(Post from story by KEZI-Eugene)
Bolstered by its growing reputation, the Oregon State University Chamber Choir will leave June 15 for a five-concert swing through the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Hungary.
Earlier this spring, the 41-member group was the only collegiate choir from outside the state of Utah selected to perform at the 60th Music Educators Conference in Salt Lake City. At the end of its 25-minute performance, the OSU choir received an instantaneous standing ovation that lasted a full five minutes â€“ from an audience not given to demonstrative appreciation.
The OSU choir will try to build on its reputation with its 15-day tour of central and eastern Europe. The musicians will open on June 18 at Hlahol Hall in Prague, where they will perform with the Charles University Choir of Prague. From there, it’s on to Hungary for a June 22 concert with the Budapest University Choir in Budapest, and a solo performance on June 26 in Varna, Bulgaria, at Bach Hall. Two additional concerts are scheduled, one in Bulgaria, and the other in Hungary.
“I honestly think that our OSU Chamber Choir sings as well as any undergraduate choir in the country,” he (Steven Zielke, director of choral studies at Oregon State and director of the OSU Chamber Choir) said. “The Utah experience really drove that home. We were invited to perform at the conference after the selection committee pored over literally hundreds of tapes. There are a lot of fine choirs in the country, and OSU has one of them.
“For us, that performance was a little like OSU’s baseball team reaching the College World Series last year,” Zielke pointed out. “And now our trip to Europe is a bit of icing on the cake.”