Estyn LaVerne Goss
Estyn Goss, an accomplished tenor and choral director, has taught in several Seventh-day Adventist academies and at one of its universities. He is a sought-after singer who was a member of and soloist with a nationally known professional choir and has conducted a number of independent choral groups that have toured extensively.
Goss was born in College Place, Washington. He attended Portland Union Academy, then, after graduating in 1954 as senior class president, enrolled at Walla Walla College, now University. While attending the college he was active as both a singer and conductor.
He graduated from WWC with a B.A. in theology in 1959 and then started his career teaching music at Gem State Academy in Idaho, where he taught for the next seven years. During this time he completed an M.A. in vocal performance at the University of Northern Colorado.
He then moved to Southern California, where he taught at Newbury Park Academy for two years and then at Loma Linda Academy and Loma Linda University. He pursued advanced study in vocal performance at the University of Southern California with Madeline Kodovski and was a member in and tenor soloist with the nationally known Roger Wagner Chorale. He also sang in the Los Angeles Master and the William Hall chorales and was a sought-after soloist in the LA area.
He returned to the Northwest and in 1986 founded Consort Columbia, a highly selective semi-professional choral group based in the Pasco-Richland-Kennewick area in Washington state. In addition to its concerts, the ensemble presented Broadway show productions and operas, and sang with the Mid-Columbia Symphony. During his ten years of leadership, the choral group developed a reputation for outstanding work. It was a featured ensemble in Walla Walla College's Centennial Recital Series in 1992.
Goss is active in the Seattle, Washington, area where he conducts the Men of Kirkland and the Puget Sound Christian Youth Chorale, a group initially known as Impact. The PSCYC is a select group of young singers drawn from Puget Sound Adventist Academy, Auburn Adventist Academy, and area home-schooled students.
Both of these groups, along with another choral group from PSAA, joined under the direction of Goss to present two highly acclaimed performances of Amahl and the Night Visitors in December 2004. The following summer, PSCYC spent sixteen days touring in Europe, performing in several European cathedrals. Goss has continued to present outstanding performances with this group as well as schedule rewarding trips and experiences for its members.
Since his return to the Northwest, Goss has been a frequent soloist. He has sung with the Washington-Idaho, Mid-Columbia, and Oregon East symphonies and has been a soloist with the Bach Festival in Eugene, Oregon.
Sources: Walla Walla College Centennial Concert Series program notes, 14 April 1992; North Pacific Union Gleaner, 19 April 1954, 3; 5 October 1959, 5; Pacific Union Recorder, 23 September 1968, 5; Other online sources.