ICantori 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 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.
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.
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.
Devon Tyler Border-Freymuller