Sights, Sounds and Songs of the Season



Join us on December 10 and 11 as we celebrate the Sights, Sounds and Songs of the Season, including classics like Mendelssohn’s  There Shall a Star Come Out of Jacob, and John Leavitt’s stunning arrangement of O Holy Night. The gently nostalgic Sweeter Still, A Holiday Carol by contemporary composer Eric William Barnum, paints an evocative picture of Christmas as a time to celebrate the joys of the season with family.
You’ll also hear the premiere performances of several new compositions, including Michael Austin Miller’s Baruch Adonai, the Blessings of Chanukah, a setting of traditional Hebrew blessings for lighting the Menorah, which will feature the combined choruses of the Chorale and the Olympic Girls’ Choir. And, as always during our holiday concert, you’ll be invited to share in the fun by joining Chorale in singing favorite carols.
If you’d like to bring younger children to our holiday presentation, consider the Family Holiday Concert, a shorter version of the full concert, lasting one hour and suitable for the whole family.


Family Holiday Concert:
Saturday, December 10, 3:00 pm
Chorale Concert:
Saturday, December 10, 7:00 pm
Sunday, December 11, 3:00 pm


Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Drive NE
Bainbridge Island 98110


Family Holiday Concert:
General admission: $15
Seniors (age 62+), students, military and teachers: $10
Children 13 and under accompanied by an adult: Free
Chorale Concert:
General admission: $23
Seniors (age 62+): $20
Students, military and teachers: $15
Children 13 and under accompanied by an adult: Free

Tickets will be available in November online through Brown Paper Tickets, at Dana’s Showhouse in Winslow and at the door.



The 2016-2017 Season: 45 Years of Choral Music on Bainbridge

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

The upcoming season marks the 45th anniversary of the Bainbridge Chorale and we’re celebrating by bringing you two exciting concerts.

On December 10 and 11 we presents Sights, Songs and Sounds of the Season, a concert of 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 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]

The Olympic Girls’ Choir: sharing a passion for singing

Olympic Girls' Choir


In September 2016 the Olympic Girls’ Choir enters 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 will perform in the adult Chorale holiday concerts.
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 fall 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 2016-17 season will be held on Tuesday afternoon, September 6, in Classroom 1 at Rolling Bay Hall. An additional session will be held on Tuesday, September 13, for those who missed the first session. Please call or email right away to schedule an audition on September 13.
Please email or call 206-780-2467 for more information or to schedule an appointment.


Auditions for the 2016-2017 season

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

Auditions for the 2016-2017 season will be held before the first rehearsal of the fall session on September 12, starting at 5:30 pm 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, or call 206-780-2467.


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.