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WELCOME
OREGON'S AMBASSADOR'S OF SONG SINCE 1945
UPCOMING APPEARANCES

Laurel Parc
September 28, 2016  •  7 p.m.

Laurel Parc
November 30, 2016  •  7 p.m.

2016 Habitat for Humanity Benefit Concert
December 3, 2016  •  3 p.m.

SpringRidge at Charbonneau
December 7, 2016  •  7 p.m.

Terwilliger Plaza Christmas Concert
December 9, 2016  •  7:30 p.m.

Edgewood Downs Christmas Concert
December 14, 2016  •  4:30 p.m.

Clackamas Town Village
December 15, 2016  •  5:30 p.m.

2016 Grotto Festival of Lights
December 21, 2016  •  7 p.m.

OUR DIRECTOR

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Bruce M. Brownell grew up in Colfax, Washington. He attended Washington State University where he studied choral music and was the lead tenor in the WSU Opera Theater and Drama departments. Some of the roles Mr. Brownell has performed include Ferando in Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte, Curly in Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma, and Albert Herring in Benjamin Britten's Albert Herring. He was selected to perform for the National Opera Convention in 1977.

Mr. Brownell is the director of the Portland area Westside Singers, and has taught in several school districts.  He has been a vocal music specialist in the Beaverton, Oregon School District since 1990.  Under his direction, the Beaverton High School Choirs have received numerous awards and performed with Miss America, Katie Harman, and recording artists Alex Boyé and Shania Twain. Choral performances also include San Francisco, Canada, Safeco Field, Carnegie Hall, on National TV, and in Portland's Memorial Coliseum and the Rose Garden Arena.

Mr. Brownell has extensive experience with elementary and middle school choirs as well as being a choral clinician and certified Oregon choral adjudicator.  In addition to his love of music, Bruce has a minor in coaching and has coached high school football and basketball for several years. Bruce and his wife, Erricka have three children and one Harley-Davidson.

ABOUT US

Our History

The Westside Singers have been performing in Portland and beyond for over 60 years. Originally begun in 1945, the all-male chorus was known as the Forest Grove Gleemen. When women joined the chorus in the 1960s, the Forest Grove Gleemen became the Forest Grove Gleemen and Girls. As time passed, the chorus grew in size, drawing singers throughout Washington and Oregon. The focus changed to singing jazz standards and show tunes, and the name changed one more time to the Westside Singers.

Today Westside Singers is a jazz chorus of 35 singers, ranging in age from late teens to the 80’s. We boast five members  with over 50 years experience with the Westside Singers.

Our director, Bruce Brownell, has directed Westside Singers for 20 years. His talent and dedication has crafted Westside Singers to become Portland’s premier jazz chorus.

The Westside Singers have performed at all kinds of local venues, including civic clubs, retirement homes, and private parties. We had the honor of singing the National Anthem at PGE Park and Memorial Coliseum. Internationally, the Westside Singers conducted a tour of Europe in the 1970s, and held a command performance for Princess Grace of Monaco. The Westside Singers had the privilege of performing at the 1986 Worlds Fair in Vancouver, B.C.

One constant dances throughout the 60+ year history of Westside Singers, and that is providing toe-tapping, finger-snapping, hand-holding musical entertainment throughout the Portland metropolitan area and beyond. That’s what makes us “Oregon’s Ambassadors of Song”.

Our Music

The Westside Singers specialize in performing jazz standards from 1940’s and 1950’s, along with popular show tunes from the 1920s to today’s Broadway tunes.

Our current Playlist includes such favorites as ~

In The Mood

Route 66

And All That Jazz (from the musical Chicago)

Steppin’ Out

Puttin’ On The Ritz

I’m Beginning To See The Light

Sing, Sing, Sing

Tuxedo Junction

Sweet Georgia Brown

As Time Goes By

Don’t Get Around Much Anymore

It Had to Be You

String of Pearls

Moonglow

River of Dreams

Sincerely/You Send Me

Take Five

Girl from Ipanema

Birth of the Blues

Fly Me To The Moon

Blue Skies

Sway

Under the Boardwalk

Lean on Me

On the Sunny Side of the Street

 

And Many, Many More…

 

Our Holiday season Playlist offers a great mix of secular and sacred favorites, such as ~

Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas

Getting in the Mood (for Christmas)

Irving Berlin Medley

Sleigh Bells

Angelic Christmas

O Holy Night

Christmas Waltz

Jazzy Old St. Nicholas 

Mary, Mary 

Santa Claus is Coming to Town 

Doo Wop Christmas 

Carol of the Bells ­ Kirby Shaw arr.   

Cool Yule 

Sing Noel 

Silent Night 

Joy to the World 

And More…
Joining The Westside Singers

The Westside Singers are always looking for quality musicians who enjoy singing, having a good time and performing all year round! We rehearse Wednesday evenings from 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. at West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, in the Sanctuary. The entire parking lot is available. The rehearsal space is located through the main entry: turn left, then right.

Our next scheduled rehearsal is Wednesday, September 7 @ 7 p.m.

We would love to see you there! Feel free to fill out our
information sheet and someone will get back to you shortly.

EXECUTIVE BOARD
Below are the elected officers of our organization. 
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CARTER TOLLAS
President
& Webmaster


KATIE KIME-SMITH
Vice President

& Concert Manager

SHERRY AVERETT Treasurer
RON MAGNUS
Librarian
ERIN MATOZA
Secretary & Webmaster
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