CarolFest

  • Winter berries

This popular annual program by the Chamber Singers, University Chorale, University Singers, Treble Choir, Gospel Choir, and UW Glee Club features seven conductors, six choral ensembles, five hundred singers, four graduate conductors, three choral faculty, two hours of great music, and one impressive grand finale.

Masks are required in all indoor spaces on the UW campus, and patrons must show proof of vaccination or recent (within 72 hours of the performance) negative COVID-19 test for entry to live events at Meany Hall. Enhanced sanitation measures and touchless ticketing are among other safety measures in effect for 2021-22. Details of these policies and procedures are at: https://artsevents.washington.edu/covid-protocols 


Order of Program

GOSPEL CHOIR
(It Will Get) Better by Hezekiah Walker (b. 1962)
Total Praise by Richard Smallwood (b. 1948)

UNIVERSITY SINGERS
Fix You by Chris Martin, Will Champion, Guy Berryman, and Jonny Buckland
Anyone by Justin Bieber (b. 1994) arr. Marshell Lombard

CHORAL COHORT ENSEMBLE
Only In Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) 

COLLEGIATE TREBLE CHOIR
Vidi Aquam by Kevin T. Padworski (b. 1987)
Sure on This Shining Night by Samuel Barber (1910–1981) arr. Jacob Naverud

GLEE CLUB
And So It Goes by Billy Joel (b. 1949) arr. Kirby Shaw
The Wellerman by New Zealand Traditional, arr. Roger Emerson

CHAMBER SINGERS
Noche de Paz by Franz Grüber (1787–1863), arr. César Alejandro Carrillo
Lao Rahal Soti  by Samih Choukeir (b. 1957); arr. Shireen Abu Khader
Cells Planets by Erika Lloyd, arr. Vince Peterson

UNIVERSITY CHORALE
If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau (b. 1953)
Sing my Child by Sarah Quartel (b. 1982)

COMBINED CHOIRS FINALE
I Love You/What A Wonderful World arr. Craig Hella Johnson


Program Details

GOSPEL CHOIR
Phyllis Byrdwell, conductor

(It Will Get) Better by Hezekiah Walker (b. 1962)
Total Praise by Richard Smallwood (b. 1948)

SOPRANO
Sunshine Zhao, Education, Communities & Organizations
Margaret Josephson, Pre-Sciences
Kyli Lora, Communications
Becca Vu, Pre-Health
Nicole Burnett, Communications

ALTO
Hayeun So, English
Cathy Zerg, Cinema & Media Studies
Amy Wang, Cinema & Media Studies
Nicole Wong, Business
Anna-Maria Peltomaeki, Finnish

TENOR
James Zheng Cao, Mathematics
Eric Gagliano, Civil Engineering
Zhudin Zheng, Economics
Jackson Brown, Information School
Jeter Arellano, Computer Science
Herojing “Jack” Zhang, ACMS
Should Hao Quek, Pre-Sciences
Boon Huish, Spanish

BASS
Abe Wu, Bioengineering
Yining Li, Economics
Adrian Dinh, Computer Science
Ethan Mah, Microbiology

MUSICIANS:
Phyllis M. Byrdwell, Director & Keyboard
Anthony Brown, Percussion
Tony Mobley, Bass Guitar
Ben Hagan, Keyboard


UNIVERSITY SINGERS

Fix You by Chris Martin, Will Champion, Guy Berryman, and Jonny Buckland,
as heard on the Coldplay album X&Y (2005), arr. George Chung
Tyler Todd Kimmel, conductor
Dominico Reyes, piano 
Marshell Lombard, cajón
Featuring UW a cappella ensemble Furmata

When you try your best, but you don't succeed
When you get what you want, but not what you need
When you feel so tired, but you can't sleep
Stuck in reverse
And the tears come streaming down your face
When you lose something you can't replace
When you love someone, but it goes to waste
Could it be worse?

Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

And high up above, or down below
When you're too in love to let it go
But if you never try, you'll never know
Just what you're worth

Tears stream down your face
When you lose something you cannot replace
Tears stream down your face, and I...
Tears stream down your face
I promise you I will learn from my mistakes
Tears stream down your face, and I...

