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Oregon Chorale review: Changing of the Guard

Hillsboro choir celebrates its 30th season and commences concert auditions for its next music director

by BRUCE BROWNE

Anytime the founder / artistic director of an arts organization announces his or her intention to step aside, one of three things happens: complete chaos, mourning and stagnation or, in a more salutary way, an organized, timely search for a replacement.

The last is the course chosen by the board of directors of the Oregon Chorale (neé the Washington County Chorale). Now on the cusp of their year of change, the Chorale board has capped their search with a slate of three worthy candidates: Robert Hawthorne, Jason Sabino, and Scott Tuomi. Each brings a good measure of experience to the choral table.

Bernd Kuehn founded and led the Oregon Chorale for 30 years.

Bernd Kuehn founded and led the Oregon Chorale for 30 years.

In this past weekend’s program of seasonal pieces, Rejoice, the Chorale introduced the first candidate, Mr. Hawthorne, the choral director at Tigard High School. It was a notable beginning for the choir’s 30th season.

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