The University Singers traveled to the Puget Sound areas January 9-13, performing at seven high schools, three churches, and a large retirement community during the five days before the spring semester. Twenty-six members of the choir were able to. As the conductor of the choir, Michael Connolly led the tour, assisted by Dr. David De Lyser, of the music faculty.
On all stops, the tour promoted the University of Portland. At schools and the retirement center I spoke about the University, majors offered, repeated the UP web address. School directors were given recruiting posters, music and drama brochures, and multiple copies of the Admissions Office preview booklet. The purple satin banner from the Events Office was displayed. At churches, the choir was introduced at each Mass. Bulletin notices were sent in advance to the parishes to promote the choir’s performance and the University.
Over 3,200 people heard the choir sing at the 12 events during the five-day tour. Reception was very enthusiastic. The tour was very successful. The Singers promoted the University in general, and raised their level of performance in a way that will certainly help the group grow in the future.