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Westside’s state champion choir was just one of the showcased selections at the Spring Choir Concert this week. All in attendance were treated with a variety of performances over the course of the evening. What a year (yet again!) for the voices in the Westside choir. Also performing during the evening was Westside’s new band. What talented musicians walk these halls here at Westside!
Westside’s Concert Choir captured its 11th consecutive OSAA Oregon State Choir Championship on Thursday, May 4th. The choir received 339 out of a possible 360 points. Amazing!
Hats off to a group of dedicated choir students and to Mr. Fox! You can see and celebrate with our state championship Concert Choir, the award-winning Soli Deo Gloria, and with our new Concert Band at our Spring Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 15th, at Westside!
Soli Deo Gloria, Westside’s premiere singing group, is enjoying a very successful spring! On March 25th, the group performed on the two Finals shows of the All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest and received standing ovations at both shows! On April 22nd, the group captured first place in its division at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, receiving terrific comments from the judges: “Outstanding vocal jazz ensemble! Thanks for your dedicated efforts!” “Great energy.” “Such a fine performance! Great singing and programming!”
One of the things Mr. Fox loves about the trip to Pleasant Hill is that Soli members stay after the festival concludes to help tear down the venue where the festival is held. From breaking down chairs, to taking down staging and backdrop drapery, the group has served each of the past four years we’ve attended this festival.
Last Friday, April 28th, Soli competed in the Oregon Chamber (Small) Ensemble State Championships at Pacific University. Soli competed against 10 other schools that qualified for the small ensemble championships, most of which are 5A and 6A schools. Soli placed 3rd at the State Championships. The group sang Exsultate Justi, a Renaissance piece, and Norman Luboff’s All My Trials. Two of the judges had Soli scored in second place!
Mr. Fox is very proud of the members of Soli and of their accomplishments. Of course, they comprise only a part of the school’s Concert Choir that will compete this Thursday at the Oregon State Choir Championships at George Fox University’s Bauman Auditorium at 4:20 p.m.
You can hear Soli, our Concert Choir, Westside Voices, our non-auditioned choir, our Inaugural Concert Band, which almost qualified for the state championships in its first year, and some amazing soloists and duets at our Spring Music Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 15th, at 7:00 p.m. in the Westside Christian Gym and Commons. Please join us!
Soli Deo Gloria recently won its division at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival, and last week placed 3rd at the Oregon State Chamber Choir Championships! This was against schools of all sizes in our state who qualified for this chamber ensemble state championship. What an impressive performance by our students and school!
Soli Deo Gloria performed exceptionally well on the two final shows at the All-Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest. They received two separate standing ovations! They will be singing again this weekend at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival.
Come listen to all school singers in choir and band during their spring concert on Monday, May 15th.
Westside’s Soli Deo Gloria qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships last weekend. Soli is embarking on a busy spring! The group performed at the Solo and Ensemble contest and received a 97/100 score and qualified for the Oregon State Small Ensemble Championships on Friday, April 28th, at Pacific University!
Soli will also be featured on the 71st Annual All Northwest Barbershop Quartet Contest Finals shows at 2:00pm and 7:00pm on Saturday, March 25th. For tickets visit: www.balladtownusa.com.
Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir will do their Guest Performance this Friday, Jan. 13th at 4:00 p.m. at the Oregon Music Educators Association All-State Conference in Eugene. The choir will perform at Beall Hall on the University of Oregon campus. Please be in prayer during this wintery week for the choir’s safe trip and for a God-honoring and inspiring performance at OMEA.
You are invited to come hear Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir perform a free, 30-minute Preview Concert Sunday evening, January 8th, 6:30 p.m., at Calvin Presbyterian Church at 10445 SW Canterbury Ln. in Tigard.
This Preview Concert will follow a special rehearsal that afternoon with two choral clinicians as the choir continues its preparation for a special Guest Performance on January 13th at the Oregon Music Educators Association (OMEA) Annual Conference in Eugene. That concert will be held at 4:00 p.m. in Beall Hall on the campus of the University of Oregon.
