Concert Choir invited to New York to sing at 9/11 memorial

George Fox will send its Concert Choir to New York to sing at a memorial service on Sept. 11.George Fox University’s Concert Choir traveled to New York City to sing at “A Concert of Commemoration,” a memorial event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on Sunday, Sept. 11.

The choir joined with an additional 150 singers and soloists to perform Rene Clausen’s Memorial, composed to honor the memory of those who lost their lives in the attacks. George Fox was among a group of choirs, billed as Distinguished Concerts Singers International, that performed Clausen’s piece.

The concert, held in the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts’ Avery Fisher Hall, featured pieces composed by Clausen and Karl Jenkins. Both composers directed their pieces.

The George Fox choir received an invitation to participate after event organizers saw a video of the choir singing Kyrie, a portion of Memorial, on YouTube. An e-mail was sent to conductor Loren Wenz, inviting the group to come to New York to participate in a performance of Memorial. George Fox sent 40 students from its Concert Choir to New York.

“The George Fox University chorus received this invitation because of the quality and high level of musicianship demonstrated by the singers,” said Dr. Jonathan Griffith, artistic director and principal conductor of the event. “This is an event of extreme pride for everybody and deserving of the community’s recognition and support.”

Impromptu performance by George Fox University's Concert Choir at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine.

Wenz said the choir was selected based on the high recommendation of his colleagues, the choir’s long-standing reputation of musical excellence, and its outstanding performance of Kyrie in the fall of 2010.

“It is quite an honor just to be invited to perform in Fisher Hall, especially in light of this important performance,” Wenz said. “These talented and committed wonderful musicians not only represent a high quality of music and education, but they also become ambassadors for the community.”

Performing with George Fox at the event were the Bedford Presbyterian Senior Choir (New Hampshire), The Concert Singers (California), the Concordia College Alumni Choir (Minnesota), the Gwinnett Symphony Chorus (Georgia), Manassas Chorale (Virginia), The Master Chorale of Fargo-Moorhead (North Dakota), the Prescott Master Singers (Arizona) and Windsong Southland Chorale (California).

The George Fox University Concert Choir, featuring many students from George Fox’s music major, is the school’s premier large choral ensemble and consists of 65 advanced singers. Membership is open to all students regardless of their major, and singers are chosen by audition each fall. The purpose of the ensemble is to provide high-quality musical experiences for undergraduate students.

Avery Fisher Hall in New York

George Fox sent about 40 singers to the Lincoln Center's Avery Fisher Hall in New York to sing at a 9/11 memorial service.