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I Cantori of Walla Walla University

What Is I Cantori?

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), as well as 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 Note on the Program

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 Kawaiahao 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.

A Note on the University 

Founded in 1892, Walla Walla University proudly upholds the fine tradition of Seventh-day Adventist Christian education. Central to its mission, the University seeks to cultivate excellence in thought, generosity in service, beauty in expression, and faith in God. Through creative arts such as music, both faculty and students seek to honor God, the ultimate creator and designer. 

Whether majoring in music or another discipline, every student has opportunities to take music lessons and join one of the choirs, a chamber music ensemble, the symphony orchestra, the wind symphony, the big band, or the steel band. The dedicated music faculty seeks to inspire each student to enrich the lives of all sharing knowledge, expertise, and sensitivity gained from studying music at Walla Walla University.

2017-18 Team

Brianna Bryan, Bremerton, WAIndustrial Design

Johanna Chevrier, Loma Linda, CA—Psychology

Laura Egolf, Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada—Biology

Kristina Kozakova, Moscow, Russia—International Communications

Sofia Ladopoulos, Westchester, NY—Nursing

Rachelle Lebold, Pasco, WA—Psychology, Speech Pathology

Gina Lincoln, College Place, WA—Mechanical Engineering, Music

Amelia Pekar, Brunswick, ME—English, Sociology

Sophia Rich, Walla Walla, WA—English

Lindsay Armstrong, Coeur d’Alene, ID—Voice Performance

Jenny Bovey, Sandpoint, ID—Nursing

Jocelyn Griffin, Bend, OR—English, Pre-Medicine

Nicole Leach, Coon Rapids, MN—Music

Anna Ngo, Gresham, OR—Music

Kimberly Owen, Chester, VA—Mechanical Engineering

Tori Redic, Lancaster, CA—Elementary Education

Adeline Tomarere, Omak, WA—Art, Music

AnneMarie Vixie, Grass Valley, CA­—Business Administration

Abigail Wissink, Olivehurst, CA—Humanities

Ethan Edwards, Clackamas, OR—Physics

Michael Flores, Los Angeles, CA—Film & Television

Daniel Hincapie, Redlands, CA—Social Work

Lucas Marcondes, Burbank, CA—Computer Engineering

Brandan Patchett, Auburn, CA—Business-Accounting & Marketing

Brett Rowe, Sedro Woolley, WA—English

Isaac Arakaki, Marysville, WA—Health Science, Music

Nick Ault, Redlands, CA—Psychology

Alex Bauer, Eugene, OR—Communications

Nate Cheney, Bend, OR—Biology

Andre Gonzalez, Fillmore, CA—Mechanical Engineering

Blake Sawyer, Twin Falls, ID—Computer Engineering

Braden Stanyer, Spokane, WA—Bioengineering

Peter Thomsen, Lebanon, OH—Mechanical Engineering

Austin-Neil Thomson, Redlands, CA—Nursing

Bryce Weber, Hilo, HI—Music

Siena Mirasol, Portland, OR—Health Science, Pre-Medicine

Last update on November 27, 2017