On October 10th, the Delphian Jazz Choir participated in the Koncert for Kids in nearby McMinnville. The concert was a fund raiser for the Snowman Foundation that provides music lessons for students in the area who otherwise couldn’t afford them. Beyond the Delphian Jazz Choir, the featured performance artists included Snowman Founder Michael Allen Harrison, jazz singer Julianne Johnson, and Delphian parent/composer/pianist Mike Strickland. Mike composed a song for the event for vocal soloists (including Delphian alumnus Jeremy Moll), piano, bass, drums, and choir. Our Jazz Choir was invited to participate with the McMinnville High School Symphonic Choir for this song that was to be a rousing finale to the concert. See the video.
Just prior to the finale, Harrison and Johnson performed a gospel version of Simon & Garfunkel’s Bridge Over Troubled Waters. Ms. Johnson invited the students to come up and join her on stage as a “gospel choir.” She taught them their parts on stage (in real time!), got them to sing it with soul, and off came the roof!
This was followed with the premier of Strickland’s song, Music in My Soul, which left everyone in attendance energized.
Delphian alumnus Jeremy Moll sings lead onMusic in My Soul, a song composed for this event by Delphian parent Mike Strickland, on piano. Jeremy and Mike are backed-up by the Delphian Jazz Choir (black) and the Mac High Symphonic Choir (red).
What began as the vision of Northwest composer and pianist Michael Allen Harrison has evolved into a community effort that shares the joy, the healing, the learning, and the life-changing gifts music has to offer. The Snowman Foundation was formed in September of 1999 to promote the musical arts in the Pacific Northwest.
Delphian School is a premiere, international, K-12 day and boarding school, celebrating 36 years of its unique proficiency-based educational methodology, including college preparatory, English-as-a-Second-Language, and summer programs. Delphian School is an accredited member of the Pacific Northwest Association of Independent Schools and an active member of the Oregon Federation of Independent Schools; the school is licensed to use Applied Scholastics educational services. Delphian School is located southwest of Portland in the abundant Willamette Valley, heart of Oregon’s family-friendly wine country.
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