Holiday Favorites from the Bainbridge Chorale




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, the Family Holiday 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: $15
Children and Students 18 & under: FREE

Family Holiday Concert Tickets:
General admission: $15
Seniors (age 62+), Students (over 18), Military & Teachers: $10
Children and Students 18 & under: FREE


Tickets are available from Chorale members and at Dana’s Showhouse, 194 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island

Or click on the links below to purchase tickets online through Brown Paper Tickets:

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And please consider supporting the Chorale during the One Call for All giving campaign that support nonprofits serving Bainbridge Island. Ticket sales provide only about a quarter of the income necessary to present our concerts, host public events like the Messiah Sing-along, and support our youth program, the Bainbridge Youth Choir. Help us keep the music coming by clicking on the link below to make a donation!

Donate to the Chorale through One Call for All here!


Messiah Sing-Along



We’re celebrating ten years of hosting our annual Messiah Sing-along event this December,  conducted by Bainbridge Chorale Artistic Director Michael Austin Miller. The Messiah Festival orchestra will accompany as the audience and soloists sing a selection of favorite choruses and arias.

Soloists are: Soprano Susy Wingate, Alto Elizabeth Feeney, Tenor Kyle Sholinder and Bass Charles Robert Stephens



In case you want to brush up in advance, here are the choruses we will be singing:

And the glory of the Lord
And He shall purify
O Thou that tellest good tidings
For unto us a Child is born
Glory to God

His yoke is easy, His burden is light
Lift up your heads
The Lord gave the Word
Worthy is the Lamb/Amen

A limited number of scores will be available to borrow, but we encourage you to bring your own score if you have one.
Join us to sing or just to listen as we come together as a community to celebrate Handel’s iconic oratorio!

Date and time:
Saturday, December 28, 7pm

Rolling Bay Presbyterian Church
11042 Sunrise Dr NE
Bainbridge Island, WA 98110

Suggested $10 donation at the door, cash or checks only, please. Students and children are free.

Questions about the event? Email



The Bainbridge Youth Choir: sharing a passion for singing

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 for more information about scheduling an audition.

For more information about the Youth Choir, visit their website: Bainbridge Youth Choir

Auditions for the 2019-2020 season

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

Auditions for the Spring 2020 session will be on Monday evening, January 6, by appointment between 5 pm and 6:15 pm, immediately before the first rehearsal of the Spring 2020 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, or call 206-780-2467.


Bainbridge Chorale is supported in part by the BCF Discretionary Grant Fund, Plan B Fund, Gloria Collins Brownell Fund, and Dee Axelrod at the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Other sponsors who support our productions, operations and outreach activities are:

Rotary of Bainbridge Island, One Call for All, the Kitsap Great Give, The Resort at Port Ludlow, and the City of Bainbridge Island

Rotary Club of Bainbridge IslandBainbridge Community Foundation City of Bainbridge IslandKitsap Community Foundation

One Call for AllKitsap Great Give 2018Bainbridge Organic Distellers