The 2019-2020 season marks our tenth year under the baton of Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller. To celebrate his tenure, Maestro Miller has gathered a collection of audience and singer favorites from previous holiday seasons along with one or two new pieces that are sure to become favorites in the years ahead.
Highlights of the program are two interpretations of the tender text from the Matins of Christmas, O magnum mysterium, describing the wonder that the animals should see the newborn Lord lying in their manger.
The earlier version, by 16th century composer Tomás Luis de Victoria and here arranged for women’s voices by Maestro Miller, is an example of late Renaissance sacred music. The later version of the same text is a setting by perhaps the most-performed contemporary composer of choral music, Pacific Northwest native Morten Lauridsen. A recipient of numerous awards and honors, Mr. Lauridsen has recently returned to spend his retirement where much of his composing was done, on an island in the San Juans.
The Chorale will also sing a selection of pieces by John Rutter, Eric Whitacre, Franz Biebl and others, ranging from gently meditative to cheerfully festive. And, in case you’d like to raise your own voice in song as well, there will be opportunities for the audience to join the Chorale is singing some familiar carols.
In addition to our full-length concerts, we present a one-hour long concert on Saturday afternoon, December 14, suitable for families, children, or anyone who prefers a shorter concert.
Join us to celebrate with songs of the season!
Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Dr NE
Bainbridge Island 98110
Dates and times:
Friday, December 13, 7 pm
Saturday, December 14, 3 pm, Family Holiday Concert
Saturday, December 14, 7 pm
Sunday, December 15, 3 pm
General admission: $25
Seniors (age 62+): $23
Students (over 18), Military & Teachers: $10
Children and Students 18 & under: FREE
Tickets will be available online through Brown Paper Tickets, from Chorale members, and at Dana’s Showhouse, 194 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island
In August 2019 the Olympic Girls’ Choir changed its name to the Bainbridge Youth Choir, in keeping with its expanded mission of accepting boys as well as girls into the program. Serving youth ages 5 through high school residing on Bainbridge Island and in the Kitsap area, the choir 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 students 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 Family Holiday Concert, and in various other venues on the Island.
The choir is comprised of four ensembles, Encora (non-auditioned, Meet-the-Director appointment required), for girls in Grades 2 and 3, Cantabile (auditioned) for girls in Grades 4 – 6, and the Chamber Choir (auditioned) for ages 12 and up, plus the newly-formed Prep Choir serving boys and girls in Grades K-1 (non-auditioned, Meet-the-Director appointment required) .
Auditions and Meet-the-Director appointments for the Spring 2020 session will be held after school at Montessori Country School on Wednesday, January 8.
Please email Bainbridgeyouthchoir@gmail.com for more information about scheduling an audition.
For more information about the Youth Choir, visit their website: Bainbridge Youth Choir
We will be auditioning for the Fall 2019 session on Monday evening, September 9, between 5 pm and 6:15 pm, immediately before the first rehearsal of the Fall 2019 session.
Auditions before rehearsal are held at:
Woodward Middle School
9125 Sportsman Club Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110
For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, go to the Audition page, e-mail email@example.com, or call 206-780-2467.