Thursday, July 31, 2014

Chamber Choir Advances to American Prize Finalist List


After a first place showing at the World Choir Games in Riga, Latvia, the Linn-Benton Community College Chamber Choir learned it has advanced to the finalist round of the American Prize in Choral Performance, the fifth year in a row it has done so.

LBCC’s choir is the only community college choir on the American Prize finalist list, which includes 10 choral groups from around the country. LBCCs Concert Choir also advanced to the semi-finalist round in the competition for a third year.

The Chamber Choir, under the direction of James Reddan, will compete for the American Prize against university choirs from California, Utah, North and South Dakota, Georgia, New Jersey, Texas Virginia, Illinois and Ohio. Winners will be announced in September.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Choirs Win 1st, 2nd & 4th Place!

LBCC choirs did extremely well at this year's 8th World Choir Games held in Riga, Latvia!

Read all about it here and in this Albany Democrat Herald news article:

http://democratherald.com/news/local/lbcc-choir-wins-gold-certificates-at-world-choir-games-in/article_0d223b44-110a-11e4-bec3-0019bb2963f4.html

From Director James Reddan, July 21

We have made it home safe and sound and I have the final results for the other two categories to share. 

Results of our first category, 8th World Choir Games:

Open Competition
Category 17 - Musica Sacra A cappella

Gold Diploma Level 3
2nd Place in the World
Linn-Benton Community College Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir
New Qualification: The Champions Competition
(There was less than a point between us and 1st place!)

Open Competition
Category 8 - Mixed Chamber Choirs

Gold Diploma Level 6
1st Place - World Champions
Linn-Benton Community College Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir
New Qualification: World Champions of the Open Competition Category 8
                                The Champions Competition

This was also the 2nd highest score of the entire Open Competition regardless of category!

Category 20 - Musica Contemporanea

Silver Diploma Level 10
4th Place
Linn-Benton Community College Concert Choir
New Qualification: The Champions Competition

Thank you all so much for all of your support.  The students learned so much from this experience and this was truly the opportunity of a lifetime for all of us!

What an amazing opportunity to share our common bond of music and singing together with over 27,000 singers from 73 countries and over 500 choirs from around the world!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Choir Update, Day 2

It is just after 12 a.m. here in Riga on the July 18 (we are 10 hours ahead) and just finished checking that everyone is in for the night.

We are all fine and doing extremely well. We completed our third and final competition set this afternoon and it was absolutely amazing. We are quite a distance away from everything else going on in Ukraine and things are absolutely calm and we are doing well.

Being with such wonderful people and students here all brought together in song has been such a wonderful experience for all of us. We find out our first results tomorrow evening after a friendship concert and coaching session.

We have competed with choirs from all over the world here, over 70 countries to be exact. We are all staying safe and being proactive about safety.  This evening was our only free evening this entire time and all are doing well!

We are also posting on facebook daily so you can also check my facebook as well and there are even some recordings from today's competitions.

We will keep everyone posted as we learn our results of the competition over the next two days!

James Reddan

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Choir Update, Part 2, Day 1

What an amazing day! As long a day as it has been, it has been truly magical.

We were up at 7:30am to eat, then a rehearsal for the Chamber Choir plus an Acoustic Rehearsal at Riga St. John's Church (over 900 years old), then over to the Great Guild for the Acoustic Rehearsal for the Concert Choir. Lunch, change clothes, then meet and competitions began!

Watching these singers' faces glow and sparkle as they make some of the most beautiful music is absolutely amazing!

I am so proud of our LBCC students in both the Re-Choired Element Chamber Choir and Concert Choir who competed in the Musica Sacra A cappella and Musica Contemporanea categories at the 8th World Choir Games here in Riga, Latvia today!

It is such an honor to work with these amazing students each and every day. Both performances moved me to tears as I was conducting these wonderful musicians! Now it is time for some rest and on to the Mixed Chamber Choir competition tomorrow!

James Reddan, LBCC director of Choral Activities

First News Update from Choir in Latvia

News from James Reddan, LBCC director of Choral Activities

The choirs have arrived in Riga, Latvia for the 8th World Choir Games after two successful performances in Helsinki, Finland at the Temmpeliaukio Kirrko (Rock Church) and Niguliste (St. Nicholas Church) in Medieval Tallinn, Estonia.  The choirs received standing ovations from both audiences.

Here is a short snippet of the chamber choir in Tallinn at the Niguliste
https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=jKsaWWVosIo

Here is another of the concert choir in Tallinn at the Niguliste
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2VcsDD_e4lo&list=PLD5621F23978A4E3C&feature=player_embedded

Upon arrival in Riga and lining up for the Parade of Nations, we were asked to lead the USA in the parade, and I was asked to be the flag bearer.  The entire thing was televised on the national Latvian News.  We are about 45 minutes in.  Here is the link:
http://www.ltv.lv/lv/raksts/15.07.2014-8.pasaules-koru-olimpiades-daliibnieku-gajiens.id32373/

I also attached a picture taken during the parade with us leading the US.  If you see the video you will see a lot and see how big this really is. Over 300 choirs walked in the parade today with lined streets!

It was really amazing to be a part of such of a huge international community of singers today and we meet them on the stage in the spirit of not just competition, but music and singing tomorrow as we compete in two of our three categories (Musica sacra a cappella and Musica contemporanea).

More to come!

James Reddan

Monday, July 14, 2014

LBCC Contracting with the Government Seminar Series

Seminars on how to contract with the government will be offered through the Small Business Development Center at Linn-Benton Community College.

Seminars will be offered with different topics. Cost for each seminar is $19.

“Responding to Solicitation,” which covers the steps to the bidding process, will be held Thursday, July 24 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the LBCC Albany campus, Forum building, room F-202.

Additional seminars include: “Post-Award Debriefing and Subcontracting held August 21, and “Managing a State Contract or Sub-Contract” held September 25.

Advance registration is required. For more information or to register, call 541-917-4929.