The Umpqua Singers return to Spain to perform in Aranda de Duero.
The Umpqua Singers performed a program that featured vocal arrangements by Jason Heald, including several new arrangements of Spanish and Latin American jazz standards. The Spanish audiences were enthusiastic in their response, prompting several encores. The tour schedule also included a performance in Reykjavik, Iceland, where the Umpqua Singers' music was also met with a very warm reception.
Triptych for Guitar and Viola, is featured at the Corvallis Guitar Society and Jefferson Classical Guitar Society.
A new three movement suite for guitar and viola, Triptych, was performed by guitarist James Bishop-Edwards and violist Kimberly Fitch at two recent concerts. The duo performed at the Corvallis Guitar Society on March 5, 2018, and the following night at the Jefferson Classical Guitar Society at the Pachal Winery in Talent, Oregon.
See TRIPTYCH video!
Nancy Rumbel performs two new works by Jason Heald on her recent tour.
Grammy award-winning multi-instrumentalist Nancy Rumbel premiered two new compositions on her February, 2018 performances in southern Oregon. The new works included "Meditation", a piece or oboe and string orchestra, and "Tropical Sunrise", a lively composition for ocarina and choir.
Violinist Alex DePue will perform with the Umpqua Chamber Orchestra and Umpqua Singers on November 14, 2017 at the First Presbyterian Church of Roseburg. The program will include a wide mix of musical styles, ranging from Bach's A Minor Violin Concerto to a Michael Jackson/Yes Medley. The performance will also include the premiere performance of Jason Heald's "Entr'acte" for solo violin and chamber orchestra.
Contralto Samantha Stiner features "Lighting the Blue Lantern" on concert series, Hot Off the Press.
Samantha Stiner premiered Jason Heald's "Lighting the Blue Lantern", a setting of a poem by Ho Nansorhon, at University of Wyoming in September, 2016, and included the song in a recent performance at Immaculata University in Pennsylvania on September 9, 2017. Stiner's program, "Hot Off the Press" featured new works from prominent international composers.
James Bishop-Edwards premieres Four Pieces for Guitar on recent tour.
The Umpqua Singers perform at the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival!
The Roseburg Concert Chorale performs Three Settings by Robert Louis Stevenson on their 2017 Scotland Tour.
The Delgani String Quartet, featuring James Bishop-Edwards, perform Five Brief Conversations in Roseburg.
The Tesla Quartet performs String Quartet 5 on recent Northwest TourThe Tesla Quartet performed "Moll Roone" for String Quartet #5 as its encore selection on its tour in March 2017. The Tesla Quartet is Quartet-in-Residence at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick as well as Artists-in-Residence in Hickory, North Carolina.
Soprano Laura Wayte performs Passwords for Songs at Tsunami!Eugene soprano Laura Wayte, accompanied by pianist Nathalie Fortin, performed Passwords, three settings by William Stafford, for a packed house at the opening night of the performance series, Songs at Tsunami, on October 22, 2016. The Stafford selections were part of a diverse and emotionally charged program that displayed Ms. Wayte's amazing technical and interpretive skills.
The new musical, Constance, premiered at the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival!Constance Lloyd and Oscar Wilde, scandalous celebrities of the Victorian Era, are the personalities, both real and imagined at the center of the original musical production in Center Stage during the Oregon Musical Theatre Festival’s 2013 summer production. This original musical, brought to life by the book of Troy Pennington, and the music and lyrics of Jason Heald is an absurdist depiction of this heartbreaking, tough and yet vibrant couple. An explosion of imagination and relentless churn of intellect and wit!
The Umpqua Singers perform in Rio de Janeiro!
The Umpqua Singers, the vocal jazz ensemble from Umpqua Communtiy College, received a warm Brazilian welcome during their recent tour which included performances in Rio de Janeiro. Their repertoire included Brazilian favorites by Dorival Caymii and Antonio Carlos Jobim arranged by Jason Heald, and several new a cappella arrangements.
Daughter of Erin is performed on the Emerald Isle
The Roseburg Concert Chorale featured Daughter of Erin, a new cantata by Jason Heald, on its tour of Ireland in March 2013. The cantata tells the story of Maud Gonne, the fiery Irish revolutionary, through original lyrics and settings of poems by William Butler Yeats. Mezzo-soprano Donna Spicer was featured as the voice of Maud Gonne. The Roseburg Concert Chorale tour included performances in Dublin, Kilkenny, and Cork.
Choir Girls, a new comic musical, is featured at the 2012 Oregon Musical Theatre Festival
The 2012 Oregon Musical Theatre Festival presented eight performances af Jason Heald's new music, Choir Girls. Choir Girls is a sneak peek into a rehearsal of a women’s quartet, the Sabbath Serenaders, from the Church of Saint Paul in the Mall. We follow the four women and their male accompanist through a rollicking Thursday night rehearsal where more time is spent discussing their personal lives then actually rehearsing the Sunday anthem.
Vocal Jazz selections featured
on 2012 Umpqua Singers Tour to Ukraine:
Державний Гімн України
( Ukrainian National Anthem) ........................................... PDF
Chervona Ruta (Червона рута in Ukrainian) is a popular Ukrainian song written
by Volodymyr Ivasyuk in 1968 and performed by many singers. The song was
never copyrighted and therefore is considered the Ukrainian folk song.