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ICantori of Walla Walla University

ICantori is Walla Walla University's select choir, an auditioned group chosen from the 1,500-member student body, enjoys a history of touring that began in 1929. Renamed ICantori (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. We invite you to support our touring by sending a check marked "ICantori Tour Fund" to the WWU Department of Music, 204 S. College Avenue, College Place, WA 99324.

Read about ICantori's 2022 DC and New York Tour here!

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 ICantori and the 100-voice University Singers.


Recent Repertoire

Psalm 122 - Alice Parker 
Think of How God Loves You - James MacMillan 
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee - Paul Halley
O Radiant Dawn - James MacMillan 
Magnificat - Ēriks Ešenvalds 
Alleluia - Jake Runestad 
Alleluia - Ralph Manuel 
Alélouya (Haitian Easter) - Emile Desamours 
My Soul’s Been Anchored - Moses Hogan  
I Will Sing Praises - Richard Smallwood 
Anthem of Praise - Richard Smallwood  
I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes - David Briggs 
Messe Pour Notre Dame - David Briggs

Psalm 122 - Alice Parker 
Think of how God Loves You - James MacMillan 
Abide in Him - Shirley Porter 
How Can I Keep from Singing? - Gwyneth Walker 
The Greatest Good - Jocelyn Hagen 
How Can I Keep from Singing? - Alice Parker 
The Day of Resurrection - Melissa Dunphy  
It Is Well/Stronger - P Bliss, Mandisa, arr. Kraig Scott 
The New Moon - Ēriks Ešenvalds 
My Song in the Night - Paul Christiansen 
A Little Song of Life - Reginald Unterseher 

Amahl and the Night Visitors (complete opera) - Gian Carlo Menotti  
Psalm 122 - Alice Parker 
Psalm 139 (Psalm tone) - T. Tertius Noble 
Psalm 46 (Psalm tone) - T. Tertius Noble 
Think of How God Loves You - James MacMillan 
Sweet Rivers - Reginald Unterseher  
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis - Eriks Esenvalds 
Preces and Responses - Jake Richard Hodkinson 
Hallelujah Chorus - George Frideric Handel 
So I’ll Sing with My Voice - Dominick Argento 
Ubi caritas et amor - David Briggs 
When Mary Through the Garden Went - C V Stanford 
Jesu, the Very Thought of Thee - Paul Halley 

Remember O Thou Man - John Ravenscroft
Remember O Thou Man - Bob Chilcott
Brightest and Best - Shawn Kirchner
Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring - J. S. Bach
God Is With Us - John Tavener 
Exsultate Deo - Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina
Psalm 23 - Bobby McFerrin 
Precious Lord, Take My Hand - Roy Ringwald
Passion and Resurrection - Ēriks Ešenvalds
Amazing Grace - Eriks Esenvalds
Hands - Jocelyn Hagen 
It Is Well/Stronger - arr. Kraig Scott 
Who Can Sail Without the Wind? - Eriks Esenvalds

Soprano
Alexandra Bazan
Ally Benado
Madelyn Carlton
Alyssa Carinan
Martessa Davis
Hannah Gordon
Sarah Kimitsuka
Heidi Kissinger
Emma Little

Alto
Brooklyn Gerber
Sophia Hilliard
Rachel Johnston
Emmalyn Logan
Melody Murillo
Renae Reinke
Maddie Stone

Tenor
Kole GreyEyes
Ben Griffin
Christopher Kime
Jacob Mayes
Josh Price
Eli Stanciu Jr.
Chase Wiedemann

Bass
Elijah Chung
Joosung Kim
Matthew Orvek
Jamie Palmer
Simon Sheperd
Egan Schmidt-Weiss
Samuel Schafer
Ben Solari
Chandler Welty
 


ICantori albums

A Colony of Heaven in a Country of Death (2017)

Eternity Alone (2013)