Office ofAlumni and Constituent Relations

Choir of the West

Skones Choir of the West
Celebration Reunion

Registration - Housing - Meals - Concert Dress - Event Schedule - Music - Concert Tickets - Volunteers

The PLU Office of Alumni and Constituent Relations and the PLU Music Department in partnership with, Randy Spitzer, Ben Keller, and Paul Skones, are pleased to announce the Skones Choir of the West Celebration Reunion scheduled for July 19-22, 2012 at Lagerquist Hall, in the Mary Baker Russell Music Center, on the PLU campus. Our host will be Dr. Richard Nance, Director of Choral Activities at PLU, and our guest conductor for the event is Dr. René Clausen, artistic director of the Concordia Choir – where Maurice and Patricia met and sang.

We extend an invitation to all Choir of the West alumni who sang under Dr. Skones at PLU between 1964 and 1983. Since we know there are many who, although they did not sing at PLU during those years, would like to participate in the reunion, we are happy to include any singers who consider themselves part of the Skones and/or Choir of the West choral legacy.

Click here to register now!
Registration ends June 15, 2012.

There is a $100 registration fee per person which includes: music, conference expenses, and guest conductor’s fees. The registration fee does not include housing, meals other than the food/beverages provided by the Alumni Office during our breaks, or Alumni Concert tickets for members of your family and friends. You may register for on-campus housing and/or meals and tickets for others separately.


On-campus housing is available at very competitive rates either in a traditional hall or in the apartment complex on lower campus called South Hall.

Traditional Halls   
Double Occupancy - $27/night/per person
Single Occupancy - $44/night/per person

Apartment Housing
Multiple Occupancy - $44/night/per person
Single Occupancy - $52/night/per person

If you prefer off campus housing there are a number of hotels close to PLU. Click here to view some available options.


Friday/Saturday Lunch         $11.00 (each)
Friday Barbeque Dinner       $15.00

Concert Dress

Concert dress will be business casual for the event. As an example, appropriate dress for men may include a summer collared shirt and summer slacks while appropriate dress for women may be a summer dress, skirt and blouse, or pants and blouse. We request no jeans please. Also, all those participating in the concert will need black concert folders.

Event Schedule

Thursday - Friday - Saturday - Sunday

Thursday, July 19th

Registration & Social Time
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Trinity Lutheran Church

7:00pm – 9:30pm, Trinity Lutheran Church

Friday, July 20th

8:00am – 9:00am, Lagerquist Hall

9:00am – 12:00pm, Lagerquist Hall

12:00pm – 2:00pm, University Center

2:00pm – 5:00pm, Lagerquist Hall

Barbeque and Open-Mic Night
5:00pm – 7:00pm, Lagerquist Hall

Saturday, July 21st

8:00am – 9:00am, Lagerquist Hall

9:00am – 12:00pm, Lagerquist Hall

12:00pm – 2:00pm, University Center

2:00pm – 5:00pm, Lagerquist Hall

Sunday, July 22nd

Morning Worship
11:00am, Lagerquist Hall

Pre-Concert Call  
1:30pm, Lagerquist Hall

Alumni Concert
3:00pm, Lagerquist Hall


Music selections include but are not limited to the following:

  • A Mighty Fortress, Olds
  • Lord, Thou hast been our Refuge, R. Vaughn Williams
  • Sing we Merrily unto God, Shaw
  • Cum Sancto Spiritu, Rossini
  • Psalm 2, Mendelssohn
  • O Vos Omnes, Clausen
  • Trois Chansons, Debussy
  • Spring, Grieg
  • O Day Full of Grace, Christiansen
  • Battle Hymn of the Republic, Bennett
  • I Got a Key, Shaw
  • Beautiful Savior, Christiansen

Concert Tickets

One of the goals of this memorial reunion is to help fund The Maurice and Patricia Skones Music Scholarship Fund at PLU. Lagerquist Hall can accommodate only 500 people, so be sure to reserve tickets for friends and family in advance. Tickets are free, but the suggested donation is $15 per ticket. To order concert tickets click here.

Volunteers Needed!

Battle Hymn orchestra: If you’re available to play, please email Paul Skones or call 503-750-1621.

Event Helpers: We also need a few volunteers who are willing to help with registration, set up, clean up, snacks and drinks and other duties. If you’d like to volunteer, email Randy Spitzer or call 360-981-6855.
We look forward to an exciting and rewarding reunion experience. We hope you’ll join us!