 

Anyone by Justin Bieber (b. 1994) arr. Marshell Lombard
Marshell Lombard, conductor
Tyler Todd Kimmel, piano 
Chloe Chapman and Thomas Beale, soloists

Dance with me under the diamonds
See me like breath in the cold
Sleep with me here in the silence
Come kiss me, silver and gold
You say that I won't lose you, but you can't predict the future
So just hold on like you will never let go
Yeah, if you ever move on without me
I need to make sure you know that
You are the only one I'll ever love (I gotta tell ya, gotta tell ya)
Yeah, you, if it's not you, it's not anyone (I gotta tell ya, gotta tell ya)
Lookin' back on my life, you're the only good I've ever done (Ever done)
Yeah, you, if it's not you, it's not anyone (Anyone), not anyone
Forever's not enough time to (Oh)
Love you the way that I want (Love you the way that I want)
'Cause every mornin', I'll find you (Oh)
I fear the day that I don't
You say that I won't lose you, but you can't predict the future
'Cause certain things are out of our control
Yeah, if you ever move on without me
I need to make sure you know that
You are the only one I'll ever love (Only one, I gotta tell ya, gotta tell ya)
Yeah, you, if it's not you, it's not anyone (I gotta tell ya, gotta tell ya)
Lookin' back on my life, you're the only good I've ever done (I've ever done)
Yeah, you, if it's not you, it's not anyone (It's not anyone, not anyone)
Oh-oh-oh-oh
If it's not you, it's not anyone
Oh-oh-oh, yeah, woah 

SOPRANO
Margaret Caitlyn Ayers
Penny Baltimore
Chloe Eleanor Chapman
Zoë Gabriela Cooper
Geervani Daggupati
Yishu Fang
Christine Han
Cordelia Jiang
Jiayu Jin
Hailey Rae Kepple
Christina Lao
Anne Lin
Michelle Ly
Charlize Anne Manzano
Olive Merrie Parrish
Abigail Ermengar

TENOR
Zaref Jame Nawaz Anderson
Thomas Beale
Olivia Lucille Beringer
Ben Bunyatipanon 
Hannah Carpenter
Dominic Michael Levenseller-Watlandde Rogers
Cassie Smith

ALTO
Ash Larsan Baldino
Ekaterina Bogdanova
Kendell Braschler
Emily Chua
Abigail Louise Ipijan
Lexi Koperski
Heidi Louise Longwell
Anya Danae Malhotra 
Nichole Sams
Phyllician Tjandra 
Noelle Wenceslao 
Lauren Elizabeth Whitesides
Kathryn Helena Wynn
Janet Yale
Alice Yang
Sophia Yang
Amy Zhou 

BASS
Taylor James Buehler 
Adrian Wong Cascante 
Eric Huang
Kevin Jiarui Wang
Tianhao Yao


CHORAL COHORT ENSEMBLE

Only In Sleep by Ēriks Ešenvalds (b. 1977) 
Poetry by Sara Teasdale (1884–1933)
Timothy E. Little, conductor
Virginia Elizondo and Mallory McCollum, soloists

Only in sleep I see their faces
Children I played with when I was a child
Louise comes back with her brown hair braided
Annie with ringlets warm and wild

Only in sleep Time is forgotten—
What may have come to them, who can know?
Yet we played last night as long ago
And the doll-house stood at the turn of the stair

The years had not sharpened their smooth round faces
I met their eyes and found them mild—
Do they, too, dream of me, I wonder
And for them am I too a child?

 


COLLEGIATE TREBLE CHOIR

Vidi Aquam by Kevin T. Padworski (b. 1987)
Leah Wyman, conductor
Dominico Reyes, piano primo and Dhayoung Yoon, piano secondo

Vidi aquam 
Egredientem de templo,
A latere dextro, alleluia: 
Et omnes, ad quos pervenit aqua ista, 
Salvi facti sunt, 
Et dicent, 
Alleluia, alleluia. 

I saw water
Flowing from the right side
Of the temple, alleluia; 
And all they to whom that water came 
Were saved, 
And they shall say, 
Alleluia, alleluia.

Sure on This Shining Night by Samuel Barber (1910–1981) arr. Jacob Naverud
Anjali Chudasama, conductor
Dhayoung Yoon, piano

Sure on this shining night
Of starmade shadows round,
Kindness must watch for me
This side the ground.

