Prime Voci in the Baltics
During the summer of 2016 the young women of Prime Voci embarked on a two week concert tour of the Baltic region of Eastern Europe which began in Helsinki, Finland. After a few days they crossed the Gulf of Finland by ferry, arriving in Tallinn, Estonia where they toured the ground of the Tallinn Song Festival which seats 300,000 in a country of 1 million!
From there, they headed to Riga, Latvia and on to Kaunas and Vilnius, Lithuania before returning home. Video excerpts of their performances can be heard on our
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Cantamus at PICFEST
Returning to the Pacific International Choral Festival this past summer for our fourth time, has been a tremendous honor and accomplishment for Cantamus! Both singers and their parents (chaperones) experienced a busy week of daily rehearsals and performances. (see their comments below)
Taking place on the beautiful campus of the University of Oregon in
he festival numbered some 200 singers from the Puget Sound, Bonner Springs, Kansas and Ontario,Canada.
PICFEST has intentionally created and maintained over the years a non-competitive festival atmosphere where singers are encouraged to support and congratulate each other, while developing friendships with choristers from all other participating groups.
This year's event offered us a slightly different experience from previous years, as an exclusively all female festival choir, led by Dr. Andrea Ramsey taught in daily rehearsals and conducted the final festival performance. The girls also experienced the unique opportunity of performing at the closing concert along with the renowned singer/composer Moira Smiley and VOCO.
Based on the feedback I received from Cantamus and my own professional observations, we were all very excited and inspired by this year's festival and Dr. Ramsey's work with us! I hope to be able to return to PICFEST with Cantamus in the near future for a similar positively lasting experience!
--Alex Gagiu - Cantamus Conductor & SGC Assistant Artistic Director
Chorister Shares Her PICFEST Experience Many factors contributed towards my week at PICFEST becoming one of the most enjoyable in my 13 years. As a chorister, I had the pleasure of working with conductor, composer, and professor, Dr. Angela Ramsey, as well as composer and musician, Moira Smiley. In these rehearsals, I found myself opening up through music, not only to my fellow choristers, but to students from different states (and provinces) ranging from the east to west coast. At PICFEST, I made several new friends and reconnected with old ones through humor and sisterhood. We've had countless unforgettable moments including being conDUCKted by Puddles, the University of Oregon's mascot, and comical evening meetings. Read more...