Music groups’ season begins

— Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus will begin rehearsals for the 2013-14 season the week of Labor Day.

The first chorus rehearsal will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 2, at the Community Presbyterian Church, 9 S. Birch St., Omak.

Subsequent rehearsals will be at 7:30 p.m. Mondays in the Omak High School band room, 20 S. Cedar St.

The orchestra will start rehearsing at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 3, in the band room.

Concerts are set for Oct. 20, Dec. 8, Feb. 9 and March 23. Curtain time is 3 p.m. in the Omak Performing Arts Center, 14 S. Cedar St.

The chorus has a new director this year in Jonathan McBride, music teacher with the Pateros School District. Don Pearce, Omak School district secondary music teacher, will continue to lead the orchestra.

The organization also has a new coordinator. Lynn Hoover, Omak, will succeed Vera Zachow, who left at the end of the 2012-13 season.

McBride, 40, will take the choral baton from Pearce, who previously led both groups.

“I am very honored and excited to be given the opportunity to direct the Okanogan Valley Chorus,” he said. “I have always been moved by the power and emotional impact that music can have, and it is my hope to convey this to our audiences this concert season.”

The fall concert, on Oct. 20, will feature a diverse choral selection unified by text about singing, from pieces by Mendelssohn and Vaughan Williams to music from “HMS Pinafore” and “Les Miserables.”

“It is my hope that the members of OVOC and our audience will find something meaningful, moving and enjoyable at each concert this season,” McBride said.

He has been teaching band and choir at the secondary level since his graduation from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, in 1998.

Last spring, he was the vocal coach for Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus’ performance of “Spamalot.”

Pearce, 54, is in his 31st year of teaching, and said he anticipates great things from the orchestra and continued musical growth.

“We will be performing the music of Mozart, Copland, Nelhybel, Marcello, Strauss, Holst, Irving Berlin and local composer Terry Hunt. There will truly be something for everyone,” he said.

The season starts Oct. 20 with the New World Symphony by Antonin Dvorak.

Hoover, 32, has been involved with Okanogan Valley Orchestra and Chorus for several years. She was a Silly Girl in “Beauty and the Beast” and has been involved in every musical since then. She was the Lady of the Lake in “Spamalot” last spring.

She joined the board in early 2012 and was asked to be the coordinator when Zachow stepped down last spring.


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