The late year lies down the north.
All is healed, all is health.
High summer holds the earth.
Hearts all whole.

Sure on this shining night
I weep for wonder
Wandering far alone
Of shadows on the stars.

 

SOPRANO 1
Venus Feigelson
Ashna Hille
Irene Poon
Daisy Schreiber
Bifeng Xiao
Kelly Sweeney

SOPRANO 2
Reina Alaniz
Chloe Chapman
Maelynn Danke
Rosaline Dou
Jasmine Ershov
Rebecca Fairbanks
Sofia Grey
Lucia Olt 
Kelly Shi
Kaku Cosmos
Kelli Rockwell
Lixin Xu

ALTO 1
Rania Awad
Adrianna Ballard
Julianne Browning
June Fung
Mary Kennelly
Lea Li
Dorothy Lu
Cindy Mendoza
Esther Strathy
Linnet Toscano
Noelle Sirmon
Zichen Liu
Isamar Chavez
Quimeng Wang

ALTO 2
Avi Anderson
Allison Johnson
Brynn Miller


GLEE CLUB

And So It Goes by Billy Joel (b. 1949) arr. Kirby Shaw
Tyler Todd Kimmel, conductor

In every heart, there is a room
A sanctuary safe and strong.
To heal the wounds from lovers past,
Until a new one comes along.

I spoke to you in cautious tones,
You answered me with no pretense.
And still I feel, I said too much.
My silence is my self-defense.

And every time I’ve held a rose,
It seems I only felt the thorns.
And so it goes, and so it goes,
And so will you, soon, I suppose.

But if my silence made you leave,
Then that would be my worst mistake.
So I will share this room with you,
And you can have this heart to break.

And this is why my eyes are closed.
It’s just as well for all I’ve seen.
And so it goes, and so it goes,
And you’re the only one who knows.

So I would choose to be with you.
That’s if the choice were mine to make.
But you can make decisions too,
And you can have this heart to break.

And so it goes, and so it goes,
And you’re the only one who knows.

The Wellerman by New Zealand Traditional, arr. Roger Emerson
Justin Birchell, conductor

There once was a ship that put to sea.
The name of the ship was the Billy of Tea.
The winds blew up, her bow dipped down,
Oh, blow, my bully-boys, blow.

Soon may the wellerman come,
To bring us sugar and tea and rum.
One day when the tonguin’ is done,
We’ll take our leave and go

She had not been two weeks from shore,
When down on her a right-whale bore.
The captain called all hands, and swore
He’d take that whale in tow.

Before the boat had hit the water,
The whale’s tale came up and caught ‘er.
All hands to the side, harpooned, and fought her,
When she dived down below.

No line was cut, no whale was freed.
The captain’s mind was not on greed,
But he belonged to the whaleman’s creed,
She took that ship in tow.

For forty days or even more,
The line went slack then tight once more.
All boats were lost, there were only four,
But still that whale did go.

As far as I’ve heard, the fight’s still on,
The line’s not cut, and the whale’s not gone.
The wellerman makes his regular call,
To encourage the captain, crew and all.

TENOR
Guanyan Chen
Carson Kyle
Evan Ponyah
Jesse Reidy
Hao Shen
Bryn Zeman-Witzel

BASS
Zaref James Nawaz Anderson
Adrian Wong Cascante
Theo Lin
Ryan Mauery
Armand Mousavi
Tony Wang
Paul Yun
Xiangyu Kevin Zhou 

CHAMBER SINGERS

Noche de Paz by Franz Grüber (1787–1863), arr. César Alejandro Carrillo
“Silent Night” text by Joseph Mohr (1792–1848)
Tiffany Walker, conductor 

Noche de paz,
Noche de amor,
Todo duerme en derredor,
Entre los astros que esparcen su luz
Viene anunciando al Niño Jesús.
Brilla la estrella de paz,
Brilla la estrella de paz.
This peaceful night,
Lovely night,
When everything sleeps all around,
All the stars are spreading their light
To announce Child Jesus’ birth.
The star of peace is also shining,
The star of peace is also shining. 

