2018 USA Games Opening Ceremony Choir


One of the entertainment elements of the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony on July 1 is a 2,018-member choir. The choral group is expected to be one of the largest vocal ensembles ever assembled in Washington State and we want you to be a part of it!

The performance will be held in front of 50,000+ spectators at University of Washington Husky Stadium and will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to be a part of the largest community choir in Seattle.

The 2,018-member vocal ensemble will be led by choral director Rafe Wadleigh. Known for his musical versatility and strong command of both academic and popular music styles, Wadleigh is the director of choral music for the Middle and Upper Schools at Charles Wright Academy in Tacoma. He also serves as chair of the school’s performing arts department. Wadleigh has more than 15 years of experience directing choral ensembles, building music programs and performing.

 Rafe Wadleigh

Rafe Wadleigh

 

How to Participate

To register for the 2,018 person choir at Opening Ceremony on July 1, 2018 at University of Washington Husky Stadium click the button below. Create an account and select Special Olympics USA Games Opening Ceremony Choir – Seattle (and follow prompts).

Members are encouraged to attend at least one rehearsal. There will be a $10 fee to cover the cost of choir apparel and music. 


Remaining Rehearsals

REHEARSAL
When: Friday June 29th 6pm-8pm
Where: Alaska Airlines Arena at Hec Edmundson Pavilion (3870 Montlake Blvd, Seattle, WA 98195)
Bring: Sheet music & a water bottle

WALK THROUGH WITH ALLEN STONE 
When: Saturday June 30th 8:30am-10am
Where: Husky Stadium (3800 Montlake Blvd, Seattle, WA 98195) - enter through SOUTHEAST ENTRANCE.
Bring: Sheet music & a water bottle

FINAL WALK THROUGH
When: Saturday June 30th 2:30pm-5pm
Where: Husky Stadium (3800 Montlake Blvd, Seattle, WA 98195) - enter through SOUTHEAST ENTRANCE.
Bring: Sheet music & a water bottle

PERFORMANCE AT OPENING CEREMONY
When: Sunday July 1 11:30am-3pm
Where: Husky Stadium (3800 Montlake Blvd, Seattle, WA 98195) - enter through SOUTHEAST ENTRANCE.
Bring: Choir attire (this will be distributed at choir rehearsals), water bottle and a lunch
Please pack a lunch! We will have some water and light snacks available before the performance, but not a full meal.