Pinewood Singers conducted my final concert as Director of the Pinewood Singers on a beautiful May evening in 2003.

For this Director and several seniors, it closed four years of hard work and play. For others, it represented one very memorable year that included our fully staged production of Sondheim’s Into The Woods to standing-room-only audiences on multiple nights; our performance of Haydn’s Te Deum with the Menlo orchestra and choir; our national anthem performances at basketball state championship playoffs; our master classes and performances at various venues; and our Best Overall Choir award at Disneyland’s Music In The Parks festival, where we received the only perfect score from the judges and outperformed quality choirs from schools ten times Pinewood’s size.

It was quite a journey, and I’m thankful to these young musicians for taking it with me, many of whom did not know how to read music when they first joined.

Below are five soundfiles — recorded live at our final concert — to help alumni remember and show others what we did.

Pinewood Singers: One May Evening… Sounds of our final concert:

  • Dirait-on by Morten Lauridsen
    The final song, of the final performance, I conducted as Director of the Pinewood Singers — an emotional moment for all involved
  • Awake, Awake! by Johannes Brahms…
    A fun little piece from a set of six Brahms folk songs we performed
  • Into The Woods: Ever After / Act 1 Finale by Stephen Sondheim…
    A concert version of a piece from the musical we staged earlier in the year
  • Salmo 150 by Ernani Aguiar…
    An adrenaline rush and a great rhythmic and harmonic challenge
  • The Lost Handel Recordings by Mr. C & the Pinewood Singers…
    This outtake from the Pinewood Singers’ recording session at Stanford University gives a glimpse into the meticulous and incredibly serious rehearsal techniques I strictly enforced at all times

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