Lao Rahal Soti 
Samih Choukeir (b. 1957)
arr. Shireen Abu Khader
Music and Text by Samih Choukeir, sung in Arabic
Tiffany Walker, soloist

If my voice departs, your throats (i.e. voices) will not
I look unto tomorrow and my heart is with you
If the singer goes (dies), the songs will remain
Bringing together the broken and suffering hearts

Cells Planets by Erika Lloyd, arr. Vince Peterson
Music and Text by Erika Lloyd (Little Grey Girlfriend)
Geoffrey Boers, conductor
Anjali Chudasama & Jessica Turner, soloists

So far away, far away,
When all will shine and all will play,
Hey.

The stars will open up and all will be 
Tiny pieces of galaxy
Reflected in you and me.

Cells, planets, same thing.

Bright electric lights on all the leaves
And everything growing from a tree;
(the) water’s blood, and roots are veins.

I don’t know you, but I like you.
I don’t know you, but I miss you.
I don’t know you, but I need you.

Smallest is the biggest thing, 
And in all the world, 
The love is the love from me to you

Cells, planets, same thing.

SOPRANO

Kaelyn Barnes, Everett, WA; Sophomore BA, Vocal Performance
Kate Connors, Kennewick, WA; Sophomore BA, Vocal Performance
Karen Dunstan, Ypsilanti, MI; 1st Year MM, Vocal Performance
Virginia Elizondo, Houston, TX; 2nd Year MM, Vocal Performance
Caitlin Hennessy, Chicago, IL; 1st Year MM, Vocal Performance
Mallory McCollum, Warminster, PA; 1st year MM, Vocal Performance
Shalini Pullarkat, La Cañada, CA; Junior BS, General Biology
Sarah Santos, Houston, TX; 2nd year MM, Vocal Performance
Jessica Turner, Tacoma, WA; Senior BM, Music Education-Choral Emphasis

ALTO
Cee Adamson, Washington, D.C.; 1st Year DMA, Vocal Performance
Sydney Belden, San Clemente, CA; Sophomore BM/BS, Music-Voice/Environmental Studies
Lily Campbell, Olympia, WA; Sophomore BA, Public Health-Global Health
Anjali Chudasama, Upland, CA; 1st Year MM, Choral Conducting
Heather Halverson, Woodinville, WA; Sophomore BM/BA,Vocal Performance/Communications
Anna Messenger, Olympia, WA; Junior BM, Music Education
Grace Selmann, Moses Lake; Sophomore BA, Comparative History of Ideas
Emily Vaughan, Mukilteo, WA; Senior BA/BA, Music-Voice/Cinema & Media Studies
Tiffany Walker, Chino Hills, CA; 4th year DMA, Choral Conducting
Leah Wyman, Greenville, SC; 2nd year MM, Choral Conducting

TENOR
Oliver Callahan, Anaheim, CA; 1st Year BM, Music Education-Choral Emphasis
Tyler Todd Kimmel, Seattle, WA; 2nd Year DMA, Choral Conducting
Timothy Little, Pineville, LA; 3rd year DMA, Choral Conducting
Marshell Lombard, Johannesburg, South Africa; 2nd year DMA, Choral Conducting
Alexander Nguyen, Tacoma, WA; Senior BM, Music Education-Choral Emphasis
Tri Nguyen, Everett, WA; Sophomore BS, Mechanical Engineering
John O'Kane, Seattle, WA; Senior BS, Industrial & Systems Engineering
Zach Rude, Brainerd, MN; 1st Year MM, Vocal Performance
Isaac Tian, San Diego, CA; 7th Year PhD, Computer Science & Engineering

BASS
Justin Birchell, Anchorage, AK; 1st Year DMA, Choral Conducting
Frank Goess, Albany, CA; 5th year BS, Aerospace Engineering
Mikey Prince, Kirkland; Senior BM/BA, Music Education/Gender Women & Sexuality Studies
Jonathan Rizzardi, Reading, PA; 4th year PhD, Theatre History & Theory
Dario Rojas, Seattle, WA; Sophomore BA, Environmental Science & Resource Management
Zack Shafer, Camas, WA; Junior BS, Computer Science
Alec Walter, Spokane, WA; Senior BS, Electrical Engineering
Daren Weissfisch, Ridgewood, NJ; 1st Year DMA, Orchestral Conducting
Trey Wheeler, Vancouver, WA; Sophomore BM, Music Education


