Welcome to the South Seattle College Community Choir's Information Page
Updated Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 10:30 a.m.
About the instructors
Bronwyn Edwards and John Lehrack team up to bring a wealth of musicianship and vocal, conducting and instrumental expertise to the choir.
Bronwyn Edwards describes herself as a musical catalyst -- someone who strives to create musical opportunities for singers and instrumentalists of all levels and abilities. Bron is an accomplished pianist, private teacher of piano, theory and guitar, composer, mentor and performer. Her choral music compositions have been publicly commissioned and performed in Seattle's Benaroya Hall. She has been the featured solo pianist at Seattle-Tacoma International airport for the past 9 years during the holiday season. Bron is a mentor to young musicians, and has served as Music Director at Fauntleroy Church, UCC, for the past 8 years, where she not only directs the choir but takes an entrepreneurial role to bring both recognized artists and local musicians to the community through concerts and events. Bron's favorite composers are Debussy, Ravel, (well, any of the French impressionist composers, really!) George Gershwin and Dave Brubeck. In the choral world, Bron loves the music of the classical period (Bach and Handel), as well as contemporary composers such as Dan Forrest, Eric Whitacre, Ola Gjeilo, Eric Barnum, to name a few.
John Lehrack is a Professor of Music at South Puget Sound Community College where he leads the choral program and teaches voice, music theory and music fundamentals. John is also the Music Director and Organist at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Edmonds. In his spare time, John is the proprietor of Dorothy's Piano Bar and Cabaret, a new venue that will be opening soon in Seattle. Keep tabs at www.DorothysPianoBar.com. John has appeared with numerous choral groups, orchestras, opera companies and theatre groups in Washington, Hawaii, California, New York and Florida including San Francisco City Summer Opera, the Solano Symphony, Hawaii Opera Theatre, San Francisco Cabaret Opera, Na Leo Nahenahe, Jewish Folk Chorus of San Francisco and many more. John is a versatile musician who loves most types of music; preferring to listen to dance, pop and Hawaiian, sing musical theatre, cabaret and French art song and play Debussy, Brahms, Haydn and Liszt. He lives in-between Ballard and Phinney Ridge with his two dogs and cat.
Fall Quarter 2017 at South Seattle College
Sunday, December 10 at 7 pm, Olympic Hall.
Fall quarter performance of "Luminous Night of the Soul" by Ola Gjeilo on Sunday, December 11, 2016 at Fauntleroy Church, UCC
NEW to singing in a choir and/or reading music?
Here is a YouTube video introduction to understanding the basics of reading notes and rhythm which you may find helpful. Created by Tim Hansen, I think it's a great explanation for a beginner about the nuts and bolts of music. Enjoy!
Everything you wanted to know about music theory - ONLINE and FREE at sonicfit.com
Try to work through these lessons and exercises a little each week and it will make a big difference to your choir experience!
Thanks to our former choir director, Paula Herd, for directing me to this very helpful resource.
Remember, becoming a good sight reader of music requires a little practice every day!
Blow, Blow Thou Winter Wind by John Rutter
I Wonder As I Wander by John Rutter
Let It Snow by Ed Lojeski
Noche de Paz by Cesar Alejandro Carrillo
O Nata Lux by Guy Forbes
Stars I Shall Find by Victor C. Johnson
The Snow Begins to Fall by Andy Beck
White Christmas by Irving Berlin arr. Roy Ringwald