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On December 20th, WCHS held its annual Christmas Concert. The concert featured Westside Christian High School’s 12-time State Championship choir and State Championship band. Soli Deo Gloria, our auditioned choir, and Adult Supervision, a barbershop quartetfeaturing three WCHS students and Mr. Fox, also performed some toe-tapping Christmas classics. And special guests, The SenateAires Chorus performed.
This event is always a highlight of the year. Families, alumni, and community members showed up to support and enjoy WCHS’s growing music programs.
Photo Credit: Peter Van Houten
Westside Christian High School’s Performing and Fine Arts students will be having their Spring Concert and Art Show tonight, May 21st, at Westside. The Art Show begins at 6:00 p.m. in the Commons, followed by the Concert in the Gym at 7:00 p.m.
The concert will feature four award-winning ensembles:
- The Concert Choir (for the 12th consecutive year) won the 2018 OSAA 3A State Choir Championship on May 3rd!
- The Concert Band (in its second year of existence) captured the 2018 OSAA 3A State Band Championship on May 9th!
- Soli Deo Gloria had another great year and finished second at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival! on April 21st!
- Adult Supervision, a barbershop quartet made up of three Westside students and Mr. Fox, finished second at the Oregon State Barbershop Quartet Contest on April 7th!
This will be the final time this school year to see and hear these ensembles perform a full concert, including the numbers that won them their awards. Make every effort to join us for the celebration. Cookies and drinks will follow as we lift up a toast to the students for an incredible year of music-making!
Westside Christian High School’s Concert Choir won the OSAA 3A Choir State Championship on Thursday, May 3rd, at George Fox University. Under the direction of Will Fox, the Concert Choir engaged the audience and adjudicators with a program featuring six songs: Hark, I Hear the Harps Eternal, Light Everlasting, Abendlied (Luke 4:29), Emerald Stream, Good Night, Dear Heart, and Nda Wana.
The adjudicators were very appreciative of the young choir’s intonation, beautiful tone, and commitment to excellence. The choir’s program was judged by four distinguished choral educators and conductors, including the choir’s sight reading ability, which was tested after their stage performance.
This is the twelfth consecutive OSAA 3A State Choir Championship for Westside Christian, the longest standing streak in the history of the State Choir Championships, which began in 1987. Bob Crews developed the fine choral tradition of excellence at Westside and won four state championships. Kristy Moore and Miriam Gibby each won a state championship in 2008 and in 2009. In 2010, Mr. Fox was hired and has carried on the tradition of strong musical arts, winning eight consecutive state championships in his eight years of teaching.
Mr. Fox says, “I inherited a fine tradition of choral music at Westside. While my first year was certainly a challenge in trying to develop my own program and winning over the students to my way of creating music, these last eight years have really been about the students! I’ve had the thrill of working with great young people who have trusted me to help them become engaged high school musicians. I’ve also had the great privilege of being the choir director for my own two children! I have the best job!”
Westside freshmen, William Golsan and Andrew Gillett, sophomore, Henry Golsan, and Will Fox, Westside’s music teacher, have been singing as a Barbershop Quartet called Adult Supervision this spring. Initially formed last year as Brothers and Others, they entered an unofficial contest, to rave crowd reviews. In January, the foursome decided to again put a few songs together and return to the Forest Grove contest. After finishing in the finals to a standing ovation, and repeating as the crowd favorite, the group decided to compete in an official Barbershop Harmony Society (BHS) contest in Eugene April 7th. Registering with the BHS, the quartet needed a new name. The boys chose “Adult Supervision,” with their idea being that they supervise the adult in their quartet.
The quartet received a standing ovation, and a surprising 2nd place finish, six points from winning the Oregon state regional division contest and qualifying for the October District Championship (five states and two provinces of Canada). You can watch (and listen!) to their performance here: Adult Supervision. The judges were astounded with the quartet, with it being so new and the boys so young in age and barbershop experience. Their score of 74.8 is an incredible mark, only 1.2 percentage points away from qualifying to compete at the BHS International Quartet Competition. Next year the group may look to qualify for the BHS International Quartet Competition, held in Salt Lake City, Utah.
You can hear Adult Supervision at the Spring Concert at Westside Christian on Monday, May 21st, at 7:00 p.m. in the Gym.
Soli Deo Gloria prepared a package of jazz music to perform at the Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival this past weekend, and there captured 2nd place. The group received high praise from the judges, and were lauded from many in the audience as well. You can take a look and listen to their performance here: Soli at Pleasant Hill Jazz Festival
Soli has been participating in this festival for five years, and Choir Director Will Fox is the most proud not of the outstanding finishes Soli always seems to secure, but rather the service-heart of Westside’s students. Again, as they have in the past, students stayed long after finals songs had been sung to break down the staging, sound system, chairs, etc.
It was a great weekend of fun, great singing, and service. Congrats Soli!
Monday night our music students provided a wonderful kick off to the Christmas Season. The Choir, Soli Deo Gloria, Concert Band, and soloist blessed the audience with traditional and contemporary pieces, celebrating the coming of Christ to the earth. Many alumni joined the Choir in their traditional musical finale of Messiah Has Come and Let Us Adore.
Thanks to Mr. Fox and all of the students for serving us such a special evening!
Come enjoy Westside’s annual Christmas Concert and Art Show on Monday, December 11th. The Art Show starts at 6pm, and the Christmas Concert at 7pm.
We hope to see you there!
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!