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Fall 2016
Upcoming Concerts
Have you been to the  calendar page  at our website? It's filled with an amazing selection of performances throughout the greater Seattle area starring all six of the SGC choirs! Add them to your calendar and we'll see you at a performance!

November 20 - Festival of Trees

December 3 - Winterfest

December 6 - Seattle Symphony

December 6 - Piccolini Holiday Recital

December 10 - Gift of Song - All Choir Holiday Concert

December 11 - Make the Season Bright

December 17 - Carmina Angelorum

December 18 - Carmina Angelorum - West Seattle

December 21 - Seattle Yacht Club

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Musical Notes from Jake

Welcome back to another season with Seattle Girls' Choir!

Please join me in welcoming our new faculty into the SGC family. Stephen O'Bent has taken over the reins of Vivissimi, accompanied by Angela Birchman (who is  also playing for Dolcine.)  Jeremy DesChane joins Allegra as its new  accompanist (click on their photos to read more about them.)

Amanda Kunz and Emma Vizenor are teaching Prime Voci theory with me  on Monday  nights, and Sheila  Houlahan will be making regular appearances as a voice coach (all three are SGC alumna!)

Welcome (and welcome back) to all!

-Jacob Winkler, SGC Artistic Director

Jeremy DesChane
Angela Birchman
Stephen O'Bent
Summer Was a Time for Tours

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 You Tube Channel

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
Eugene, t 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...

A Chaperone's Thoughts on Cantamus at PICFEST 2016 In July, I had the honor of traveling to PICFEST with Cantamus as a chaperone. When I raised my hand to assist with trip, I thought it was the perfect opportunity for our girls to not only get to know each other better and prepare in a small way for the rigors of someday traveling in a group to tour Europe, but also a chance for them to network with other dedicated young women choristers from around the US and Canada. It would be a great setting to witness sisterhood through bonding as a group but to also gain appreciation for how other choirs operate, and to be exposed to different conducting and musical techniques. Read more...