|P O Box 10572
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110
History - A Tradition of Community Singing
In the subsequent 40 years, the Island’s population has grown to over 23.000, and the Chorale has grown along with it. We are proud to be a part of this organization, which has brought to our community all forms of music – classical, jazz, spirituals, show tunes, folk songs – in an ever-growing repertoire that includes choral masterworks as well as the music of local composers. Many other groups have joined with us in concert over the years, including our Bainbridge school choirs, the Bainbridge Orchestra, the Northwest Symphony Orchestra, Choral Arts Northwest, and the Cascadian Chorale, as well as string quartets, brass chorales, organists, pianists, percussionists, banjo pickers, and guitarists.
The Chorale would like to salute the people and organizations that have helped us flourish.
There is the first Board of Trustees, composed of Norma Edens, Jody Ellsworth, Gloria Goller, Sally Nelson, Steve Olmstead, David Pence, Dennis South, Ric Thomas, Maxine Wright, and Virginia Wybel.
There are our hard-working accompanists, including Louise Bennett, Corrine Berg, Arni Blomquist, Chris Christensen, Jan Droge, Betsey Dunlap, Laura Milleson Dunston, Norma Edens, Bonnie Fjellde, Robin Hunt, Diane Johnston, Chris Kolbegger, Laura Kornelis, Erica Pence, Mary Pence, Bill Pelandini, Anne Pell, Chris Smellow, and Evie Stege.
Many great music directors have brought us where we are today through their dedication:
David Pence, Chorale & Orchestra,
Many local churches, most notably Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church, deserve our thanks for graciously hosting our rehearsals and concerts innumerable times over the years. In our collaborations with large orchestras, such as our performances of Carmina Burana and the Verdi Requiem, we’ve been fortunate to have access to larger venues, such as the Bainbridge High School Gym and even Benaroya Hall in Seattle.
We look forward to the day that there will be a performing hall on the Island designed to accommodate our space and acoustical requirements, as well as the needs of the many other music organizations in our community. Until then, we will continue to be grateful for the many facilities that have welcomed us:
Bainbridge High School Gym
The Bainbridge Chorale you enjoy today has been built by over one thousand singers and musicians who have not only performed but generously shared their management talents, time, organizational abilities, and creative visions to the Chorale and this community. It is this tradition of dedication and excellence that guides the Bainbridge Chorale as it continues to grow. By striving to create the best possible musical experience for our members and our audience, we know we are also honoring that small group who met in 1971 and decided to start a Chorale simply because they wanted to sing.