Treble Choral Festival (June)
East Meets West –
Guest conductor Sandra Snow’s return to the picfest podium is always a rich and exciting experience for singers, directors and audiences. Snow led the festival chorus’ exploration and performance of Tse Go La, an evocative work by American composer Andrea Clearfield drawing on her experience living with a remote community in Nepal. The piece served as the centerpiece for Gala Concert program East Meets West.
Participating choirs: Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir, Pennsylvania Girlchoir, Keystone State Boychoir trebles, Northern California Children’s Chorus, Peninsula Girls Chorus and Vivace Youth Chorus.
A special workshop by Filipino guest artists Maria Thereza Vizconde-Roldan, Jude B. Roldan and Hail Mary the Queen Children’s Choir shared music of the Philippines and helped prepare all of the choirs for a Gala Concert performance of two of the couple’s compositions, Inday sa Balitaw and O Lord Hear My Prayer.
Boys & Young Men’s Choral Festival
North Meets South
Guest conductor Fernando Marlvar-Ruiz of the renowned American Boychoir brought his considerable artistry and inspiration to the inaugural year of this new festival, and laid the groundwork for its continuation as a biennial picfest event. The repertoire included music for both upper voices and lower voices alone as well as a combined SATB chorus.
Participating choirs: Boychoir of Ann Arbor; Calgary Boys’ Choir; Florida’s Singing Sons Boychoir; Keystone State Boychoir Young Men; Ragazzi Boys Chorus and guest artists Male Ensemble Northwest who presented workshops and collaborated with the Festival Chorus on several pieces.
Members of the local ensembles Eugene Gleemen and Oregon Boychoir joined the gathering for an evening of sharing, coaching from Malvar-Ruiz and rehearsal of a collaboration piece for the Finalé Concert.
Applications are already arriving for the next Boys & Young Men’s Choral Festival in 2017.