A big thank you to everyone who donated to the Bainbridge Chorale during the Kitsap Great Give day of giving! Thanks to your generosity, we tripled the amount the we received last year, as well as doubling the number of donors.
These generous gifts will help ensure that we can continue to maintain the same high artistic level of our choral programs, and will also allow us to accept singers into both our adult and youth choirs without regard to ability to pay.
We couldn’t do it without you!
The Chorale’s 43rd concert season finished on June 7 with a retrospective of our favorite pieces spanning the five years of Director Miller’s tenure with us. Beloved of singers and audiences alike, these pieces showcased a wide range of choral styles and moods, from the meditative a capella classic Salvation is Created, composed by Pavel Tchesnokov as a communion hymn in the early 20th century, to the rousing Moses Hogan spiritual The Battle of Jericho, with stops in between to visit the best of the contemporary canon by Eric Whitacre, Morten Lauridsen and many others. Featured as well were a presentation of the Chorale’s signature work, our commissioned piece Tides of Peace by noted composer John Muehleisen. We loved revisiting these pieces! Thank you for joining us for the Best of the Bainbridge Chorale.
Thank you to our retail outlets, Winslow Drugs, Liberty Bay Book Store and the Kingston Chamber of Commerce for selling our tickets!
Beginning in December 2014 we presented a three-concert season of varied works that showcased the transcendent power of the human voice to inspire, inform and entertain. The holiday season included traditional music of the season as well as some unexpected repertoire, and the audiences was invited to sing along with us as well. In March 2015 we returned 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 traveled back through the five-year tenure of Director Miller, presenting The Best of the Bainbridge Chorale, a selection of audience and singer favorites.
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. 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 the Fall 2016 class session will be held by appointment in early September, dates and times TBA
All auditions will be in Classroom 1 at Rolling Bay Hall. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to schedule an audition appointment, go to the Join page, e-mail email@example.com, or call 206-780-2467.
Auditions for the 2015-16 season, (first rehearsal September 14, 2015), will be held on Monday, July 27 before the second Summer Sing session, starting at 5:30 p.m. at:
Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day Rd
Bainbridge Island 98110
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.