FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Renowned St. Olaf College Choral Master Guest Conducts
Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus Concerts
Portland, Ore. - World-renowned choral conductor Dr. Anton Armstrong,
of St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., will guest conduct the Oregon
Adventist Men's Chorus (OAMC) in their annual festival concerts on Saturday,
May 6, at 3:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church,
10501 SE Market St., Portland.
The two concerts are free, however organizers recommend that tickets
be reserved in advance by calling (503) 841-8492 or by visiting the OAMC
web site at www.oamc.org. A freewill offering will be collected during each
concert to offset concert expenses.
Earlier this year, Armstrong was awarded the Robert Foster Cherry Award
for Great Teaching, the single largest award given to an individual for
great teaching, by Baylor University.
A 1978 alumnus, Armstrong has been the Harry R. and Thora H. Tosdal Professor
of Music at St. Olaf since 1990. He is known for his work with youth and
children's choruses. He began his tenure as conductor of the Oregon Bach
Festival Youth Choral Academy in 1998.
Dr. Armstrong describes the OAMC program, called "Come Into My Heart,
Lord Jesus," more of a worship service than a concert. The program
is comprised of hymns, spirituals, folks songs and classical pieces, including
a cappella pieces.
Unlike most of the OAMC's annual festival concerts, the accompanying
instrumentation is fairly simple yet effective and appropriate. Most accompaniment
will be on piano by Kraig Scott, DMA, professor of organ, harpsichord, and
music history, from Walla Walla College, in College Place, Wash. Instrumentation
for other pieces include a solo clarinet, a flute duo, tambourine and congas.
Dr. Scott will also play the pipe organ for the congregational hymn singing.
Two pieces specially commissioned for this program will have their world
premier. The hymn "Into My Heart" and "O Come to My Heart,
Lord Jesus," were arranged by Robert Scholz, DMA, professor emeritus
of music at St. Olaf College.
Dr. Armstrong holds a master of music degree from the University of Illinois
and a doctor of musical arts degree from Michigan State University. He holds
membership in the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America
and the International Federation for Choral Music, among other professional
The St. Olaf Choir, which Dr. Armstrong conducts, is renowned as the
pioneer a cappella choir and for setting the standard for excellence in
the choral art for some 75 years.
Armstrong has taken the St. Olaf Choir on tour throughout the United
States and the world. He and St. Olaf choir have appeared on radio programs
and recorded 11 CDs.
Armstrong has guest conducted such noted ensembles as the Utah Symphony
and Symphony Chorus, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir and the St. Paul Chamber
Orchestra. He has collaborated in concert with Bobby McFerrin and Garrison
Keillor, of NPR's A Prairie Home Companion.
He is much in demand as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the
world. Formed in 1994, the Oregon Adventist Men's Chorus, under the direction
of Lou Wildman, performs anthems, spirituals, selections from the master
composers and traditional hymns.
For more information about the concerts of the Oregon Adventist Men's
Chorus, call (503) 841-8492 or visit www.oamc.org.
Sam Vigil Jr.
503.251.6266 x7101 (Day)
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