The concert on Sunday, January 8th, will feature the same song set that the choir will perform at OMEA. Please join us!
Concert Choir Invited to Prestigious Guest Performance at OMEA
Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir has received a prestigious invitation to be a Guest Performance choir at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference and All-State Weekend in Eugene in January 12-15, 2017. The choir will perform on the 4:00 p.m. Concert Hour on Friday, January 13th, at Beall Hall on the University of Oregon campus. The choir was selected from an audition sample that included song recordings of the last three years of choirs at Westside. We have our choir alumni, including some in this year’s current choir, to thank for helping us to be selected for this honor.
Check out this YouTube Link to Soli singing this powerful Christmas song: World for Christmas
Here is the bio for Mr. Fox and for the Concert Choir which will be in the OMEA program next month as the choir performs!
Will Fox is in his seventh year as director of choirs at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Oregon. In addition to two choir classes and the combined Concert Choir, Will teaches a performing worship team class called Ignite, and he started a Concert Band program at Westside this past fall. He owns a private music studio where he teaches voice, piano, and guitar. Will worked as an Associate and Music Pastor for twenty years prior to his teaching at Westside.
Fox serves as one of the High School Repertoire and Resource Chairs for Oregon ACDA and is a certified choral adjudicator in Oregon. He is the Associate Director of the Oregon SenateAires Barbershop Chorus, one of the finest choruses of its kind in the country. He sings Lead in One Man Short, a champion barbershop quartet. He spent the past four years singing with the Marylhurst Choral Union and two years with the Marylhurst Chamber Choir.
Westside Christian High School Concert Choir
The Westside Christian High School Concert Choir is a 50-voice choir from a 3A, private high school located in Tigard, OR, with a population of 240 students. Westside does not have a graded choir program; it simply welcomes any student who has a desire to sing. The choir consists of students in grades 9-12. An auditioned class of fourteen singers (Soli Deo Gloria) and a non-auditioned class of thirty-six singers (Westside Voices) meets four days per week in separate classes, preparing music for each ensemble, as well as for the combined Concert Choir. The Concert Choir, joining those two ensembles, only meets together on select Thursday mornings for an hour about fifteen times per year and has a fall and spring retreat. Despite these limitations, the choir program has enjoyed numerous awards and honors.
Under Fox’s leadership, the Concert Choir has won the OSAA 3A Choir State Championship the past six consecutive years and Soli has won several jazz festivals in its division. Westside’s choral program strives to reach three goals: Glorify God, Share the Love of Christ with Others, and Sing with Excellence. The Performing Arts department at Westside Christian consistently exhibits excellence in its vocal and technical development of students who possess varied singing abilities and experience. Westside regularly receives comments on its broad and varied programming, in its presentation of various musical styles, in its commitment to excellence in musicianship, and in the growing character of its students.
Mr. Fox and the choir are deeply honored and humbled by the invitation to perform today for OMEA. Thank you!
Congratulations to Westside’s choir students, past and current, for their pursuit of excellence and for their opportunity to be used by God to minister in music.
Concert Choir Blesses Packed Audience at The Grotto on Sunday, Dec. 4th
The Concert Choir presented a 45-minute concert in front of a packed house at The Grotto’s Festival of Lights on Sunday. The choir sang very well for this early in the year. Prior to departing for the Grotto, Joel Vermillion did a photo shoot for the choir and Mr. Fox to be included in the choir’s program for its guest appearance at the Oregon Music Educators Association annual conference on Friday, January 13th, at Beall Hall on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene. On Friday night, Dec. 2nd, the choir performed to a huge audience at Washington Square.
You can hear our choirs and concert band this Monday night at Westside’s annual Christmas Concert and Art Show. The Art Show begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons, and the concert begins at 7:00 p.m. in Gym. Both events are free, so bring your friends!