Bainbridge Sings!

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Sing along with Bainbridge Chorale members during our fifth annual summer sings series!
Join us on Monday evenings, 7 – 9 pm, July 25, August 1 and August 8 as we read through great works of  choral literature under the direction of Chorale Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller in a low-key, no pressure atmosphere. None of the rehearsals, all the fun!

Bring your own score if you have one. We will have a limited number available to borrow.

Admission $10, cash or check only at the door. Children 13 and under free accompanied by an adult.
Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day Rd
Bainbridge Island

 

July 25
Requiem and Gloria  by John Rutter

August 1
Selections from Carmina Burana by Carl Orff

August 8
Sneak peek at the Chorale’s December 2016 holiday repertoire

 

 

The 2016-2017 Season: Celebrating the Natural World

Bainbridge Chorale 43rd concert season
Photo by David S. Cohen Photography

On December 10 and 11 we bring you a holiday concert of both familiar and beloved songs of the season, as well as premiere performances of several new works, including Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence, a setting of an ancient Eucharistic chant dating back to at least 275 AD. The text, set to a French medieval folk melody, asks us to silently contemplate the miracle of the descent of Christ to earth to vanquish evil. Other repertoire includes the tender Sweeter Still by acclaimed contemporary composer Eric Barnum and Nicholas Myers’ exquisite The Winter’s Night.  We will share the stage with the Olympic Girls’ Choir as they bring us some holiday magic of their own.

In April we are excited to join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Carl Orff’s enduringly popular Carmina Burana. The the opening section, O Fortuna, is immediately recognizable, its loud, insistent choral singers and ominously percussive symphonic support having become the go-to background music in countless television commercials and movie trailers since first being introduced to mainstream media in the movie Excalibur in 1981. The text, based on poems from the 11th to 13th centuries found in the Benedictine monastery of Benediktbeuern, Bavaria “include the freshness of medieval love lyrics, exuberance of the drinking song, the zest of the sinner’s ‘confessions’, the wild humor of the hymns to gambling and gluttony, the stoic litany to Lady Luck (‘Fortuna Imperatrix Mundi’) which Orff chose to open and close his score.”[Classical Net]

Teaching kids to love singing – the Bainbridge Youth Chorale

the Young Singers

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 Bainbridge Youth Chorale, serving children in grades Pre-K to 1 and 2-4. The Bainbridge Youth Chorale provides classes in beginning choral singing skills, music theory and vocal technique in a fun, energetic atmosphere. Both class levels perform in recitals, and the senior group of the Youth Chorale participates in the Family Holiday concert along with the adult Chorale as well.

The Youth Chorale is under the direction of the talented and energetic Matthew Blegen, who in addition to his duties with the Youth Chorale, holds positions with the esteemed Seattle-based chorus Choral Arts and directs his own choir, the Red Thread Ensemble. He is currently finishing work for a doctoral degree in music at the University of Washington.

The Olympic Girls’ Choir: sharing a passion for singing

Olympic Girls' Choir

 

Following a successful inaugural season, the Olympic Girls’ Choir enters its second year under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages nine to fourteen 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 2015-2016 season are now closed. The Olympic Girls’ Choir will present a summer camp from July 18-22, 2016, which is open to all girls ages 9 to 14 without audition.

All auditions are held in Classroom 1 at  Rolling Bay Hall. Please email info@bainbridgechorale.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

 

2016-2017 Auditions

Rehearsing for the 2013 GSCC Seattle Sings event
Photo courtesy Juris Zommers

For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to schedule an audition appointment, go to the Join  page, e-mail info@bainbridgechorale.org, or call 206-780-2467.

 Auditions for the 2016-2017 season will be held just before the Bainbridge Sings events, Monday evenings at 7 pm, July 25, August 1 and August 8, at:

Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day Rd
Bainbridge Island 98110

as well as before the first rehearsal of the Fall 2016 season on September 12 at:

Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110

Thanks

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.