CORVALLIS, Ore. – The Oregon State University Chamber Choir will present the 14th annual President’s Concert at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 9, in the First United Methodist Church, 1165 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis.

The program, under theme “Chase the Journey,” is directed by Steven M. Zielke, the Patricia Valian Professor of music at OSU.

The concert will feature 11 works: “E Oru O,” a traditional Nigerian greeting song; Francis Poulenc’s “O Magnum Mysterium;” “Schaffe in mir, Gott ein rein Herz” by Johannes Brahms; a selection from W.A. Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum;” “Lobet den Hernn” by Johann Sebastian Bach; an arrangement of the traditional American song “Shenandoah;” “The Runner,” a new composition by OSU alumnus Joshua Rist; “Chariots” by Peter Louis van Dijk; Ko Matsushita’s “Jubilate Deo;” “Agnus Dei” from Krzystof Penderecki’s “Polish Requiem;” and a suite of four popular American spirituals.

In 2004, OSU President Ed Ray and his late wife, Beth, established the Ed and Beth Ray Endowment for Choral Leadership Scholars. Each year since, four students – a soprano, alto, tenor and bass – who display excellent musicianship, leadership and vocal ability have been honored.

The selected students go on to serve as section leaders in the OSU Chamber Choir the next year. At the 2018 President’s Concert, four new students will be honored to continue the tradition. 

Advance tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door; all seating is general admission. OSU students with ID and K-12 youth will be admitted free. Corvallis Arts for All discounts apply. Tickets may be purchased online at

For accommodations relating to a disability, please call 541-737-4671.

College of Liberal Arts

About the OSU College of Liberal Arts: The College of Liberal Arts includes the fine and performing arts, humanities and social sciences, making it one of the largest and most diverse colleges at OSU. The college's research and instructional faculty members contribute to the education of all university students and provide national and international leadership, creativity and scholarship in their academic disciplines.

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Zachary C. Person, 541-737-4671, [email protected]


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