Edward Willett


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, ...

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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 »

Music files once more online!

A website is never really finished, and I'm still working on this one, exploring the possibilities of the new design and adding in some things that haven't yet made the transition from the old site to the new one. I've just restored my page of music files. These are recordings of myself with various choruses and groups, ranging from the Harding University A Cappella Chorus and Men's Ensemble up through Midnight Sun (the a cappella group I sang with in the '9s, the University of Regina Chamber Singers, Livingston Square and Lyric Musical Theatre. There is also a recording of my dad singing Just A Closer Walk and other odds and ends. Check it out!

Posted by Edward Willett at 23:16, May 25th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Help the Canadian Chamber Choir make its first professional recording

As I've mentioned before, I'm on the Board, and among the pool of singers, for the Canadian Chamber Choir, a fabulous national choir made up of auditioned singers from across the country. I've sung on two projects, one in Ontario and last fall one right here in Saskatchewan, and I can't praise the choir and its director, Dr. Julia Davids, highly enough. If you love choral music, you would love to hear this choir sing.Except, of course, you have to be somewhere where they're touring to do so.But that will change in the near future. The Canadian Chamber Choir is currently raising funds to make its first professional recording this summer. (I won't be one of ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:24, March 6th, 2009 under Blog | Comment now »

Canadian Chamber Choir tour is getting close!

From October 18 to 25, I probably won't be blogging much, if at all, because I'll be touring Saskatchewan with the Canadian Chamber Choir.Here's the information about the tour from the official press release. If you're in the neighborhood of one of our concerts, please come out! It's a great group. We sing really purty-like.***The acclaimed Canadian Chamber Choir/Choeur de Chambre du Canada makes a long-anticipated return to Saskatchewan this month, bringing concerts and educational workshops to the west, centre and south of the province. The CCC is a unique group uniting professional singers from across the country which has garnered critical rave reviews and won fans across the country with its “extraordinary ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 15:50, October 9th, 2008 under Blog | Comment now »

Musical months ahead for me

I mentioned a while back that I'll be part of the cast of Persephone Theatre's Christmas production of Beauty and the Beast in Saskatoon. I thought I was playing Monseiur Dark, but I received my contract today and I'm actually being signed on to play Maurice, Belle's father. I'm pleased, to say the least, although of course I'm really much much too young to play the father of a grown...oh, who am I fooling.I don't remember if I've mentioned my other musical adventure for fall. In October, I'll be joining the Canadian Chamber Choir for their project in Vineland, Ontario, with a number of workshops and concerts planned for the area. I've received the music, ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 22:11, September 4th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »

The virtual choir

Well, it looks like this fall I'll be part of the Canadian Chamber Choir as it conducts workshops and tours out of Vineland, Ontario. Very exciting--I haven't had the chance to sing with a top-notch choir since my last year in the University of Regina Chamber Singers, then conducted by Kathryn Laurin, and that was three or four years ago now.Actually getting together physically with other singers to form a choir might be old-hat in a few years, though: a singing computer scientist at the University of Manchester hopes to develop the ultra-broadband technology needed to enable choristers from all over Europe to create seamless and polished live performances online without even being in ...

Posted by Edward Willett at 21:47, July 19th, 2007 under Blog | Comment now »