A note from the Artistic Director

Dr. Paul Schultz, Artistic Director and Founder of Northwest Repertory SingersI want to sincerely thank all who attended our concerts this past season for your enthusiasm and support.  It was a terrific season for us; one of our best musically!  I also want to thank those of you who donated in support of NWRS.  Your generosity allows us to continue the creative and aggressive programming our audiences have experienced in the past and will hopefully continue to experience in the future

We loved our December 2016 concerts, especially having Roxane Hreha and the children’s choir from Geiger Montessori School in Tacoma as our special guests.  We were also delighted to have the Lyric Brass Quintet join NWRS and the children’s choir in presenting the world premiere performance of Kyle Haugen’s Rejoice, Rejoice! Fanfares and Carols at Christmas.  It was a stirring finale and left everyone in a joyous mood for the holidays. 

May 2017 brought one of the most challenging projects NWRS has attempted in our 16-year history.  “A Concert Celebrating the Arts in Tacoma” was a collaboration with Museum of Glass, Washington State History Museum, and Tacoma Art Museum.  The music performed related to an exhibit at each of the museums.  The exhibit from the Tacoma Art Museum was the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2016.  This traveling exhibit from the National Portrait Gallery featured 43 portraits.  The exhibit at the Washington State History Museum related to immigration to the state of Washington.  We focused on the exhibit titled “Coming to Washington:  George Washington Bush.”  NWRS premiered a new work with words and music by Tom Walworth titled A True American.  The text outlined the story of the Bush family’s migration from Missouri to Thurston County.   The focus from Museum of Glass was the exhibit “Into the Deep.”  The emphasis on water and sea creatures proved to be haunting in many ways.  Water and glass has been popular with composers for several centuries and the repertoire NWRS performed by Gwyneth Walker and Eric Whitacre was a perfect match.  The concerts were presented in a multi-media format with slides and film presentations on a large screen above the choir.  Members of a modern dance class from Tacoma School of the Arts also performed.  Audience members expressed the combination of fantastic music with images from the exhibits allowed them to become more emotionally involved with each song.  This was a perfect ending to a magnificent season for all of us!

We will be announcing our 2017-2018 season in mid-June.  I can promise we have an exciting season planned with lots of surprises that you will not want to miss!

If you’d like to join us as a performer, or know someone who should be singing with us, please sign up for an audition.  The audition information will be up on our web site very soon.  Audition dates at Monday, August 28 and September 11, 2017 at Mason Methodist Church in the Proctor District of Tacoma.

Again, thank you for your support of NWRS, have a wonderful summer, and I look forward to seeing you during our 2017-2018 concert season.

Most Sincerely,

Paul Schultz

Paul W. Schultz
Artistic Director and Founder
Northwest Repertory Singers