Updated September 19, 2017
Our 2017 Concerts were: August 12/13 in Boise, Idaho
and September 16/17 in Vancouver, WA and Longview, WA
Nicole Lamartine - Associate Conductor
The group rose to new heights of musicianship and choral performance under the direction of Dr. Nicole Lamartine. She brought a fresh approach to choral tone and reminders of principles of singing that brought tangible results. She is truly a "conductor of electricity" and we're delighted she has consented to become Associate Conductor. Nicole has sung with us for the past few years. If awards were given for the "long-distance traveler" for rehearsals and concerts, Nicole would win each time. She is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Wyoming in Laramie and comes to Vancouver (our "center of operations") three times a year. (You may read more about Nicole HERE and on our Directors page.)
We're also thrilled for Nicole as she was asked to direct the men's honor choir for the AMIS organization of American schools in foreign countries which was held in Abu Dhabi, UAE, the week of March 2-5. See more about Nicole's fantastic adventure by checking her posts on Facebook HERE. Needless to say, Chor Anno is elated to have her singing with us and taking over more and more of the conducting. We are so fortunate to have this rising "star" of the choral world...and it is world-wide...as part of our group!
But wait, there's more...
Nicole's collegiate choir from the University of Wyoming was invited to participate in the Tolosa Choral Contest in Tolosa, Spain. Here (left) is photo of Nicole on stage at the festival. This event was held early in November, 2017.
She is more and more in demand as a conductor of honor choirs all around the world. As of November 15-20, 2017 she conducted the Alaska All-State Mixed Choir in Anchorage.
Carrie Rice Scott is Chor Anno's newest member. Carrie is from Auburn. She has extensive credentials both as a singer and as a director of choral music. She sings soprano. Carrie is also a member of Opus 7, a professional choir in the Seattle area.
We had two new men join us in 2016, Daniel Schreiner and Jacob Funk.
Daniel is is the Director of Choirs and IB Music at Foss High School in Tacoma. He also serves as the Music Supervisor/Music Director at ManeStage Theatre Company in Sumner. He is a published composer (Santa Barbara Music Publishng) and graduated a couple of years ago from Central Washington University.
Jacob Funk teaches at Clark College, Vancouver. Jacob just received his doctorate in choral conducting from the Music Conservatory of the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Read about Jacob on our singers page in the tenor section.
Jim Crislip takes what we hope is a temporary leave of absence
We regret to say that Jim Crislip, a founding member of Chor Anno will be unable to sing with us this year. Jim has had some recurring issues with his voice that are not responding to treatment. We miss him terribly, not only because of his beautiful first tenor voice, his utmost accuracy and musicianship, but because he is well-loved by other members of the group, always positive and supportive. He remains a permament member of Chor Anno. If this voice issue can be fixed, we're hoping to see him back.
Justin Wisness joins Chor Anno
Justin is the director of choirs at Rogers High School in Puyallup. In addition to continuing a program of incredible choirs at Rogers, he brings another marvelous tenor voice to Chor Anno. Justin was the recipient of the "Outstanding Emerging Choral Director Award" presented by Washington's American Choral Directors Association...this in 2011. It's a privilege to have this voice and this amazing, talented man with us!
*Concert venues for 2017
We departed from our usual concert giving this year and sang TWICE in 2017. Does this mean we have to change the name of the choir from "the annual choir" (Chor Anno) to...? I won't even venture to say!
First, we sang in Boise, Idaho on Saturday, August 12th, at First Presbyterian Church, downtown Boise.
Then we sang in the "Cathedral of the Rockies" in Boise at 2 p.m. on Sunday afternoon, August 13th.
Our SW Washington concerts were September 16 and 17.
Saturday, September 16 - 7:00 p.m. at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, 428 E. Fourth Plain, Blvd., Vancouver, WA
Sunday, September 17 - 2:00 p.m. at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1428 - 22nd Ave., Longview, WA
Our audiences in both Vancouver and in Longview were perhaps the largest we have had yet. The response was gratifying and the accolades for both concerts have been overwhelming.
"What a heavenly experience. Thanks for your hard work. I hope you never give it up!" (AL)
"Beautiful, exquisite music this afternoon in Longview! Thank you, Chor Anno." (PB)
"It was a grand concert last night in ever so many ways. I was totally surprised when the music so engaged my inner soul that I felt like tears were going to burst out when the music so affected me in the piece "We Can Mend the Sky." We are truly blessed by your gifts. (BD)
"What exquisite music making!" (PS)
Dozens of "likes" and positive comments have popped up on Facebook. We thank you all for taking the time to write!
Karen P. Fulmer, Federal Way, WA
Don E. Wiitala, Longview, WA
Twyla V. Brunson, Kent, WA
April Duvic, Vancouver, WA