Bright Moments & The Camas High School Choir

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about

For the 2017-18 school year, internationally renowned musician and composer Kelly Pratt (Beirut, Father John Misty, Arcade Fire, David Byrne & St. Vincent) wrote an original album-length song cycle for the acclaimed Camas High School Choir, known for their innovative collaborations with composers and bands from outside the choral world. This work brought the choir and student horn players, under the baton of Choir Director Ethan Chessin, into collaboration with Pratt's indie rock ensemble, Bright Moments.

The album, recorded live in concert at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, explores the concept of progress and pushes the boundaries of choral music by infusing it with elements of afrobeat, doowop, rock, out jazz, and even metal, while never losing a sense of aesthetic cohesion.

As one member of the choir put it, "It's the youth of the world teaching you a lesson that will stick with you forever."

Commissioned & Produced by Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Made possible with support from The Camas Educational Foundation, CDBaby, Give A Note Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation

Composer's Statement:
At its core, this work wrestles with the very notion of “progress” as it relates to humanity. While there have been countless social and technological advances that have led to undeniable improvements in our quality and length of life (at least for some), we remain stubbornly shortsighted in certain areas. We have more resources and capabilities at our fingertips than at any other time in history, yet the threat of sweeping global catastrophe (as a result of climate change, nuclear war, economic collapse, etc.) has never been greater. But it is my belief that, compelled by an insistent sense of vision and enterprise, we can make change. Groups of people, both large and small, can tackle problems. It is a unique challenge and pleasure to have the task of writing an album-length piece of music for an incredibly gifted group of 200+ singers. As a result of the sheer number of people involved, I felt I had no other option than to be quite ambitious both thematically and stylistically. You will note large variations in genre from song to song, something that I have been interested in for much of my professional career.

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released November 27, 2018

Voices - Camas High School Choir 2017-18
Camas High School Choir Director - Ethan Chessin
Composer - Kelly Pratt

Dana Buoy - Drums
Lorna Dune - Keyboards
Justin Miller - Guitar, Bass
Kelly Pratt - Lead Vocals, Trumpet, Keyboard, Bass

Camas High School Brass Players:
Cole Childers - Tuba
Georg Jarrell - French Horn
Christopher Kling - Trumpet
James Kling - Trumpet
Athena Tsai - Trumpet

All songs by Kelly Pratt (aka Bright Moments)

Recorded live by Jason Powers on April 13, 2018 at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art (PICA)

Mixed by Dana Buoy

Commissioned & Produced by Young Audiences of Oregon & SW Washington

Made possible with support from The Camas Educational Foundation, CDBaby, Give A Note Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, Oregon Community Foundation


The Camas High School Choir 2017-18:

Aanya Friedeman
Abby Camisa
Abby Forsyth
Ajah Jensen
Alex Hostetler
Alex Logan
Alex Rediske
Alexa Malone
Alexandra Stott
Alexis Howard
Allison Morris
Ally Kane
Alycen Templer
Angelica Schwirtz
Annah Bryson
Anthony Choi
Armita Azizi
Ashleigh Cox
Ashley Gillespie
Ashlynn Burgener
Athena DeWitt
Aubrey Schnell
Autumn Sterle
Avery Bradshaw
Avery Mohn
Becca Rice
Bella Rafn
Brian Lee
Brice Miller
Brienna Watson
Bryson Colson
Camaren Fritz
Cameron Kolkemo
Camille Madrigal
Camryn Cox
Carter Erickson
Cassidy Kendall
Cassidy Watson
Cat Lomprey
Catherine Garcia
Catherine Gately
Caylee Blevins
Chase Fossen
Chloe Higgins
Clayton Lukens
Cody Hutton
Cody Williams
Cole Childers
Colson Paris
Connor Monroe
Dallin Hokanson
Daria Oviatt
Deanne Armstrong
Declan McBee
Dylan Bohannon
Eddie Rog
Elizabeth Gillespie
Ella Nelson
Ella Norton
Elsie Ferber
Emily Gardiner
Emma Carag
Finn Dewars
Forrest Myers-Power
Garrett Perkins
Gavin Johnson
Genesis Martinez
Genevieve Crowston
Georg Jarrell
Grace Curley
Grace Ireland
Grace Lanson
Grace Orfield
Grant Bane
Hailee Plumb
Hannah Upkes
Harrison Cole
Ian Cox
Ian McKenzie
Ilaria Cunningham
Isaac Dizon
Isabella Kasten
Isabella Ross
Jackson Clark
Jackson Lufkin
Jackson Murphy
Jackson Wright
Jacob Gray
Jacob Leetham
Jacqueline Muri
Jadin Zeppetella
Jaeden Davis
Janelle Heath
Janessa Wilson
Jaryn Lasentia
Jett Buffett
Jacques Badolato-Birdsell
Joe Zabriskie
John Elder
Joseph Searight
Josh Rule
Joshua Houston
Julia Watson
Kacie Lee
Kaitlin Beel
Karl Loop
Katherine Blair
Kathryn Wynn
Kaylee Toth
Kaytlin Pfleider
Krysta Pfleider
Landen Hashimura
Laura Johnson
Laura Teames
Leila Farbod
Lillian Taylor
Lindsey Burgener
Logan Sexton
Lucian Ray
Lydia Ross-Macleod
Lyman Floyd
Mackenzie Moore
Macy Huckvale
Macy Timczyk
Maddie Sheppard
Madeline Bertalot
Madeline Lampe
Madison Koppes
Maia Aton
Maia McRae-Willis
MaKena Andersen
Makena Anselmo
Mallory Kellner
Marcus Wood
Mariah Willbanks
Mary Colligan
Mary Hoskisson
Mary Reed
Maryam Ali
Mary-Elizabeth Wurzer
Matthew Cannon
Matthew Hansen
Matthew Timczyk
McKenna Dunn
Meagan Chitta
Megan Shellman
Michaela Nel
Mikayla Alley
Miranda Hansen
Miya Ohms
Mona Uemura
Natalye Heaston
Nick Kluka
Noah Gibson
Olivia Floyd
Omar Shafiuzzaman
Paige Edwards
Patrick Catacutan
Payton Capps
Quinn Barrett
Rachel Edwards
Rachel Tudor
Romario Lopez
Runzhi Zhou
Samara Davis
Sami Holm
Seth Saemann
Skylar Derthick
Skyler Prince-Yagi
Solvej Lourens
Sophia Bernat
Sophia Greenwood
Sophia Hansen
Sydney Thompson
Sydni Ruse Oliver
Tai Tumanuvao
Tanner O'Brien
Tanner Schmoldt
Tara Larsen
Taylar Bellamy
Taylor Robertson
Toran Ashworth
Torynn Sheesley
Ty Gouveia
Tyler Vaughan
Vanessa Theumer
Victoria Clapshaw
Vivienne Funches
Wyatt Johnson
Zach Macia
Zachary Andersen
Zack Shafer
Zaynah Usmani

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The Camas High School Choir is an award-winning choir based in SW Washington known for their high level of artistry, passion for music, and innovative collaborations with composers, musicians and artists working outside the world of traditional choral work. ... more

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