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Directed by Loren W. Pontén

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Opus 7 was formed by Loren Pontén in 1992 as a professional vocal ensemble specializing in 19th- and 20th-century a cappella music. The group is known for its imaginative programs, singing unusual or rarely performed works as well as standard choral masterworks. They also have an active program of commissioning new pieces. Opus 7 maintains a flexible membership of up to 28 singers and produces a subscription concert series in the Seattle area. Opus 7 became a resident ensemble at St. James Cathedral in 1994. In March of 2000 they were a featured performer at the Northwest American Choral Directors Association Convention in Seattle. As part of its 1999-2000 season, Opus 7 inaugurated a Student Choral Composition Awards Program for high school and college students. The goal of the program is to foster the creation and performance of new choral music by talented young composers. 

Loren Pontén, founder and artistic director of Opus 7 vocal ensemble, holds undergraduate degrees in Music and Music Education and completed graduate studies in choral conducting from the University of Washington. In January of 1992 he formed Opus 7. He is on the Steering Committee and is the Vocal Coordinator for the adult festival workshop Midsummer Musical Retreat, and leads workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest on choral conducting, vocal technique and ensemble singing. He has been an assistant conductor for the Cathedral Choir of St. James in Seattle and also performs as a freelance singer. 

Northwest composer John Muehleisen has served as composer-in-residence for Opus 7 Vocal Ensemble since 1996, during which time Opus 7 has commissioned seven works from him. Two of those works, De profundis and The Great ‘O’ Antiphons, appear on Opus 7 CDs on the Loft Recordings label. He recently received a commission from the Dale Warland Singers as part of their 1999 / 2000 New Choral Music Program. Other composition awards include a Breicheman Award at the University of Washington and a Dean’s Prize at Indiana University. Muehleisen holds a Master of Music in Composition from the University of Washington, where he studied with William Bergsma and William O. Smith. During his doctoral composition studies at Indiana University he studied with John Eaton, Donald Erb, Eugene O’Brien, and Harvey Sollberger.




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