A Letter from VC Music School Director – February 2023

Dear VC Music School Families:

Everyone at the music school is busy preparing for this month’s Winter Recitals. Please note the instructor’s date and time for each recital. All of the recitals will be held in the Motherhouse, ground floor, cold lunch auditorium.  

Friday, Feb. 24

Seung Min Oh, Piano 5 to 6 p.m.

Junko Gilliland, Piano 6 to 7 p.m.

Chris Swanson, Violin 7 to 8 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 25

Sue Lewis, Violin 11 a.m. to noon

Henriet Fourie, Voice/Piano 2 to 3 p.m.

Mila Bada, Piano 3 to 4 p.m.

Albert Palmeter, Piano 4 to 5 p.m.

Saturday, March 11

Beckie Hocker, Flute 6 to 7 p.m.

Competitions and Recognitions:

Some of our music school students participated in the Oregon Music Education Ensemble’s All-State Band for Middle and High School. Participation with the All-State Band is by audition only. A BIG Congratulations to Morgan T., Flute, 8th grade from VCMS, for being selected to participate in the OMEE All-State Band. More than 100 students from the State of Oregon, traveled to Eugene to participate in a two-day clinic with a guest conductor. They ended their clinic with a performance. 

Other students have been working on submitting video auditions for other competitions and clinics. They hope to hear the results before Spring Break.

In the meantime, the OMEE Solo and Ensemble contest is coming up on Saturday, March 4.  This is an opportunity for students to prepare and perform in front of an adjudicator. They receive comments and a score. The students who receive the top scores will be eligible for All-State Solo and Ensemble, competing against other students in the state. We wish all of them the best as they work toward this achievement. 

The Flutissimos:

Winter Term has begun. We will be rehearsing each Friday for ten weeks, preparing music to share with friends and family in early April. We also hope to play our music in the community. We will provide more information at a later date.


Henriet Fourie

Fearless soprano Henriët Fourie sings with “luminous tone and security.” (Chicago Classical Review) Emitting an uncommon “vibrancy and urgency” (Chicago Classical Review) in oratorio performance, Fourie has been featured as a soloist at The Ravinia Festival, June in Buffalo, The Piccolo Spoleto Festival USA, The Handel Week Festival, Chicago’s annual Schubertiade, and with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Elgin Symphony Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta and the Bella Voce Sinfonia. 

Fourie has worked with many conductors including such luminaries as Marin Alsop, Ricardo Muti, Carlos Kalmar, Andrés Arozco-Estrada, and Gil Rose. She has performed on multiple stages including Carnegie Hall, Chicago’s Orchestra Hall, and Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park. A sensitive and sophisticated collaborator, Fourie sings with In Mulieribus, Cappella Romana, and Cantores in Ecclesia. She is also a certified Suzuki voice teacher and has enjoyed years of being a committed teacher to singers of all ages. 

A native of South Africa, Fourie resides in Portland, OR with her husband, trombonist Andrew Thompson, and their two sons Jurgen and Cornelius. Fourie holds degrees in Vocal and Piano Performance from the College of Charleston and a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance from DePaul University where she studied with Julia Bentley.

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