UNIVERSITY CHORALE
Giselle Wyers, conductor
Serena Chin, piano
Marshell Lombard & Leah Wyman, assistant conductors

If Music Be the Food of Love by David Dickau (b. 1953)

If music be the food of love,
Sing on till I am fill'd with joy
For then my list'ning soul you move
To pleasures that can never cloy.
Your eyes, your mien, your tongue declare
That you are music ev'ry where.
Pleasures invade both eye and ear,
So fierce the transports are, they wound,
And all my senses feasted are,
Tho' yet the treat is only sound,
Sure I must perish by your charms,
Unless you save me in your arms.

Sing my Child by Sarah Quartel (b. 1982)
Adrian Nguyen and Naomi-Hal Hoffman, soloists

Sing for the promise in each new morning.
Sing for the hope in a new day dawning.
All around is beauty bright!
Wake in the morning and sing my child.

Dance in the joy of the day unfolding.
Dance as you work and dance as you’re learning.
All around is beauty bright!
Take in the day and dance my child. 

But when troubles come,
And worry is all that can be found,
Gather your strength and hear your voice.
Sing my child.

Laugh in the cool and the fresh of the evening.
Laugh in your triumph, laugh in succeeding.
All around is beauty bright!
Rest in the evening and laugh my child.
Peace. 

But when troubles come,
And worry is all that can be found,
Gather your strength and hear your voice.

Sing my child.
Dance my child.
Laugh my child.
Peace my child.

SOPRANO
Fern Bettinger, Renton, WA
Emily Cameron, Snohomish, WA
Mavis Chan, Bellevue, WA
Sarah Clark, Mercer Island WA
Lauren Fox, Buchanan, VA
Mandy Hansen
Meagan Hodgins, Seattle, WA
Naomi-Hal Hoffman, Bellevue, WA
Whi Jung, Seoul, Korea
Claire Killian, Evergreen, CO
Emma Koslosky, Castro Valley, CA
Anna Kucinski, Redmond, WA
Meena Kuduva, Kirkland, WA
Ellen Kwon, Federal Way, WA
Joely Loucks, Friday Harbor, WA
Anna Messenger, Olympia, WA
Chloe O'Keefe, San Francisco, CA
Sophia Parker, Bothell, WA
Clara Propst, Seattle, WA
Caitlin Sarwono, Redmond, WA
Jessica Turner, Tacoma, WA
Felicia Tzeng, San Jose, CA
Natalia Valvano, Seattle, WA
Ruby Whelan, Melbourne, VIC

TENOR
Eyad Alsilimy, Mount Vernon, WA
Scott Fisher Jr., Renton, WA
Carson Kyle, Huntingtown, MD
Karsten Lomax, Edmonds, WA
Adrian Nguyen, Olympia, WA
Alex Nguyen, Tacoma, WA
Alejandro Hernandez, Rio Rancho, NM
Will Schlott, Pullman, WA
Zach Shafer, Camas, WA
Ryan Singh, Redmond, WA
Ethan Walker

ALTO
Meher Chand, Portland, OR
Anmol Kaur, Duvall, WA
Ella L'Heureux, Leavenworth, KS
Hannah Limb, Mountlake Terrace, WA
Sophie Ma, Tokyo, Japan
Cindy Mendoza 
Lexie Moss, Melbourne, VIC
Julia Park, Cambridge, MA
Sophie Root, Kirkland, WA
Jaminfaye Reduque, DuPont, WA
Silvana Segura, Redmond, WA
Maya Shah, Portland, OR
Nelly Sunstrum, Redmond, WA
Emily Vaughan, Mukilteo, WA
Aliyah Wachob, Belmont, CA
Akhila Narayanan, Redmond, WA

BASS
Lewis Back, Issaquah, WA
Jason Barringer, Hood River, OR
Elisha Bourassa, Sumas, WA
Matthew Chao, West Linn, OR
Charlie Dawson, Austin, TX
Matt Hansen, Camas, WA
Andrew Hoch, Burr Ridge, IL
Mitch Kluesner, St. Paul, Minnesota
Jonah Ladish-Orlich, Renton, WA|
Ethan Nowack, Shoreline, WA
Christian Rolfson, Mount Vernon, WA
Cian Scheer, Vashon, WA
Alec Walter, Spokane, WA
Trey Wheeler, Vancouver, WA


