The Oregon Chorale on Tour in Scandinavia

In June of 1998, the Washington County (Oregon) Chorale spent 19 days touring Denmark, Sweden, and Norway. Thanks to the tireless efforts of Gunnar Serrander of Scan Travel Center in Sweden, we had an unforgettable tour and sang to enthusiastic, packed houses in spectacular sites.

Here are just a few photos from the trip. Sorry for the low resolution – this was the previous century!

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The Needhamian National Anthem

(I apologize for the MIDI format of the anthem, which you need to download to play.)

(all rise)

Land of the Townsend’s Mole Saint George did fell
Where our Co-Presidents happily dwell.
Needhamia! Your land may be fictional in parts
And yet, you have a vast domain within our hearts.

Where else on Earth can one find such a land
Where sunlight dapples ferns placed by God’s hand?
Needhamia! Your history may be cast in doubt
But look — your valleys, hills, and trees are all about.

Worldwide, Needhamians join us in song;
Distant inhabitants swelling the throng.
Needhamia! Your citizens we may fabricate
Yet, counting all the hearts of friends, your land is great.

Music and Lyrics by Brad Needham

The Oregon Chorale on Tour in Britain

In the summer of 1993, the Washington County Chorale toured England, Scotland, and Wales. We sang at (among other spots), Bath Abbey, Westminster Cathedral (not the well-known Abbey, the less-well-known Cathedral), and the Pittville Pump Room. Since England is swarming with American choirs on vacation, the most common response we heard from our audience members was “If we’d known you were this good, we would have brought our friends!”

The Washington County (Oregon) Chorale in Westminster Cathedral
The Washington County (Oregon) Chorale in Westminster Cathedral

The Oregon Chorale On Tour in Austria and Germany

In the summer of 1989 the Washington County Chorale toured Germany (our director’s birthplace) & Austria. The most amazing place we saw was the Berchtesgaden Salt Mines, a sort of cross between Disneyland and a working museum. It was quite an adventure to dress in miner’s overclothes and careen into the heart of the mountain on picnic-bench-cum-cable-car, dodging rock walls as the bench veered left and right. “Back to the salt mines”, indeed!

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