Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

July 3, 2001

Whitworth Choir Selected to Perform at 2002 Northwestern
Division American Choral Directors Association Convention

The Whitworth College Choir was recently selected to perform at the 2002 Northwestern Division American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) convention in Tacoma, Wash., March 6-9. Whitworth's invitation to the biannual convention is one of six issued to choirs in the northwestern division, which comprises Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Alaska, Montana and Wyoming.

"The Whitworth Choir has a long-standing tradition of excellence," says Bryan Priddy, assistant professor of music and director of the Whitworth Choir. "Opportunities to perform at such conventions validates this excellence."

Groups selected to perform at the convention go through a strict audition process, Priddy says. Once a director has been at an institution for three consecutive years, the choir is eligible to audition by submitting an anonymous audition tape. The Whitworth Choir was required to submit a performed song from each of the past three years to be reviewed by the ACDA.

"This is a huge boost for our choral program. One of the reasons many students chose Whitworth is because they want to major in something besides music, but also want to perform in a high-quality music ensemble," Priddy says. "When our choir and college get this kind of recognition on a consistent basis, we naturally attract some of the brightest students from the Northwest and beyond. In the end, everyone at the college wins."

The Whitworth Choir's last invitation to perform at the northwestern division ACDA convention came in 1996. The choir also was invited in 1999 to perform at the All-Northwest Music Educators State Convention.

The ACDA is a professional, non-profit organization composed of more than 20,000 choral musicians representing schools, colleges and universities, industry and institutional organizations, places of worship, and community and professional choirs.

Priddy joined the Whitworth faculty in 1997 after serving as director of vocal ensembles at the Arizona School for the Arts; conductor and assistant conductor of the University Choir at Arizona State University; assistant conductor of the Eastman Chorale at Eastman School of Music; and opera workshop conductor at Southern Seminary. Priddy holds degrees from Georgia State University, The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Eastman School of Music, University of Rochester. He is currently a candidate for a doctor of musical arts degree in choral music and literature at Arizona State University.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). The college enrolls 2,000 students in more than 50 undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contacts:

Julie Riddle, public information specialist, Whitworth College, (509) 777-3729 or jriddle@whitworth.edu.

S. Bryan Priddy, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities, Whitworth College, (509) 777-4589 or bpriddy@whitworth.edu.

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