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 associate director in the School of Arts and Communication. 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 served as the Bonita L. Bass Memorial assistant conductor for the Master Chorale of Tampa Bay. He received 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.
Most members of this “musicians’ chorus” have formal vocal study, and many professional music degrees. All share an enthusiasm for the 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 traveling 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.