A Day in the Life of the Oregon SenateAires
Salem, Oregon – October 10, 2016 – Traveling the state, the Oregon SenateAires completed one of their best tours in the group’s history on October 1, 2016. Three performances were completed at the Tillamook County Library, celebrating the 10th Anniversary of their new building; a music celebration for the Prestige Senior Living Five Rivers facility, also in Tillamook; and as performing for the Oregon State Police Fallen Officer Memorial Dedication Ceremony in Salem.
The day started with a 9:30am call for chorus members who traveled from throughout the state to meet at the Tillamook County Library for an 11:00am performance. Sara Beeler, librarian for Tillamook County, began the celebration at 10:00am with a short ceremony and serving of cake in the atrium of the library, followed by The Oregon SenateAires performance for 100 patrons and staff. The 10th anniversary continued until 9:00pm with other performers, recognition of board members, tours, and highlights of the history of the library. (Pictures attached)
The second stop on the day-long tour was the Prestige Senior Living Five Rivers facility in Tillamook for close to 200 residents and staff. Tracy DeLano, Executive Director, served as Master of Ceremonies and assisted with a raffle featuring CD recordings of The Oregon SenateAires.
The third and final stop for the Oregon SenateAires was at the Public Services Building off the Oregon Capitol Mall for the dedication ceremony of the Oregon State Police Fallen Officer Memorial. Honoring thirty-three troopers who lost their lives in the line of duty, guest speakers included Governor Kate Brown and Oregon State Police Superintendent Travis Hampton. The Oregon SenateAires sang “Alleluia” by Larry Gatlin, and “Bring Him Home” from Les Miserable, featuring Assistant Director Will Fox for an audience of several hundred Oregonians.
The Oregon SenateAires Artistic and Musical Director for twenty-five years, is Steve Morin. While Artistic and Musical Director, the SenateAires have won the Evergreen District (Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and western Canada) Championships 14 times, and he has directed the SenateAires on the International Contest stage 14 times. The chorus placed fifth in the world at the 2012 International Contest that was held in Portland, Oregon.
The Assistant Director is Will Fox, Director of Choral Music at Westside Christian High School in Tigard, Oregon. Fox successfully led his choirs to Oregon State 3A performance championships for the past six consecutive years. He is the proprietor of “Music at Will”, offering high quality private music lessons in voice, piano and guitar to both adults and children in the Greater Portland area.
Performances this year are scheduled at the Willamette Valley Lutheran Retirement Home, Nov. 11th 2:00pm for Veterans Day; November 20th at the Oregon State Fairgrounds for “An Old Fashioned Christmas” from 1-5pm; 2016 Festival of Lights at the Grotto in Portland December 1, 8:00pm; and “An Oregon Christmas” December 4, 2016, 2:00pm at Chemeketa Community College Auditorium.
For more information about the chorus, including potential membership, call (971) 208-7135, or email the chorus at infor@SenateAires.org. To see prior performances of the SenateAires, visit the website at http://www.SenateAires.org/?page_id=496
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