Beginning in December we present our three-concert season of varied works that showcase the transcendent power of the human voice to inspire, inform and entertain. Start the holiday season with us as we sing traditional music of the season as well as some unexpected repertoire, and sing along with us as well. In March we return to the classic choral repertoire with Haydn’s magnificent and powerful oratorio The Creation, celebrating the creation of the world as described in the biblical Book of Genesis and in Milton’s epic poem Paradise Lost. With our third concert in June, we travel back through the five-year tenure of Director Miller, presenting The Best of the Bainbridge Chorale, a selection of audience and singer favorites that will be professionally recorded for our first CD available for sale to the public.
Our holiday concert, Hodie! This Joyful Day, brings you an eclectic selection of works to get you in the holiday mood, starting with our featured piece, Hodie! by the well-known choral composer, Z. Randall Stroope, accompanied by organ, percussion and brass ensemble. The title of the piece refers to the Latin text, Hodie Christus natus est, a medieval paraphrase of the Biblical text describing the day of Christ’s birth. The music is by turns brilliantly exultant and quietly reverent, beginning with a brass fanfare and returning in the last movement to the combined forces of the instrumental and vocal ensembles singing a mighty Alleluia. We are delighted to be joined in the third movement of this piece by the 18-voice Olympic Girls’ Choir in their first performance with the Chorale.
Other shorter works encompass a variety of moods, from an exquisitely simple and meditative arrangement of the beloved classic Away in a Manger by acclaimed 21st century Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo, to a rollicking medley of mid-20th century popular holiday favorites, guaranteed to have you humming along with us.
Saturday, December 13, 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 14, 3:00 p.m.
Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
11042 Sunrise Dr NE
According to research reviewed by Chorus America, the national advocacy organization for choral music, “Participating in a chorus can have a transformative effect on a child’s academic achievement and overall well-being.” The Chorale is committed to encouraging a life-long love of singing by offering youth programs that provide choral education and performance opportunities, including the Young Singers Program, serving children in grades 1-3 and 4-8. Directed by Jeremy Rothbaum, longtime music specialist at Blakely Elementary School, the Young Singers Program provides classes in basic choral singing skills, as well as beginning music theory and vocal technique in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Both class levels perform in recitals, and the senior group of the Young Singers participates in the Family Holiday concert along with the adult Chorale as well.
In September 2014, the Chorale expanded its youth education program with the inauguration of the Olympic Girls’ Choir, under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages ten to thirteen residing on Bainbridge Island and in the Kitsap area, OGC provides a transformative experience through high-quality, diverse choral music education which emphasizes teamwork, encourages self-discipline, and fosters a deep commitment to artistic excellence. Along with music theory, sight reading, vocal technique and ensemble singing, the girls learn to be musicians in the context of a choir community. Repertoire is varied, ranging from traditional choral literature to current favorites, with each session culminating in a concert. As well, singers will perform in the adult Chorale holiday concert. Membership in OGC is by audition.
Auditions for Spring 2015 class session will be held by appointment during the week of December 29. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information.
For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to schedule an audition appointment, go to the Join Us page, e-mail email@example.com, or call 206-780-2467.
Auditions will be held scheduled starting at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8, just before the first rehearsal of the fall sesson, at:
Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Road NE
Many thanks to our sponsors who support our productions, operations and outreach activities:
Rotary of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Community Foundation, Fletcher Bay Foundation, One Call for All, Sohn Real Estate Group and Sound Family Health
We are happy to announce that we are partnering with the Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Recreation district for our youth programs.