Math minds create musical festivities, give back to broader community

by: COURTESY PHOTO: WALTERS CULTURAL ARTS CENTER - Intel employees will show their creative side Sunday, May 2, at the Hillsboro Main Library and Tuesday, June 4, at the Walters Cultural Arts Center. Technology gurus will switch from computers and business to art and song with two upcoming performances in Hillsboro.

Founded in 2000, the Intel Singers choir is made up of about 40 Intel employees and their family members. Founder Liesl Andrico, business intelligence program manager for post-silicon validation, said there are actually a lot of closet musicians at Intel. “The employees are creative, innovative and motivated,” which makes for a good choir, she said.

They also mix their technology with their music, sometimes bringing musical-practice software to rehearsals, she said.

The choir practices once a week during the lunch hour, said Andrico, who put the word out about 13 years ago that she wanted to start a choir.

“It’s nice to have a break from work. It’s an awesome form of teamwork to sing in a choir,” Andrico said. “When people have space in their lives for things besides work and they have hobbies and balance, they bring creativity and new ideas.”

Employees from Hillsboro, Forest Grove and Cornelius all sing with the group, and members hail from all of Intel’s departments, from chip and hardware design to manufacturing to marketing and legal.

Barbara Thurber, an information technology enterprise architect, serves as the musical director and Paul Nelson is the pianist.

At the Walters Cultural Arts Center, the concert will include 12 pieces ranging from classical to 1970s period pieces to spiritual and Irish compilations. That show is part of the monthly First Tuesday reception at the center, where colorful textiles ranging from intense abstracts to sweeping panoramas are on display through June 25.

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