On May 6, the Delphian Varsity Choir participated in the Oregon State Choir Championships at George Fox University. The choir performed a varied program, opening with L’eccho (Echo Song), a renaissance piece for double choir by Orlando di Lasso that featured a group of 8 singers out in the auditorium echoing what the main choir was singing on stage. This was followed by Famine Song, by Matthew Culloden. The song, written to communicate the distress of the Sudanese during a drought and famine during the 1980’s, featured a beautiful lament sung by altos Savana St. Aubin and Elizabeth Strickland. The choir followed this with Sanctus, a short joyous piece by Mozart from one of his masses. Other pieces included Dirait-on (So They Say), a gorgeous French contemporary piece by Morten Lauridsen and the spiritual, Wade in the Water, arranged by Moses Hogan and featuring Choir President, Melissa Agrillo as soloist.
After the sight reading portion of the competition, the students got to see the performances of several of the other outstanding choirs that were participating at the state level. After a tense wait for the scores to be tabulated, the awards were announced and the choir was awarded the 4th Place trophy!