Whittier College News Release

For Immediate Release - March 19, 1999
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The 52-member Whittier College Choir will tour the northwest during spring break next week.

Directed by Stephen Gothold, professor of music, and accompanied by Christine Nelson, director of alumni relations, the choir will present concerts in Tacoma, Oak Harbor and Olympia, Wash., and Astoria, Salem and Portland, Ore.

The repertoire includes sacred music, folks songs and spirituals. The Women's Chorale, Barbershop Quartet and Varsity Handbell Choir will all be featured in the program as well.

Following is the complete concert schedule:

7:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 24, Mason United Methodist Church, 2710 N. Madison, Tacoma, Wash;
7:30 p.m., Thursday, March 25, Oak Harbor United Methodist Church, 1050 SE Ireland St., Oak Harbor, Wash.;
7:30 p.m., Friday, March 26, First United Methodist Church, 1224 Legion Way, Olympia, Wash.;
7:30 p.m., Saturday, March 27, Astoria Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand Ave., Astoria, Ore.;
10 a.m., Sunday, March 28, morning worship service, Astoria Presbyterian Church, 1103 Grand Ave., Astoria, Ore.;
7:30 p.m., Sunday, March 28, First Christian Church, 685 Marion St. NE, Salem, Ore.;
7:30 p.m., Monday, March 29, First Unitarian Church, 1034 13th St. SW, Portland. Ore.

The College Choir draws its membership from all classes and majors. Freshmen and graduate students, music majors and physics majors, all share a love of choral music that is voiced in the choir. In its 70-year history, members of the College Choir have served as ambassadors for Whittier, representing the college╣s academic programs, cultural diversity, Quaker heritage and liberal arts ideals.

The choir has a rich tradition of performance tours, including two previous trips to the Pacific Northwest in 1987 and 1992. They have toured throughout the United States, and abroad to Mexico and Europe. The choir has also sung for three United States presidents.

Director Stephen Gothold holds a B.A. from Whittier, an M.A. from Occidental College and a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California. Long prominent in Southern California choral circles, Gothold has been a member of the Whittier College faculty since 1977 and has conducted church choirs for more than 30 years.

Located 18 miles east of Los Angeles, Whittier College is an independent, four-year college offering traditional liberal arts majors and strong pre-professional programs taught in the context of the liberal arts. Whittier Law School, which is accredited by the American Bar Association and the Association of American Law Schools, is located on a separate campus in Costa Mesa.

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