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Northwest Girlchoir

Director: Sara Boos

Northwest Girlchoir

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Northwest Girlchoir promotes artistic excellence by and for young women through extraordinary performance and education experiences, in a community that fosters personal growth, friendships, and respect for diversity.

Five auditioned choir levels-Fresca, Amabile, Vivace, Amore, and Ensemble, serve 170 choristers, grades 3-12. Three non-auditioned programs, Songbirds, Music Makers and Prep Choir, serve girls age 4 - Grade 2.

Choristers learn musicianship, vocal technique and performance skills and participate in mainstage concerts, outreach events, and collaborations, touching thousands of audience members with their critically-acclaimed choral sound and artistry. Choristers also have the opportunity to participate in regional, national, and international choral festivals and tours. Recent festival appearances include the Pacific International Children's Choir Festival in Eugene, Oregon, the American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Seattle, and Festival 500 in Newfoundland, Canada. In 2006, the Amore choir toured Croatia, Slovenia, and Northern Italy and in 2009, Amore toured Western Australia.

Discography

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Northwest Girlchoir : Daybreak

Review: The 190 singers of the renowned, Seattle-base Northwest Girlchoir, ages 4-18 and divided into groups named "Fresca," "Amabile," "Vivace," "Amore" and "Ensemble," bring us a strong collection of favorites from their concert performances, from 2006 to 2008. Among these 22 mostly piano-accompanied tunes are some wonderful gems, including Stephen Paulus' title tune," Benjamin Britten's "A New Year Carol" and the very funny "My True Love Gave to Me" by Fresca; Janet Gardner's "Morning" and "Jazzy St. Nick" by Amabile; Amy F. Bernon's "On Wind, On Wing" and the Bulgarian folk song "Nikolo le, Kikolcho le" by Vivace; the Hungarian-Canadian folk song "Morning Star" and Irving Berlin's "I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" by Ensemble, Dede Duson's "Dawn" and R. Murray Schafer's "Snowforms" by Amore; and Z. Randall Stroope's "Omnia Sol" and Stephen Hatfield's "Living in a Holy City." A very special collection from the sweet, clear voices of NWGC!

Songlist: Daybreak, The Lake Isle of Innisfree, A New Year Carol (from Friday Afternoons), My True Love Gave to Me, Morning, El Desembre Congelat, Jazzy St. Nick, Noel, Noel, On Wind, On Wing, Nikolo le, Nikolcho le, Morning Star, You are the New Day, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm, Dawn, Snowforms, Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus maisons, Choose Something Like a Star, African Celebration, Ain't No Mountain High Enough, Yo Le Canto Todo el Dia, Omnia Sol, Living in a Holy City

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9016c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs


Northwest Girlchoir : Heart & Soul

Review: Seattle, WA-based Northwest Girlchoir provides extraordinary music education and concert experience to 190 girls and young women ages 4-18, who hail from throughout the Puget Sound. Choristers participate in concerts, community events; regional, national and international festivals and tours, touching thousands of audience members with their artistry and critically-acclaimed choral sound. For this live recorded concert at Seattle's Meany Theatre, the ensemble was joined on the last three selections (the traditional European chant and S. African anti-apartheid song "Hope for Resolution," Sarah Hopkins' "Honour the Earth," and Oscar Peterson's "Hymn to Freedom") by over 50 NWGC alumnae and veteran accompanist Dwight Beckmeyer. There are 18 songs here, mostly accompanied by piano, a "best-of" selection from the group's concert performances. John Muehleisen's commissioned piece "Glory! (A History Lesson), Carolyn Jennings' 4-part "Cat and Mouse," the sweet "Manx Lullaby," Bob Chilcott's "Like a Singing Bird," Marta Keen's "Homeward Bound," the traditional Zambian song "Bonse Aba," the English folk song "Scarborough Fair," and the Stephen Hatfield-arranged spiritual "First to Know." A beautiful collection from this wonderful ensemble from the North country!

Songlist: Glory! (A History Lesson), Cat and Mouse, Where is Love?/Who Will Buy? (from Oliver!), Manx Lullaby, The Trolley Song, Like a Singing Bird, Give Us Hope, Homeward Bound, Mandoline, Bonse Aba, Cantate Domino, Vocalise, Scarborough Fair, Heart We Will Forget Him, First to Know, Hope for Resolution, Honour the Earth, Hymn to Freedom

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9017c | 00 1 CD | $15.95 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs


Northwest Girlchoir : Inscription of Hope

Review: Over 100 members of the Girlchoir, directed by Rebecca Rottsolk, bring together this concert of songs and simple, elegant texts that celebrate the resiliency of the human spirit against great adversity. The essence of the CD comes from the first song, the words taken from a cellar wall where Jews were hiding from the Nazis in WWII: "I believe in the sun even when it is not shining and I believe in God even when God is silent." There are 3 songs from "I Never Saw Another Butterfly," a musical memorial to the 15,000 children who passed through the town of Teresienstadt on their way to Auschwitz. 14 songs, all lightly accompanied, that touch the heart from these talented young voices!

Songlist: Inscription of Hope, Nigra Sum, Adonai Ro'i, The Butterfly, On A Sunny Evening, Birdsong, Bashana Haba'Ah, Hava Nagila, Sure on this Shining Night, Precious Lord, Take My Hand, Hymn To Freedom, African Celebration, I'm Going Up Yonder, Light One Candle

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6626c | 00 1 CD | $15.98 | Some a cappella Girls Choirs CDs

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