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.
Aubrey Patterson graduated with an honors bachelor of arts and MAT from Oregon State University and currently directs the choirs at Corvallis High School. Her Concert Choir has received numerous accolades, including two OSAA 5A State Championships and a standing ovation performance at the Northwest American Choral Directors Association conference. Aubrey enjoys performing in regional music theater productions, and is passionate about developing music literacy at the secondary level.
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.