COMBINED CHOIRS FINALE
Geoffrey Boers & Giselle Wyers, conductor
Serena Chin, piano

I Love You/What A Wonderful World arr. Craig Hella Johnson
“I Love You” words and music by Larry Norman (1947–2008) and Randy Stonehill (b. 1952)
“What a Wonderful World” by Bob Thiele (1922–1996)  and George David Weiss (1921–2010)

We can be together now and forever; I love you, I love you.
And when I’m prayin’, I hear him sayin’ “I love you, I love you.”
People all over the world, they’re opening up, they’re comin’ around
And they’re sayin’ I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.
I see skies of blue and clouds of white,
Bright, blessed day and dark, sacred night;
And I think to myself, “What a wonderful world.”
The colors of the rainbow, so pretty in the sky,
Are also on the faces of the people going by.
I see friends shaking hands, saying “How do you do?”
They’re really saying, “I love you.”
People all over the world, they’re openin’ up, they’re comin’ around
And they’re sayin’ I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you, I love you.
We can be together now and forever; I love you, I love you.
I hear babies cry, I watch them grow; 
They’ll learn much more than I’ll ever know,
And I think to myself, “What a wonderful world.”

Director Bios

Geoffrey Boers

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.

Giselle Wyers (she/her/hers) is the Donald E. Petersen Endowed Professor of Choral Music at the University of Washington, where she conducts the award-winning University Chorale and teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in choral conducting and music education. She serves as the newly appointed School of Music's designated Diversity Liaison. University Chorale’s latest CD, Resonant Streams (on the MSR Music Recordings label) was featured in a 2018 Gramophone magazine article. Wyers is the newly appointed director of Concord Chamber Choir, an adult community chorus within the Columbia Choirs community. Her professional project choir Solaris Vocal Ensemble, specializes in the performance of contemporary American choral literature. Their premiere album Floodsongs, on the Albany Music label, won the American Prize Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for the Performance of American Music in 2017-18.

As a guest conductor, Wyers has led high school honor choirs and all-state choruses in New York (Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center), Kansas, Wisconsin, Georgia, Missouri, Louisiana, Connecticut, Nebraska, Texas, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, and Vancouver, Canada. She has conducted semi-professional ensembles across the United States and in Germany, the Netherlands, Estonia, and Sweden. Wyers was in demand for Zoom lectures during the pandemic with Res Diversa Chamber Choir (Chile), Western Washington University (a three-week group composition project), University of Iowa, Northern Illinois University, Montana State University, and with the Mastersingers of Milwaukee (Wisconsin), as well as conducting Nevada All-State online. 

Wyers is a leading national figure in the application of Laban movement theory for conductors. She has served as guest lecturer in conducting at Sweden’s Örebro Universitet, European Festival of Church Music (Germany), Latvian Academy of Music, Eastman School of Music, Ithaca College, Westminster Choir College, University of Iowa, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and Portland State University.

Wyers’ choral works are published by Santa Barbara Music Publishing Company as part of the "Giselle Wyers Choral Series," and have been performed across the United States, South America, Canada, Australia, Cuba, and numerous European cities. She will conduct her 30-minute choral cycle entitled And All Shall Be Well, in Carnegie Hall May of 2022 with a consortium of NW-based choruses. In 2021-22, she will serve as composer-in-residence for the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium's annual festivities celebrating the return of in-person singing (her appearance is sponsored by Consortio). Wyers is also committed to mentoring scholar-writers in the field, and serves on the editorial board of ACDA’s Choral Journal.

Phyllis Byrdwell

Phyllis Byrdwell, director of the UW Gospel Choir, is Minister of Music at Mount Zion Baptist Church of Seattle and also a music educator for Lakeside School. She has conducted several seminar workshops on Gospel music throughout Washington state and nationally, and served as a songleader for the Baptist World Alliance conference in Birmingham, England in 2005.

Byrdwell was inducted into the Washington Music Educators Association's Hall of Fame in 2002 and serves on the Seattle Symphony Board of Directors.

A School of Music alumna, she holds a bachelor's degree in music and bachelor's and master's degrees in music education.