Are you looking for a wonderful way to launch you out of your winter doldrums?? This is exactly what you need! Don’t miss the highly anticipated Prelude Spring Concert, performed by the McCall Concert Singers and the McCall Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra. There will be two concerts on Saturday April 14th, 2018 at 3:00 and 7:30 pm at the McCall Community Congregational Church, located at 901 1st Street in McCall. The admission is Free but donations are definitely welcome.
We are excited to welcome Blake Olmstead to direct the McCall Concert Singers. And we always welcome the return of Richard Bauer as he continues to direct both the McCall Chamber Orchestra and Youth Orchestra.
“For Olmstead, teaching students to sing over the past 26 years was never really a job. It was a calling of sorts that fueled his lifelong passion for music.” Mountain Home News, May 25, 2011
Blake Olmstead taught Choir in Mountain Home beginning with four years at the Elementary level and 21 years at the Junior High and High School. His choirs at the high school included three Treble Choirs, a Men’s Choir, a Mixed Choir, and a Jazz/ Madrigal Choir. He retired in 2011. He has been an adjunct professor at Boise State University teaching Music Appreciation and Music for Educators for over 30 years.
Blake has also performed in several bands over the years in Boise and now performs as a solo musician in Mountain Home and McCall.
A self-described Beatles fan with an extensive collection of Fab Four memorabilia, Olmstead admits that music remains a powerful force in people’s lives, regardless if they’ve been in a band or choir. He enjoys directing choirs to perform a variety of songs from all periods of music, sacred and secular, gospel and ethnic, and modern popular songs.
Richard Bauer moved back to Idaho after thirty-eight years as an orchestra director. Prior to retirement, he spent the last seven years at Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois. Mr. Bauer began his career teaching elementary and middle school orchestra in Pendleton, Oregon. He then taught orchestras in Salem, Oregon for over twenty years before moving to Illinois in 2006. While their director, the Neuqua Valley Chamber Strings were twice invited to perform at The Midwest Clinic, an international band and orchestra festival in Chicago. His orchestras have also performed at the Oregon Music Educators Conference, the All-Northwest Music Educators Conference and the Illinois Music Educators State Conference.
He has traveled with students throughout the United States and Canada and has taken his orchestras on six tours to Great Britain and Europe. For over thirty years he spent his summers as a Suzuki String Specialist at Suzuki Institutes throughout the Western United States and Canada. Mr. Bauer was the principal violist with the Portland Opera Orchestra and the Portland Chamber Orchestra and he has also played with the Spokane and Columbus Symphonies. He grew up in Moscow where his father was the orchestra director at the University of Idaho for twenty-five years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Idaho and a Master of Music from The Ohio State University.
Mr. Bauer was named Oregon Music Educator of the Year in 2003 and Illinois classroom teacher of the year in 2012 by the Illinois American String Teachers Association.