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CLU Choir

The California Lutheran University Choir

The California Lutheran University Choir is the premiere choral ensemble at CLU. The choir has earned an enviable reputation in its home state and throughout the Western United States for its commitment to performing the finest in choral literature from all eras in their original languages. While dedicated to performing works that represent the University's Lutheran heritage, the choir also embraces innovative new music as well as music expressing a multi-cultural perspective. Each fall the members of the choir are carefully selected by audition. While several are music majors, the ensemble reflects the diverse interests and disciplines of the California Lutheran University student body. In March 2004, the choir was honored to sing at the invitation of the California Music Educators Association (CMEA) at their annual convention held in Sacramento.

Dr. Wyant Morton

Dr. Wyant Morton is Professor of Music, Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Music Department at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks where he joined the faculty in 1992. In addition to his primary responsibility of overseeing the work of the CLU Choir, Morton conducts all of the choral ensembles in the Music Department, teaches conducting and supervises the voice faculty. In May of 2001, he was voted Professor of the Year — an honor that he covets.

Off campus, Morton maintains an active schedule as a guest conductor, clinician and adjudicator. He recently completed his tenure as Music Director and Conductor of the Ojai Camerata, a chamber vocal ensemble based in Ojai, CA. Additionally, Morton has been very active as a church musician serving congregations in Arizona, Indiana and California.

A native Californian, Morton completed his undergraduate degrees at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington and earned his Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts degrees from the University of Arizona in Tucson, where he studied with Maurice Skones. Additionally, Morton has studied in workshops with and performed under several other eminent conductors including Helmuth Rilling, Eric Ericson and the late Robert Shaw.

Morton holds memberships in several professional organizations including the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), the Southern California Vocal Association (SCVA), the Music Educators National Conference (MENC) and the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians (ALCM) for whom he served as President of the Western Region overseeing the work of the association in 13 states and 5 Canadian provinces.