Corvallis Repertory Singers was founded by Dr. Steven M. Zielke, the Patricia Valian Reser Professor of Music at Oregon State University, where he also serves as director of choral studies and music department coordinator. He earned his doctoral and master’s degrees in choral conducting from The Florida State University and held the prestigious Clayton Krehbiel Fellowship, funded through the generous efforts of the late Robert Shaw.
Raymund Ocampo received a master’s in choral conducting from the University of South Florida and a bachelor’s in music education from Concordia College where he studied with Dr. René Clausen and Dr. Paul Nesheim. He currently serves as music program chair and director of choral studies at Linn-Benton Community College. Mr. Ocampo founded and served as artistic director of ‘ascend,’ an 8-member vocal ensemble dedicated to performing new works in a unique way.
Most members of this “musicians’ chorus” have formal vocal study, and many have professional music degrees. All share a life-long enthusiasm for the best in choral music and the opportunity to perform under skilled direction.
A concert may involve 24 to 45 singers. Because performances are prepared with few rehearsals, singers are expected to learn their parts in advance. By day they are school and church choir directors, librarians, scientists, medical professionals, small business owners, teachers, and computer professionals, some travelling from Salem and Eugene for rehearsals. With years of musical experience and many trained voices in the ensemble, soloists are often drawn from the choir.