Oregon High School Choirs Visit Christian University for State Competition

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More than 3,600 students expected to take part in OSAA’s 25th annual event, scheduled May 5-7 on campus of George Fox University.

High school choirs from across Oregon will visit George Fox University's campus in Newberg May 5-7.

High school choirs from across Oregon will visit George Fox University's campus in Newberg May 5-7.

More than 3,600 high school students representing 60-plus choirs will visit the George Fox University campus to compete in the Oregon School Activities Association’s 25th annual state choir championships Thursday through Saturday, May 5-7.

The event, scheduled in Bauman Auditorium, will feature schools at all classification levels. Class 3A, 2A and 1A choirs will compete on Thursday, May 5; Class 4A and 5A students will compete on Friday, May 6; and Class 6A choirs will convene on Saturday, May 7. Specific choir performance times will be available on the OSAA website at osaa.org/choir beginning on Monday, April 25.

Doors open at 8 a.m. each morning, and the competition begins at 9 a.m. At the conclusion of the performances in a classification, the outstanding groups will be recognized. State championship trophies will be awarded to half of the choirs in each classification up to a maximum of five awards. Ceremonies are scheduled at 7 p.m. each evening.

Free parking is available in the Bauman Auditorium parking lot, on the streets surrounding campus, or in the nearby Hoover parking lot.

General admission tickets are available at ossa.org/tickets and cost $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets may be pre-ordered online until Tuesday, May 3, with all orders available for pick-up at the will call window on site beginning on May 5. No charge cards will be accepted on site.

Choirs qualify for the event by winning their respective league competition or by meeting a specified quality scale and getting selected on an at-large basis.

Bauman Auditorium is noted for its acoustics and has been used by the Oregon Symphony for recordings. A map and directions to the Newberg campus are available on the George Fox website at georgefox.edu/maps.

George Fox University is ranked by Forbes as the top Christian college in the Pacific Northwest and among the top three Christian colleges in the country. George Fox is the only Christian university in the Pacific Northwest classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first tier national university. More than 3,400 students attend classes on the university’s campus in Newberg, Ore., and at teaching centers in Portland, Salem, and Redmond, Ore., and Boise, Idaho. George Fox offers bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, degree-completion programs for working adults, five seminary degrees, and 11 master’s and doctoral degrees.

Debbie Hawblitzel
Department of Performing Arts


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