral Directors Association and state conventions of the Washington Music Educators Association and Music Educators National Conference. The Whitworth Choir has also produced several compact discs; its latest recording, My Spirit Sang All Day, was released in fall 2006. This fall the choir will release Pilgrim Spring, featuring selections from the choir's 2007 spring tour in Colorado.