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CWU's Singh Celebrated in February 16 Central On-Stage

Prolific composer and renowned voice professor Vijay Singh will be highlighted in the February 16 broadcast of Central On-Stage. The concert, "Sing Songs of Singh," will air at 7:00 p.m. on KCTS-TV or your local public broadcast station.

Four Central Washington University choirs, plus groups from Walla Walla High School and Union High School (Vancouver, Washington) will perform a concert of Singh’s musical compositions.

“Vijay is a prolific composer, whose works are performed all over the world,” said Gary Weidenaar, CWU director of choral studies. “I am pleased to have coordinated this event—to help bring his music to a wider audience. With more than 200 compositions for choir, Singh has a very wide range of subject, style and difficulty—always finely crafted and some as challenging as anything a choir can tackle.”

Singh is an active performer, composer, teacher, conductor, and clinician at Central Washington University. He has gained international attention for his eclectic musical compositions, performances, workshops and conducting appearances. Singh currently teaches voice, choral arranging, jazz pedagogy, directs the University Chorale, and award-winning CWU Vocal Jazz 1, and oversees two jazz choirs in the vocal jazz program. His student ensembles at CWU have been honored as some of the finest in the nation with invitations to perform at prestigious national IAJE, MENC/NAfME, ACDA, and JEN conventions.

As a composer, Singh writes for all levels in both the classical choral and jazz idioms. His “MASS with Orchestra” received its world premiere at Lincoln Center in New York City, in May 2011.

An active performer, Singh has appeared as featured bass-baritone soloist with such notable groups as the Robert Shaw Chorale, Male Ensemble Northwest, Choral Cross Ties, the Oregon Symphony, David Byrne (Talking Heads), Clark Terry, the Disciples of Groove, and as a member of the award-winning a cappella jazz quartet Just 4 Kicks. He has appeared in professional opera and musical theatre productions, and maintains an active career in oratorio, recital and contemporary music.

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