Willamette Girlchoir (WGC) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 organization founded in 1991 by Caren Jensen and is governed by a board of directors. The board consists of members who volunteer their time to the organization, overseeing the development and management of the choir's goals. Willamette Girlchoir exists for the purpose of building a community of singers who are passionate about the art of singing.
We respect and honor each singer and her unique gifts that she brings to the choir program.
We embrace and encourage cultural diversity both in membership and selection of music.
We represent our community as ambassadors, and we are honored to represent the city of Salem and the Greater Willamette Valley in all that we do as WGC members.
We plan for excellence in all we do as singers.
Delee Brown, Artistic Director, Serenade Director
DeLee Brown joined Willamette Girlchoir in 2011 as Director of Serenade and Sonnets (formerly known as Dolce and Vivace) and has once again stepped into the position as Artistic Director. Mrs. Brown has been a music educator and choral conductor for more than 15 years. She received her training in Vocal Music Education from the University of Arizona in Tucson, AZ. Mrs. Brown served as the Assistant Director of the Tucson Girls Chorus where she directed the elementary aged girls. She also developed the Tucson Girls Chorus Summer Fine Arts Program where she facilitated the writing and production of original operas.
After leaving Tucson, Mrs. Brown served as adjunct faculty at Georgia Southern University where she worked with pre-service teachers and supervised their student teaching. Mrs. Brown currently teaches General Music and directs the choir at Kalapuya Elementary School in the Salem-Keizer School District. She loves working with young women, building both their musical abilities and their self-esteem. Delee and her husband, David, reside in Salem.
Julia Fabrizio, Sonnet Director
Julia Fabrizio is excited to continue with Willamette Girlchoir this fall.
Having recently returned to the US after 8 years of teaching internationally in Milan, Dubai, and Panama City, she has taught the gamut: general music, musical theatre, choirs, and private voice lessons with students ages 4 through 18 years at institutions of diverse cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. She teaches music and choir and is enthusiastic about working with beginning singers!
For the last three years, she has been involved with the Association for Music in International Schools (AMIS), attending their Music Educators Conference in Warsaw and Dubai, and chaperoning students at choral music festivals in Amsterdam and Jakarta. Originally from San Francisco Bay Area, Julia has interned and volunteered at the Piedmont Eastbay Children’s Choirs and their Golden Gate International Choral Festival, assisting with international touring and stage management.
Staying true to her choral roots, Julia co-founded an international chamber choir while living in Milan, Italy--Lombardic International Choir--filled with singers from around the globe. She has recorded music for Italian films, most recently “Siberian Education”, directed by Gabriele Salvatores (2013), which received a nomination for best original music. You can find recordings of her solo and choral singing on “Phi” from the album Back to Back, by Paolo Bonifacio and House of Voices by Volti, an esteemed professional choir dedicated to promoting New Music.
All recordings are available on iTunes.
Mrs. Fabrizio is looking forward to continuing her work with Willamette Girlchoir Sonnets, where girls can express themselves through their voices while learning the important technique of choral singing, done with a true love of music.
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Lindsay Rogers, Epic Director
Lindsay Rogers is the new director of Epic at Willamette Girl Choir.
Lindsay holds a Bachelors degree in Music Education from University of Oregon and a Masters degree from Oregon State University.
This year she will begin her fourth year of teaching choir at Straub Middle School. Recently, the Straub Concert Choir received second place at Best in the Northwest Choir festival.
Lindsay is excited to begin working with Epic!
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Ariana Recher, Accompanist
Ariana Recher will also be returning this year. She is our volunteer accompanist and rehearsal assistant. Mrs. Recher teaches music and choir at Wright Elementary School. She actively helps with music in her church and community. We are so glad to have return this year.