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Elaine Schaefer Selected as COS Faculty of the Year 2005-06

picture of Elaine Schaefer

During the College of the Siskiyous Board of Trustees Meeting on May 2, Vice President of Instruction, Barry Russell, introduced Music Instructor, Elaine Schaefer, as the recipient of the Outstanding Faculty of the Year award. Vice President Russell said the selection of Ms. Schaefer's nomination was announced at the April Academic Senate Meeting and the award will be also be acknowledged during the College's Commencement Exercises on May 19.

Elaine Schaefer's selection as an Outstanding Faculty at College of the Siskiyous is well-deserved. She works very hard on-campus, and off-campus, to bring music into the lives of students and community members in Siskiyou County. She has a seemingly endless amount of energy. She is here early in the morning, late at night, and on the weekends to prepare her classroom and manage the various college performing groups,” commented Dr. Russell.
Elaine Schaefer joined the COS faculty in 1996. She holds a Master of Music, in Conducting from the University of Regina. She continues to instruct a wide variety of music classes, including Concert Choir, Ladies Chamber Choir, the Vocal Jazz Ensemble, Ear Training, Fundamentals of Music, Applied Music, Music Composition, Introduction to Music Major and Voice. She annually conducts students in a Christmas Concert and Spring Concert, Tri-Jazz Dinner and Concert, and “Pasta Pizzazz Dinner and Concert, works on the Spring Musical, and hosts a performance in honor of Women’s History Month. For many years she was the Mount Shasta Jazz and Show Choir Camp Director. She developed the Music Scholarship Program and continues to raise funds in support of this program. Elaine has motivated many students to reach their musical goals. In speaking about the award, Elaine said, “I feel very honored to have been chosen from among so many hard working and dedicated faculty members.”
All COS staff and the community were invited to nominate a faculty member for prestigious award. All COS full-time faculty were eligible for nomination. Nominations were made upon the following guidelines and were also used when making the final selection: 1) commitment to teaching and students, 2) commitment to the college mission, values and goals, 3) commitment to the institution, 4) commitment to his/her discipline, and 5) commitment to serving beyond the institution.

COS Jazz Band and Ladies' Chamber Choir
Invited to Perform for California Music Educators'
State Conference

After sending in CDs of their spring, 2007, concerts to the selection committee for the California Music Educators' State Conference, both Sean Abel, director of the COS Jazz Band, and Elaine Schaefer, director of the COS Ladies' Chamber Choir, were notified that their groups were selected to perform for the conference on March 14 in Sacramento. This is a huge honor, said Elaine Schaefer. The COS Jazz Band was one of only two jazz bands chosen to perform for the three day conference. The COS Ladies' Chamber Choir was one of only three choirs to perform.

COS Concert Choir to tour Ireland and
Scotland this July 24 - August 5, 2008

Presently accepting applications

The College of the Siskiyous Concert Choir is beginning to study music they will use for their upcoming spring concert this May. The music will also be used during their tour of Ireland and Scotland in the summer of 2008.

This will be the third European tour that the choir has taken under the direction of music instructor Elaine Schaefer.

In 1999, Schaefer led a tour through Italy, where the choir sang in some of the most beautiful cathedrals in the country., including the Sistine Chapel.

In 2003, she led a tour through Sweden, Finland, Estonia and St. Petersburg, Russia.

"When we toured Italy, the country was in the middle of a heat wave," said Schaefer. "For our 2003 tour, I planned to go further north, thinking that it would be cooler. But the summer of 2003 offered one of the worst heat waves ever to settle over Europe. Luckily, we only caught the beginning of the heat wave and left before the worst hit. I was determined, this time, to find a place to tour where the weather would be more amenable. My friend, Father Aiden O'Reilley, assured me that Ireland never gets above 70 degrees in the summer. That sounded like the place to visit next."

The choir is still looking for singers and non-singers who would like to take part in the tour, which extends from July 24 to August 5, 2008.

Anyone interested in learning more about the tour can call Elaine Schaefer at 530-938-5315 or email her at:


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