Concert of the Umpqua Singers

March 29, 2012 - 17:30 - 18:50
Nador u. 13
Lobby (ground floor)
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Center for Arts and Culture (CAC)
Concert of the Umpqua Singers

UCC’s Umpqua Singers are one of the premiere vocal jazz ensembles in the Pacific Northwest. This 13-member group performs a broad range of musical styles ranging from traditional swing to contemporary R & B. With 14 CD’s to their credit, the group performs 45-50 engagements per year. The Umpqua Singers were the featured performers at the Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony in Washington D.C. on December 12, 2002. In 2010, they have traveled to Aranda de Duero, in Spain, Roseburg’s sister city. In addition to frequent radio and television broadcasts, the Umpqua Singers have been featured on FOX, C-SPAN, and XM Satellite Radio. The Umpqua Singers is a scholarship program at Umpqua Community College.

The group is under the direction of Dr. Jason Heald, director of music studies at UCC. Dr. Heald is an active composer, performer, educator and clinician in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a Ph.D. in composition from University of Oregon. Before arriving in Roseburg, he taught at Western Oregon University, Linfield College and Mt. Hood Community College. He is a published composer and has also been the recipient of many ASCAP symphonic and educational awards.

The members of this year’s Umpqua Singers and their high schools are: Katie Beach, Douglas; Katy Bennett, home schooled; Arielle Chasteen, Umpqua Valley Christian; Erin Duckworth, Glide; Brandon Franko, Grants Pass High School; Nick Kirby, Oakland; Taylor Luzier, Sutherlin; Shady Moore, Douglas; John Olson, Roseburg; David Powlison, Roseburg; Taylor Siling, Roseburg; Brandon Westmoreland, Sutherlin, and David Whitney, South Albany High School.

There is no admission fee for the event.