Chorale and Chamber Singers
The Whitman Chorale is the largest ensemble on campus, and well known for its captivating choral tone and emphatic performances. The size of this ensemble ranges from 80-100 singers from all disciplines, including members from the staff and faculty. Each semester Chorale performs one or two concerts, exploring exciting repertoire from Renaissance to modern day. Whitman Chorale frequently commissions and premieres new works, and collaborates with the Whitman Orchestra, and the Walla Walla Symphony. Recent collaborations include Beethoven's 9th Symphony with the WWSO, and the premiere of music by the award-winning Finnish composer Tellu Turkka. In the Fall of 2017, Whitman Chorale will premiere a work by Whitman's composer-in-residence, John David Earnest. Auditions for the Whitman Chorale are open to all singers, for more information please contact Dr. Riikka Pietiläinen-Caffrey.
Whitman Chamber Singers
Whitman Chambers Singers consists of 24 singers, mostly juniors and seniors, with high level musicianship. This ensemble performs choral literature from all time periods with an emphasis on a cappella vocal repertoire. This ensemble tours regularly, and participates in many campus events including flash mobs and the Chorale Contest. Chamber Singers often collaborates on special projects with the Walla Walla Symphony, as well as visiting composers and artists. Recent collaborations include premieres of works by Kristin Vining and Rie Daisies. In the Spring of 2016, Chamber Singers participated via video recording in Zodiak Dance Theatre's production of Michaela- the Queen of Everything in Helsinki, Finland. In the Spring of 2018, Chamber Singers will collaborate with choreographer Laura Pietiläinen on a production of Requiem Osun by Cuban composer Calixto Alvarez. You can hear Chamber Singers' recording of Kottarainen on Alliance Music Publication's web site. (http://www.alliancemusic.com/mp3/Kottarainen.mp3)