The Evergreen Singers

A performing chorus of The Evergreen State College


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Repertoire for Winter Quarter:
What better wintertime activity than complaining? This quarter our theme is Creative Complaints: we will explore the way discontent and peevishness can lead to fruitful creative breakthroughs, just as our own impatience with Northwest winters will lead us through to the flowerings of spring. As part of that exploration, we will create an Evergreen version of the international phenomenon known as Complaints Choirs, wherein we collect complaints and sing them back to the community from which they arose.

Our Complaints Choir songs, to which we will create new lyrics based on our complaints:

A Mighty Fortress is Our God by Martin Luther (1483-1546)
Windham by Daniel Read (1787-1836)
Fair Phyllis by John Farmer (1565-1605)

Our other complaining repertoire:

Two rounds by Louis Hardin (aka Moondog), (1916-1999): Behold and Nero's Expedition
Two contemporary shape-note songs: Traveler by Anna Patton, 1998 and Wood Street by Judy Hauff, 1986
Volaras, Pensamiento Mio by Mateo Romero Capitan (1575-1647)
So You Want to Write a Fugue by Glenn Gould (1932-1982)

South African songs to be taught by visiting teacher Valerie Rogers: Jo We (Zulu folk song, trad.) and one other TBA

Solos and small ensembles: All members of The Evergreen Singers are invited to propose and prepare solo and/or small ensemble performances to be included in our end-of-quarter recital. They may be instrumental, vocal, or both. They must fit with our theme of Creative Complaints.

You must prepare your solo or small ensemble outside regular class time. NO class time will be allocated to rehearse these solos and small ensembles. If you would like our accompanist to play for you, you must provide appropriate sheet music by week 6.