by Shelley Bacon
SPANGLE, Wash., January 26, 2017 -- It was well worth the drive through the snowy and icy roads to hear the Upper Columbia Academy Choral Clinic Finale Performance on January 19. Students from around the Pacific Northwest joined the UCA choir to create a mass choir of beautiful voices. Guest clinician, Brenda Mohr, took them through a series of fun warm-up exercises and then they were off and running, learning and finally polishing six songs of various genres over the next two days.
Mohr arrived in the gymnasium Thursday before noon, just in time to witness an assembly for the ASB “Spirit Week,” where kids in crazy hair-get-ups and clashing clothes demonstrated their school and class spirit. She commented that in all her years of teaching in Adventist schools, she had never seen such great participation and school spirit. You can view some Spirit Week pictures on Upper Columbia’s Facebook page.
UCA Music Department Chair & Vocal Director Curtis Anderson has directed the biannual choral clinics in the past, but knew Mohr was in Washington getting her doctorate in music so invited her to be the guest clinician. Anderson met Mohr many years ago when he was teaching in San Diego and Mohr and her husband, a band instructor, were teaching at Glendale Adventist Academy.
Most major events at Upper Columbia Academy are live-streamed, and then uploaded and archived on their website. You may watch this program and many others at www.ucaa.org/live.
If you or any student you know might be interested in learning more about the music department at UCA, or about attending UCA, please contact Shelley Bacon, recruiter, at 509-245-6400 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.