Thara Memory, music alum, led his American Music Program to win the Essentially Ellington competition at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York City in May 2015.
Each spring term, the choruses of the Department of Music join together to perform a fully staged operatic production, often of a comic bent.
All lead roles are cast from chorus membership whenever possible. Auditions are held in February each year, with rehearsals typically starting in April. Performances occur in early June at the end of Marylhurst's spring term.
Director of the first two spring productions is Alistair Donkin of England, world-renowned expert in British comic opera.
Inaugural production: June 2013: H.M.S. Pinafore
Upcoming production: June 2014: The Pirates of Penzance
Praise for HMS Pinafore
I had such fun last night on board the HMS PInafore! What a delight. The cast, chorus, orchestra, and Mr. Donkin were superb! Mr. Donkin's narrative was perfect — and I learned things about the opera that I was unaware of. I did not know there was so much talent at Marylhurst! Please, do another Gilbert and Sullivan soon! I would go to another performance of your Pinafore today if I could.
- Joan Bierzi
(HMS Pinafore) was fabulous.... it brought back all the good memories I had of seeing
the D'oyly Carte productions in San Francisco growing up. THAT'S how good it was!
Wonderful voices, wonderful personalities on stage, and the barrel of fun it was meant
to be! Can't wait to see what you do next!
- Kathy Hubbell