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Choral music and me, with links to actual music!

I've sung choral music all my life. Growing up in the Church of Christ, every Sunday morning and Sunday night and Wednesday night, I was singing hymns and gospel songs, a cappella. I started as a boy soprano, sang alto for a while, switched to tenor for about a year, and then settled into the bass-baritone I am today. In high school, I sang in the choruses conducted by my father, James Lee Willett, at Western Christian College. At Harding University in Arkansas, I sang in the Harding A Cappella Chorus, directed by Dr. Kenneth Davis Jr., and also in the rather boringly named Men's Ensemble. Since then, I've sung with the Regina Philharmonic Chorus, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 9:40, May 2nd, 2017 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Singing with the Prairie Chamber Choir

This year I've joined the Prairie Chamber Choir, directed by Melissa Morgan. I've missed singing with a high-quality choir, and this one definitely is that. We're working toward our Christmas concert on December 18, but we did have a mini-concert recently, singing three songs by Winnipeg composer Sid Robinovitch in the Classical Showcase of Break Out West 2016 (a.k.a. the Western Canadian Music Awards). And here's a video! The first piece is part of the set of songs for which Sid was nominated, although, alas, he didn't win. You'll find me second from the left (audience left, not stage left) on the back row.

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:36, October 31st, 2016 under Blog, Music | Comment now »

Canadian Chamber Choir seeks applicants for conducting fellowship for 2013 project in B.C.

The Canadian Chamber Choir, with which I sometimes sing and on whose board of directors I served for a few years, is once again seeking applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program. If you're a budding conductor, this would be invaluable...so read the press release below and consider applying! *** For Immediate Release CANADIAN CHAMBER CHOIR ANNOUNCES FELLOWSHIP FOR CONDUCTORS “A national treasure" -- Montreal Gazette "Beyond brilliant . . . Don't miss this choir" -- Hamilton Spectator The acclaimed national ensemble, the Canadian Chamber Choir, is excited to announce a unique opportunity for conductors: the CCC seeks applicants for its Conducting Fellow Program in conjunction with its October 2013 British Columbia tour. This is an ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 20:33, May 19th, 2013 under Blog, Music | Comment now »