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Newsletter Highlights:

Winter 2004

South African Adventure

Winter 2002

Chorus on Pacific Northwest Tour 2002

Bess Spiva Timmons grant helps fund new Chorus van

Winter 2001

Chorus Partners: ContraVest Properties and the Donald Pitt Family Foundation

Summer 2000

60th anniversary alumni share their Chorus memories

Winter 2000

TABC alumnus Brent Davis grants $10,000 to the Chorus

Alumni Spotlight: Former Ambassador Curtis Kamman & Editor Jon Kamman



Chorus bound for glory in the Pacific Northwest

Pacific Northwest Tour will take 32 members of the Touring Chorus on a diverse journey of the Pacific Northwest, visiting busy metropolises in Washington and Oregon and pristine sites in Vancouver and Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The itinerary includes a performance as the headline choir at a prestigious music festival in Oregon.

"We are looking forward to showcasing the Chorus to a region we last visited 20 years ago," said Director Julian Ackerley. "We are also honored to be performing as the featured choir at the 5th Biennial Boychoir & Young Men's Singing Festival in Salem, Oregon."

The Touring Chorus departs on Friday, March 1 on an Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle, known as "the gateway to the world". Hosted by the Pacifica Children's Chorus, choristers will have the opportunity to tour many familiar sites of Seattle, including the legendary Space Needle, and one of the nation's largest downtown markets, Pike Place Farmer's Market.

With barely time to rest, the boys will prepare for their first concert at the celebrated St. James Cathedral, located in Seattle's historic First Hill neighborhood overlooking downtown Seattle. The Chorus will perform a concert prior to mass, as well as sing during the 5pm service.

After a day of sightseeing, the Touring Chorus will rehearse for a joint concert with the Pacifica Children's Chorus later that evening. The Chorus will bid farewell to Seattle and their host families, and board a bus to Ellensburg, Washington.

Communicating with signing chimpanzees is next on the itinerary. In Ellensburg, choristers will tour the Chimposium & Human Communication Institute on the campus of Central Washington University. Established in 1966, the program is the first and longest-running research project of its kind in the world. Several concerts at schools and churches are scheduled in Ellensburg.

After Ellensburg, the Chorus will travel by bus to Vancouver for sightseeing and a collaborative concert with the Coastal Sound Music Academy, located in Coquitlam in British Columbia, Canada. The Chorus will then take a ferry to Victoria (the capital city of British Columbia), located on the southern tip of Vancouver Island. In Victoria, the Chorus will perform at VIVA's Spring Sing as well as participate in a demonstration workshop. For sightseeing, choristers will have the unique opportunity to explore picturesque Victoria, including its renown Museum of Natural History.

Boarding a ferry for return travel to the mainland, choristers will travel by bus to Portland for the last leg of the tour. Planned is a collaborative concert with the Portland Symphonic Boychoir, and several performances in local schools. In Portland, choristers will visit the Oregon Museum of Science and History, where boys can choose from a long list of sensory explorations from life in a submarine to surviving an earthquake.

The tour's final destination is Salem, Oregon for their five-day participation as the featured choir at the 5th Biennial Boychoir & Young Men's Singing Festival. The Tucson Boys Chorus will be featured in its own performance to kick off the festival, then will participate in the various festival activities with nearly 200 other choristers from choirs around the country. Dr. Ackerley will be the featured clinician and will serve as the guest conductor of the massed choirs for the festival's gala final performance.

On Sunday, March 17, the Chorus will board a bus to Portland for their return flight to Tucson via Alaska Airlines, with a scheduled arrival at Tucson International Airport at 5:40pm.

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