TWU Choirs to perform at Carnegie Hall

Over 50 choir members from TWU's Chamber Singers, Chamber Choir and Masterworks Choir—all of which are conducted by Wes Janzen, TWU Director of Choral Activities—will perform during a five-day residency in January. On January 17, the TWU choirs, the choral ensembles and the children's choir will perform “Mass for the Children,” in English and Latin, as recently commissioned by John Rutter, renowned British composer and author of many celebrated anthems, carols and hymns.

This isn't the first time the TWU Choirs have been singled out. They regularly perform as guests with such professional groups as Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and the Vancouver Choir and CBC Vancouver Orchestra. The TWU Chamber Singers have been invited to sing for the lighting of Canuck Place Hospice lights in a televised event filmed live on Tuesday, November 30 at 6:00 p.m.

“It's a great cause to be a part of and I'm honoured to be invited to participate,” says Carmen Fast, an alto in the TWU Chamber Singers and third year music major. Joining the event will be Vancouver Canuck Brad May, who will throw the switch at 6:15 p.m. as part of the lighting festivities.

The notoriety of the Choirs has also captured the imagination of the public. The December 5 Christmas choir event sold out the Chan Centre's 1,400 seat auditorium only one week after tickets went on sale. Fortunately, the Chan Centre event will be recorded live with an orchestra and will be compiled on CD along with songs they've recently recorded at the CBC studios.

TWU choir students credit their success and profile to Janzen, director of TWU's Masterworks Choir (TWU's adult, alumni choir), Chamber Singers (TWU's most elite student choir), Chamber Choir (a choir of mainly music majors), and Concert Choir.

“The man is amazing,” says Fast. “He's known all over the world, particularly in Europe. I don't know of any other person who could have gotten us connected with Carnegie Hall. And yet this is the same man who has given me so many musical opportunities at TWU.”

Moore agrees. “He's very good at what he does and very humble about it,” he says. “A few years ago I wrote an article about him for the student newspaper, and when I looked at his resume I was shocked. Included in his long list of accomplishments is that he sits on the adjudication committee of the choir Olympics, the national choir.”

The TWU Choirs will perform at numerous engagements in 2005. On January 29 to 30, 2005, the TWU combined choirs and worship team will sing at Missions Fest. On March 25, 2005, the TWU Chamber Singers will be guests of the Vancouver Chamber Choir for “Bach B Minor Mass” at The Orpheum. On May 13 to 14, 2005, the TWU Masterworks and Chamber Choir will be guests of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra for “Haydn Creation,” at the Chan Centre for Performing Arts at UBC. For ticket information for any of these performances contact Ticketmaster.

Trinity Western University, located in Langley, B.C., is a not-for-profit Christian liberal arts university enrolling over 3,500 students this year. With a broad based, liberal arts and sciences curriculum, the University offers undergraduate degrees in 38 major areas of study ranging from business, education and computer science to biology and nursing, and 13 other graduate degrees including counselling psychology, theology and administrative leadership.

Last Updated: 2015-07-20
Author: Keela Keeping