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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!
Congratulations to Mia Cywinski, Senior, and to Ethan Chung, Freshman, who were both selected for inclusion in the Oregon All-State Choir and Band, respectively. Mia was selected as a Soprano, and Ethan was selected in Trumpet through auditions they recorded in September.
The All-State Choir, Band and Orchestra weekend is January 12-15 and is the same conference that Westside’s Concert Choir will be featured at in a Guest Performance! Our three music department goals: Glorify God, Show the Love of Christ to Others, and Sing/Play with Excellence.
Westside’s State Championship winning choir sweetly serenaded the community last night at the Spring Choir Concert. A few shots from the memorable (and melodic!) evening below.
Congratulations to this year’s state champion Concert Choir, to their director, Mr. Will Fox, and to Westside Christian High School, on their remarkable run of ten consecutive state titles!
Last June, Westside’s choir program graduated sixteen talented seniors who had just led Westside’s Concert Choir to a spectacular year of performances, and came 21 points shy of a perfect score at the State Championships. A lot of talent and leadership walked out of the door on graduation night 2015.
In September, the choir program welcomed 25 new singers, most of whom had never sung in a choir before. Every fundamental of singing technique, sight reading, diction, music theory, tonality, etc., had to be developed. New bonds of trust and work ethic had to be formed. The Christmas concerts were a barometer of what this choir could accomplish. January introduced the challenge of learning four new, difficult songs. The hard work was rewarded at District in February, where the choir qualified for the State Championships.
The Spring Retreat at Camp Yamhill proved to be a very special time of growth in both performance and team building. The choir then faced the challenge of holding all of that growth and momentum together throughout the entire month of April. We talked all year of how success would be determined by how well we chose to live out our three goals: Glorify God, Share the Love of Christ with Others, and Sing with Excellence.
Last Thursday, our students performed exceptionally at the State Championships! They looked great. They sang well. They even learned enough about sight reading to earn a very respectable score in that category. In sum, this year’s choir exhibited the fortitude to stay on task toward common goals, to be patient, and to develop trust with one another. That determination and motivation resulted in a state championship for this fine choir!
The state performance, along with the announcement of the state champions and the choir’s singing of our traditional “Let Us Adore” were recorded by one of our supportive parents and was uploaded to YouTube, where you can view it here. No recording, however, will ever come close to what it’s like to hear this choir live. For that chance, come to the Spring Concert and Art Show on Monday, May 23rd. The Art Show begins at 6:00pm, and the Choir Concert begins at 6:50pm.
Westside Christian High School’s concert choir won the 3A State Championship again this year, marking the 10th straight time the Eagles have captured the title.
Great work WCHS Eagles!
Soli Deo Gloria competed on Friday and Saturday, April 15-16, at the 41st Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival and left as champions yet again.
A few highlights from Choral Director Mr. Fox:
Horrific motel experience (no rollaways, 1 room not cleaned, another room infested with fleas), fun breakfast, pictures on a playground, epic Dairy Queen, fabulous performances in the elimination and finals round, and overwhelming comments from our adjudicators about the level of Soli’s performance. There were jokes, laughter, and a servant’s attitude throughout from these amazing teens who are the only group (Westside’s Soli the past three years) in the 30 year history of PHJF to ever stay and help clean up everything that goes into a jazz festival of this scope. A McDonalds run at midnight and the weary, but satisfying drive home…it was a fabulous time with these students and three amazing chaperones that I love!!!
It was a perfect weekend!
#notoSuper8 #loveSoliDeoGloria #PHJFChamps
Westside’s choir spent the past weekend away at their spring retreat, and below Choral Director Mr. Fox shares some insights from the weekend.
Just a word about the choir students in our school and how they did at the Spring Choir Retreat this past weekend. I am very happy with the way they conducted themselves and with how they sang over the weekend. The clinician for the weekend was blown away with the quality we’re able to muster with such a small school population. I’m blown away with this year’s group that has 27 new singers in it!
They bonded, worshipped, and worked hard. They were kind and respectful to the camp kitchen staff, the chaperones, to our clinician, and to one another. They played well, sang well, and worshipped well. Soli even sang a song for a wedding there in the camp!!
While I can’t promise anything next month at the state championships, I’ll put up our choir to most any choir in our state! They should once again make a fine showing for themselves and for Westside. Please pray for them and encourage them during the next month to keep their edge and do their best in their concerts in May.
Westside’s Concert Choir secured a spot at State during Districts at Linfield College on Wednesday, February 24. They received scores of 91, 95, and 98 out of a possible 100. You can see and listen to the performance here. Westside will defend their state title at the State Choir Championships on Thursday May 5th, at George Fox University.
Put it on your calendar!