(Single take, unedited tracks)
Each year the members of I Cantori sing live for thousands of listeners through church services on the campus of Walla Walla University, public concerts both on and off campus, and tours throughout the Northwest and further afield. Yet this performance felt so different and new that the choir acted a little edgy and unsettled.
Believing that this music deserves to be shared more widely with other friends and family we had gathered on Sunday, 20 January 2013 in the beautiful acoustics of the Walla Walla University Church. But the only listeners were microphones placed by Dr. Larry Aamodt, professor of engineering. After that small start we set additional recording dates and soon began to feel more at ease singing just for each other and the microphones.
Less than a month before we had returned from a tour to Hawaii and Southern California where we performed fourteen times over eleven days including concerts at the historic Kawaiaho’o Church (Honolulu), the Vallejo Drive SDA Church (Glendale), the Loma Linda University Church (Loma Linda, CA – and broadcast worldwide on LLBN), the three campuses of Hawaiian Mission Academy, Honolulu Central SDA Church, Co-Cathedral of St. Theresa (Honolulu), Azure Hills SDA Church (Grand Terrace), St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church (Encino), and two nursing home facilities, plus one brief but very memorable performance around the table of a group of on-leave marines at the Old Spaghetti Factory in Honolulu.
Regardless of the many venues we are privileged to visit it is always a joy to return to our own Walla Walla University Church – a space rich with spiritual memories for many generations of Walla Walla students. We pray that through this offering of praise and reflection God may warm your heart as you contemplate eternity alone.
I Cantori of Walla Walla University (2012-2013)
Chelsea Bond, Pine, CO – History
Zoe Foulston, Redlands, CA – Health Promotion
Stephanie Haddad, Redding, CA – International Communications
Lauren Heathcock, Lake Tapps, WA – English
Andrea Johnson, Durham, CA – English
Kristina Kozakova, Seattle, WA – International Communications
Hannah Myhre, Lodi, CA – Music/Pre-Medicine
Christina Nelson, Kelso, WA – Music Education
Lindsay Nelson, Spokane, WA – Health Science
Elizabeth Rice, Ukiah, CA – Music
Camlynne Waring, East Berlin, PA – Mass Communications
Emily Anderson, Wenatchee, WA – Health Science/Pre-Medicine
Lindsay Armstrong, Coeur d’Alene, ID – Biology/Pre-Medicine
Allison Berger, Eugene, OR – Art
Danica Betts, Monterey, CA – Biology/Pre-Medicine
Emily Fitch, Hillsboro, OR – Biology/Pre-Veterinary Science
Bethany Gerber, Abbotsford, B.C. – Elementary Education
Mae Liongco, Glendale, CA – Bio-Engineering
Caitlin Lupo, Ventura, CA – Mechanical Engineering
Leanna Quaile, Bismarck, ND – Elementary Education
Megan Schwark, Loveland, CO – Elementary Education/Music Education
Rychelle Willis, Shelton, WA – Math/History
Joel Beale, Houston, TX – Industrial Design
Ian Bilinowich, Portland, OR – History
Lance Downing, Mount Vernon, OH – Music Education
Austin Ebner, Chehalis, WA – Health Science
Andrew Edmister, Battle Ground, WA – Mechanical Engineering/Aviation
James Fesler, Mountain Home, ID – Music
Peter Flores, Temecula, CA – Music/Pre-Medicine
Rob Folkenberg, Spokane, WA – Theology
Ryan Kennedy, Penticton, B.C. – Aviation
Nathan Stratte, Spokane, WA – Music Education
Braden Anderson, Grass Valley, CA – Civil Engineering
Elliott Berger, Eugene, OR – Biology
Michael Bradley-Robbins, Lincoln, CA – Music
Randall Folkenberg, Spokane, WA – Theology/Music
Brandon Forry, Spokane, WA – Math/Music
Noah Kim, San Diego, CA – Bio-Chemistry/Pre-Medicine
Schuler Luce, Bothell, WA – Biology/Pre-Medicine
Daniel Lupo, Ventura, CA – Biology
Alexander Scott, College Place, WA – History
Aric Vyhmeister, Apopka, FL – Mechanical Engineering/Physics/Music
I Cantori of Walla Walla University
The university’s select choir, an auditioned group chosen from the 1,900-member student body, enjoys a history of touring that began in 1929. Renamed I Cantori (Italian: “the singers”) in 1979, the ensemble has traveled extensively in the Pacific Northwest and western United States and appeared also in Canada, Russia, and Romania. Since 2011 they have performed at Oakland’s magnificent new architectural wonder the Cathedral of Christ the Light, at St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle), St. James Cathedral (Seattle), Christ Church Episcopal (Tacoma), the Co-Cathedral of Saint Theresa (Honolulu), the historic Kawaiaho’o Church (Honolulu) and, in southern California, at St. Cyril of Jerusalem Church, Loma Linda University church, and the Vallejo Drive Seventh-day Adventist Church. Their repertoire focuses on classical church music but includes a wide variety of styles. The choir regularly performs for the 2,000-member Walla Walla University Church of Seventh-day Adventists and offers a major concert each quarter on campus. Tours are funded by the University and generous donations from interested supporters.
A native of British Columbia, Kraig Scott has served on the faculty of Walla Walla University since 1986 and as Minister of Music at the Walla Walla University Church since 1989. His responsibilities include teaching organ and harpsichord, serving as church organist, overseeing all music at the University Church and, since 2009, conducting the University choirs.
As an organist and harpsichordist Scott has made recital appearances in eleven states and ten countries in venues such as Dunblane Cathedral (Scotland), the Sejong Cultural Center (South Korea), Kirkpatrick Chapel (Rutgers University), the University of Alberta (Edmonton), the University of Calgary, the University of Oregon, the University of Washington, Pacific Lutheran University, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral (Seattle), and Trinity Episcopal Cathedral (Portland). He has presented master classes at many institutions including the Eastman School, Rutgers University, the University of Alberta, Westminster Choir College, and for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists. Having conducted church choirs for most of his adult life, including eighteen years at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, he now focuses his energy on I Cantori and the 100-voice University Singers.
While still in high school Scott completed the Associate of the Royal Conservatory of Toronto and then majored in music at Walla Walla University. His advanced degrees include a MMus from the University of Oregon, an MA in musicology and DMA in organ performance from the Eastman School of Music where he also received the coveted Performer’s Certificate. He also completed post graduate choral conducting study with David Rayl and Jonathan Reed at Michigan State University.
Last update on December 16, 2013