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Degree Recital: Scott Fikse, MM, Choral Conducting

Saturday, February 3, 2024 - 4:00pm
St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 4805 NE 45th St, Seattle, WA 98105 - Google Map
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A degree recital by Scott Fikse, MM Choral Conducting, "Begin Again," with the University of Washington Recital Choir; Graduate Cohort Ensemble; Distler 8 Octet; Dr. Stephen Price, organ; Jared Parson, harp; and members of the UW Baroque Ensemble. 

Program Note

Inspired by my experiences with mindfulness meditation and several years as a singer for the annual Shinnyo-En Buddhist lantern floating ceremony in Honolulu, Hawai‘i, I have shaped a program that explores one of the central precepts of meditation; to begin again. Mindfulness meditation teaches that we can begin again without judgment. When we forgive someone, we begin again. When we experience major life events or changes, we often need to begin again. If we fall short, we can choose to restart or pivot. There are also theological and spiritual new beginnings dealing with resurrection, enlightenment, and rebirth. This program explores many of these ideas, and is also a personal expression filled with symbolism and narrative. We invite you to silence your phones, take a deep breath, and enjoy the powerful music these ensembles have thoughtfully prepared.


Scott Fikse, choral conducting

Scott is a second-year MM in choral conducting student at the University of Washington, as well as a vocal coach, conductor, and choral scholar with various organizations in the greater Seattle area. Scott moved to Seattle from Honolulu in 2022, where he directed the music program at the Lutheran Church of Honolulu and created the church’s popular “First Mondays” and “Jazz Journey” concert series. Under his direction the LCH choirs prepared over 200 works each year, ranging from chant, Renaissance polyphony, and Baroque works to modern masters. He also served as director of the Honolulu Chorale and artistic director of Early Music Hawai’i. 

Scott has a degree in musical arts from Pacific Lutheran University, where he was a founding member of the university’s student-run ensemble PLUtonic. After his studies at PLU, Scott worked as a judge with Varsity Vocals and as a quartet vocalist and arranger with Celebrity Cruises. He still performs with his cruise ship quartet when the group’s schedule allows, recently celebrating their 11th anniversary this past summer. In his free time Scott enjoys travel, hiking, fishing, and practicing yoga and meditation.