The Kitsap Great Give

Kitsap Great Give 2018



Join Us for the Kitsap Great Give, a 24-hour day of online giving on Tuesday, April 24,

hosted by the Kitsap Community Foundation and benefiting the work of dozens of Kitsap County nonprofits.


Your gifts to the Bainbridge Chorale made through the Kitsap Great Give are multiplied by matching funds from the donor pool, providing additional funding to support our mission of sharing the transcendent power of live choral music.


In addition to choral concerts, here’s what your gift to the Chorale makes possible:

  • Collaborations with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and Bainbridge Youth Orchestra
  • Our affiliated youth program, the Olympic Girls’ Choir
  • Community outreach events like the annual Messiah Sing-along
  • Free youth admission to all our events and funds
  • Tuition assistance for Girls’ Choir members


This year you can also donate at your convenience, starting right now – no need to wait for April 24.

 Click Here to Donate Now!



Let Us All Make Music


The Olympic Girls’ Choir and the Bainbridge Island Youth Orchestra join forces for the first time in presenting this performance, which will feature a work written especially for them by Artistic Director of the Bainbridge Chorale, Michael Miller.
The concert will be co-directed by Tigran Arakelyan, Director of the youth orchestra, and Laura Milleson, Director of the girls choir, who are both looking forward to this opportunity for their ensembles to perform together.

About this event,Tigran says:

“I am very excited for the collaboration with the Olympic Girls’ Choir. I am a big proponent of collaborations between arts organizations and truly believe that the future of arts in the 21st century is in our unified collaborative projects.
This collaboration is special because there aren’t too many piece written for string orchestra and choir, especially for our youth. This is a joint commission composed by accomplished musician Michael Miller who wrote this piece with our groups in mind. Lastly and most importantly, this creates an opportunity for our youth to learn and grow through this experience.”

Laura adds:

“I believe that excellence in music comes by helping others find joy in the entire process. In Let Us All Make Music, the choir proclaims “For we know the power of music. We can change the world one note at a time – whether played on our instruments or sung in clever rhyme.” We believe that this experience of making music together will create an opportunity for our youth to learn and grow. We look forward to sharing the results of their collaboration with the community.”

Sunday, May 6, 4 pm
Grace Episcopal Church
8595 NE Day Road
Bainbridge Island


Darkness to Light


Journey with the Chorale from Darkness to Light on April 21 & 22, a program reflecting the eternal cycle of life, death, and rebirth as winter ends, followed by spring’s renewal of light and life. We are excited to announce that the featured work will be the West coast premiere of Jazz Mass, composed by James Kevin Gray and Rick Bean. Here’s what Gray has to say about the work:

“Jazz Mass  is a collaborative project Rick Bean and I composed beginning in 2015 for the sole purpose of bringing classical choral and working jazz musicians together. Often when a choral group sings jazz, it’s performed with the group’s regular accompanist and a soloist from within the group. This work asks choirs to invite community jazz artists into a partnership of equals.”

For this performance the Chorale will collaborate with iconic Seattle jazz vocalist, Greta Matassa, one of the most talented singers working in jazz today.  Voted “Northwest Vocalist of the Year” by Earshot Jazz seven times in 15 years, she was honored with a lifetime achievement award and inducted into the Earshot Jazz Hall of Fame in 2014. Rick Bean, the co-composer and jazz pianist  will share his extraordinary talent with us for these performances as well.

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

Saturday, April 21, 7 pm
Sunday, April 22, 3 pm

General admission, $23
Senior (62+), $20
Students, military & teachers, $15
Children 13 and under, free

Tickets available at Dana’s Showhouse, 194 Winslow Way E, Bainbridge Island, cash or check only. Or purchase online through Brown Paper tickets by clicking on the link below:

Buy tickets here

The Olympic Girls’ Choir: sharing a passion for singing

Olympic Girls' Choir

In September 2017 the Olympic Girls’ Choir entered its fourth year under the baton of Artistic Director Laura Milleson. Serving girls ages 7 to 14 residing on Bainbridge Island and in the Kitsap area, the girls’ 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 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.

The choir is comprised of two ensembles, Encora (non-auditioned, Meet-the-Director appointment required), for girls in Grades 2 – 4, and Cantabile (auditioned) for girls in Grades 5 – 8.

Auditions and Meet-the-Director appointments for the Spring 2018 are now closed. Please check the website in August for information about auditioning for the 2018-2019 season.
Please email or call 206-780-2467 for more information.

Auditions for the 2017-2018 season

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

 Auditions for the Spring 2018 session are now closed. For the Fall 2018 session, auditions will be held in September, date TBA, 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 DuBois Family Fund and the Bainbridge Community Foundation. Other sponsors who support our productions, operations and outreach activities are:

Rotary of Bainbridge Island, Town & Country Market, One Call for All, the Kitsap Great Give and The Resort at Port Ludlow

Rotary Club of Bainbridge IslandTown & Country Market

Bainbridge Community FoundationCity of Bainbridge Island

One Call for AllKitsap Great Give 2018

The Resort at Port Ludlow