Thanks to everyone who attended Sacred & Profane: Carmina Burana and to all those whose energy and dedication over the course of two years made this collaborative venture possible:
Music Directors Michael Miller, Wes Schulz and Laura Milleson, the singers of the Chorale and the Olympic Girls’ Choir, the musicians of the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra, soloists Jessica Milanese and Paul Karaitis, the Bainbridge Performing Arts staff, front-of-house volunteers, Bainbridge High School custodial staff and many others who provided behind the scenes support.
The upcoming season marks the 45th anniversary of the Bainbridge Chorale and we’re celebrating by bringing you two exciting concerts.
December brought our holiday concert, Sights, Songs and Sounds of the Season, showcasing new takes on familiar 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 included the tender Sweeter Still by acclaimed contemporary composer Eric Barnum and Nicholas Myers’ exquisite The Winter’s Night performed by the Chamber Ensemble. We shared the stage with the Olympic Girls’ Choir as they brought us some holiday magic of their own.
On April 22 and 23 we are excited to join the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a presentation of Carl Orff’s enduringly popular Carmina Burana. 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]
In September 2016 the Olympic Girls’ Choir entered its third year under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages eight to fifteen 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 perform in the adult Chorale holiday concerts. This year, the Cantabile ensemble will join the adult Chorale and the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra in a collaborative performance of Sacred & Profane: Carmina Burana in April 2017.
The girls’ choir is comprised of two ensembles, Encora (non-auditioned, Meet-the-Director appointment required), for girls aged eight and up, and Cantabile (auditioned) for girls 10 and up.
This season we are delighted to welcome Patrick Dalrymple as accompanist for the ensembles. Patrick is also a new member of the Bainbridge Chorale and teaches choir classes at Woodward Middle School and Bainbridge High School.
Auditions and Meet-the-Director appointments for the 2017-2018 season will be held on in September 2017 in Classroom 1 at Rolling Bay Hall.
Please check this page in August 2017 for exact dates and times.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Auditions for the Spring 2017 are now closed. Auditions for the 2017-18 season will be held in August and early September, exact dates and times TBA at
Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110
For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, or to apply for an audition, appointment, go to the Audition page, e-mail email@example.com, or call 206-780-2467.