Whitworth Communications

For Immediate Release

April 8, 2008

Whitworth Choir to Perform Spring Concert April 20 at Cathedral of St. John

Who: The Whitworth Choir, under the direction of Marc A. Hafso

What: Spring concert, "Ring in the Thousand Years of Peace," featuring works by Charles Stanford, J.S. Bach, Healey Willan, Jonathan Dove, Robert Schumann and Lionel Daunais

When: Sunday, April 20, at 3 p.m.

Where: Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, 127 E. 12th Ave., Spokane

Cost: Admission by donation at the door. For more information, please call (509) 777-3280.

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 choir most recently performed at the 2008 Northwest Divisional Convention of the American Choral Directors Association, held in February in Vancouver, B.C. The Whitworth Choir has produced several compact discs; its latest recording, Pilgrim Spring, was released in fall 2007 and features selections from the choir's 2007 spring tour in Colorado.

Marc A. 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. Hafso came to Whitworth in 2003 from Augustana University, in Alberta, where he developed a nationally recognized choral program.

Located in Spokane, Wash., Whitworth is a private, liberal arts university affiliated with the Presbyterian Church (USA). The university, which has an enrollment of 2,600 students, offers 53 undergraduate and graduate degree programs.

Contacts:

Marc A. Hafso, professor of music and director of choral activities, Whitworth University, (509) 777-4589 or mhafso@whitworth.edu.

Joan Lack or Loree Swegle, music department program assistants, Whitworth University, (509) 777-3280 or jlack@whitworth.edu or lswegle@whitworth.edu.

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

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