I Cantori of Walla Walla University

I Cantori is Walla Walla 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.

Listen to I Cantori’s premiere of “Abba Yitkadash Shemakh” by Paul Ayres 

Kraig Scott, director

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.

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 a post-graduate choral conducting study with David Rayl and Jonathan Reed at Michigan State University.

As an organist and harpsichordist, Scott has made recital appearances in 11 states and 10 countries in venues such as Dunblane Cathedral (Scotland) and the Sejong Cultural Center (South Korea), to name a few. He has presented master classes at many institutions, including the Eastman School, Westminster Choir College, and for several chapters of the American Guild of Organists. Having conducted church choirs for most of his adult life, including 18 years at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Walla Walla, he now focuses his energy on I Cantori and the 100-voice University Singers.

Beauty in expression

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.


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

Brianna Bryan
Bremerton, WA—Industrial Design

Johanna Chevrier
Loma Linda, CA—Psychology

Laura Egolf
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada—Biology

Kristina Kozakova
Moscow, Russia—International Communication

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—Communication

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

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