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“Evil can’t win unless you let it…but sometimes I forget that I am strong beyond all measure…ain’t no trouble comin’ over me.” – A Jubilant Day by Judy Rose
The video performance of a choral composition by Upper School Music Teacher Judy Rose is reaching listeners and viewers virtually, and creating connections between artists and audiences across the world. Judy’s spiritual, A Jubilant Day, was performed by the Pacific University Chamber Singers with conductor Dr. Scott Tuomi, with dozens of vocalists singing together from remote locations.
Appreciation for A Jubilant Day grew quickly after the video performance was highlighted and shared on the AllClassical Portland website, and featured on the website of Judy's music publisher, Santa Barbara Music Publishing. Over 1,100 viewers watched the video in the first week it was available online.
Judy worked directly with conductor Dr. Scott Tuomi and the choir to produce the video performance of A Jubilant Day, which is a spiritual in the tradition of the Baptist Church. She coached the singers that the best way to approach it is to “sing it the best way you can, with all of your heart.”
Judy grew up listening to and singing Black spirituals and gospel music at a Baptist Church in West Virginia, and continues these musical traditions with her original compositions. She is also active as a music director, accompanist, and singer in the Portland/Vancouver Metro area. A graduate of Portland State University (B.S. and M.Ed in Music Education) she taught in Portland Public Schools for two decades, and joined the faculty of Catlin Gabel at the start of the 2020-01 school year.