The University Singers, Treble Choir, and UW Glee Club present an eclectic program of music from around the world, folk tunes, and arrangements of popular music standards.
Steve Danielson, conductor
Elisabeth Cherland, conductor
Asante Sana Yesu (music by Evans Obanda Mbinji)
Lunar Lullaby (Jacob Narverud)
African Alleluia (Jay Althouse)
Alonso Brizuela, conductor The Longest Time (Billy Joel)
All of Me (John Stephens and Toby Gad)
Fey O (arr. Ethan Sperry & Sten Kallman)
O Sifuni Mungu (arr. David Maddux)
Steve Danielson was the director of choirs at Germantown High School from 2005-2016. He earned a BA in Music from Brigham Young University and an MM in Choral Conducting from the University of Memphis. He directed four choirs: GHS Chorus I, Women’s Chorus, Chorale, and Chamber Choir. In addition to the auditioned choruses, he also sponsored four clubs: Tri-M Music Honor Society; Tempo Club, a classical music exposure club; A Ca-Fellas, a male a cappella group; and A Ca-Bellas, a female a cappella group. He has been musical director for 15 shows at the Poplar Pike Playhouse as well as one at the Harrell Theater. He has been nominated 4 times for Outstanding Musical Direction from the Orpheum High School Musical Theater Awards, which he won in 2010 for his work on Parade. He also wrote, directed and starred in the original musical Here to Stay: the Joseph Stay Story.
For more information about his conducting pursuits as well as his compositions, visit his website at SDCompose.weebly.com. Many of his choral works are also available at CadenzaOne.com and SheetMusicPlus.com.
Steve and his wife, Angi, have seven children and live in Lacey.
Elisabeth Cherland is a conductor, singer, song leader, violinist, music educator, and Lutheran church musician originally from Saskatchewan, Canada. She comes to the UW Choral Conducting DMA program from Holden Village, a Lutheran retreat center near Chelan, WA where she was the Village Musician for two years. Prior to Holden, Elisabeth taught choir and band at the High School and Middle School level in Custer and Rapid City, South Dakota for 7 years, and was an Associate Director of the Rapid City Children’s Chorus. She received her MMEd from VanderCook College of Music in Chicago, and her BA in Music and English from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. She served as soprano section leader for both the Rockefeller Chapel Choir in Chicago under the direction of Randi Ellefson and James Kallembach, and the Concordia Choir where she studied with René Clausen. Elisabeth’s research interests include feminist scholarship, hymnody, song leading, and narrative inquiry. Elisabeth spends much of her time away from UW with her partner, Kent, and their two sons, Elijah and Leif. She loves to knit, run around Green Lake, and enjoy the sun when it’s available.
Alonso Brizuela is pursuing an Masters of Music in Choral Conducting at the University of Washington. Since his graduation from Pacific Lutheran University in 2014 (BME), Alonso taught choir and guitar for two years at Ridgeline Middle School in Yelm, WA, and is currently in his second year conducting the Men’s Choir with Tacoma Youth Chorus in Tacoma, WA.
Mr. Brizuela is an active member of the choral community in the Tacoma area singing in PLU’s Choral Union, and a member of local ACDA, WMEA, and NAfME chapters.
Geoffrey Boers is Director of Choral Activities at the University of Washington in Seattle, a program widely recognized as forward thinking, unique, and of great distinction. Under his direction, the graduate choral program has developed a singular mission: to nurture the whole student as conductor-teacher-servant-leader-scholar. This vision has led the program to become one of the most vibrant and innovative in the country, attracting students from around the world interested in exploring the future of our art. Through his teaching he is exploring the evolution of conducting gesture and rehearsal pedagogy and their connection with the emerging neuroscience of mirror neurons, empathy, perception, learning, and personal transformation. His exploration has led to new thoughts about conducting and teaching with regard to breath, movement, artistry, personal awareness, and cultural development. Recently, his work has led to the mentoring of local choral cohorts of teachers and conductors who are interested in building professional communities of ongoing mentorship and musical development. He has developed such mentorship programs across the United States and Canada. In addition to these thoughts about mentorship he is actively working with other leaders in ACDA and NAfME to develop a more unified and useful system for development of musicianship, assessment, adjudication, and repertoire grading.
Geoffrey maintains an active conducting, teaching, workshop and clinic schedule; his recent engagements have included conducting concerts in Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, Meyerson Concert Hall in Dallas, New York’s Alice Tully and Avery Fischer Hall at Lincoln Center, the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, and Benaroya Hall in Seattle. In addition he has served as artist-in-residence in Toronto, Ontario, Mainz, Germany, as well as Seoul, Korea with the world-renown choir the Incheon City Chorale.
In addition to his position at the UW, Boers sings professionally and is the conductor of the Tacoma Symphony Chorus where he conducts both the choir and symphony players in a four-concert season.
Since his tenure at the University of Washington, the choral program has become a leader in promoting the performance, study and exchange of Baltic music in the United States. The choir has toured to the Baltic countries in 2000, 2005, 2010, and 2013. Geoffrey Boers was awarded a prestigious Royalty Research Grant in 2004 to create a Baltic Choral Library in collaboration with the UW Library as well as State and academic libraries in the Baltic. This collection of scores, manuscripts, vocal music, and writings is the first of its kind in the United States. This collection has promoted yearly exchanges with choirs and conductors from the Baltic area who travel each year to Seattle. Further, it has led to numerous UW choral students winning awards and scholarships to travel, study, and work in the Baltic countries.