On the Road with the Choir and Orchestra

By Scott Craig   |   May 7, 2024
The Westmont Orchestra and Choir hit the road after Commencement (photo by Brad Elliott)

The Westmont Orchestra and the Westmont College Choir join forces in May for the college’s first combined tour. Traveling from Los Angeles to Northern California, about 120 students will perform scenes from “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn as well as other pieces. 

“It’s a big undertaking and will show the breadth of music at Westmont,” says Daniel Gee, assistant professor of music and director of choral activities. “It’s good for musicians as choir and orchestra members will get to know each other better — we’ll mix the two groups on the buses. They’ll develop new skill sets and sharpen each other musically. It’s also a great opportunity for the choir to work with Ruth Lin, who directs the orchestra, and for the orchestra to work with me. They’ll learn from people with different styles of leadership.” 

Students will present concerts at various churches and develop community with these congregations. The Westmont musicians will also visit several Christian schools, interact with the students there and perform. Stops include Solvang, Stockton, the Bay Area and Grenada Hills. See a full itinerary at westmont/music.edu. All concerts are free of charge.

“I’m grateful that we include touring as an integral part of our program,” Gee says. “Students make wonderful memories and enjoy the opportunity to perform and to reach out to various communities.”


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