Our commitment to social justice

The Bainbridge Chorale stands in solidarity with our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color performers, audience members, and communities.  We recognize the systemic and institutionalized racism and oppression they experience, and we believe that Black lives matter.

Since its inception in 1971 the Bainbridge Chorale has reflected the predominantly white demographic of the Island.  We have performed music primarily from the traditional canon of Western Choral Music that has historically been the product of predominantly white European and American cultures and composers.

Collectively and individually, we accept the challenge of examining and addressing the issues of inequity as it pertains to our organization and community.  We will broaden our educational and artistic endeavors to reflect the rich, cultural and ethnically diverse, and ever-evolving world in which we live.

More broadly, we seek to:

  • Uphold principles and enhance practices of equity, diversity, and inclusion for people of all marginalized groups in our community in the areas of race and ethnicity; mobility and ability; socioeconomic, gender identity, and sexual orientation.
  • Engage our community with artistic programming that is diverse and socially relevant, and at times, offers broader themes that challenge the status quo.
  • Listen and learn, with the sincere intention to build meaningful partnerships with the broader community.


Brahms Ein deutsches Requiem

We regret that this concert has been cancelled in light of the covid-19 pandemic. Although this is disappointing news for all of us, the health and safety of our performers and audiences is our first concern. We plan to reschedule it next season if possible.

Melodious and sumptuous, Brahms’s  Ein deutsches Requiem, Op.45 (A German Requiem) is not a lament for the dead, but a message of comfort and hope for the living, unique in choral history. We are excited to present this masterwork in collaboration with the Bainbridge Symphony Orchestra and soloists Charles Robert Stephens and Janeanne Houston.

Mr. Stephens has been hailed by The New York Times as a baritone of smooth distinction. In his two decades in New York City, he has sung several roles with the New York City Opera and on numerous occasions at Carnegie Hall.
Based now in Seattle, Mr. Stephens has sung as soloist with the Seattle Symphony six times and is very active with orchestras throughout the Pacific Northwest, including the orchestras of Tacoma, Spokane, Bellingham, Walla Walla and Yakima.
He is on the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University and teaches privately in Seattle.

Soprano Janeanne Houston is a versatile performer, and one of the Northwest regions busiest artists. Her extensive repertoire
spans the Baroque era to the present. She has worked under the
batons of many fine conductors including Gerard Schwarz, James
DePreist, Sidney Harth, Dean Williamson, Richard Sparks, Christophe Chagnard, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya. Concert works that she has performed many times include Carmina Burana, Messiah, Requiems of Brahms, Verdi, and Mozart, and Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. The managing and founding member of Northwest Artists and the recording label Elmgrove Productions, she has been a member of the voice faculty at Pacific Lutheran University since 1989.

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!

The Bainbridge Chorale is currently registered with the Washington State Secretary of State under the charitable solicitation act as required by law. The registration number 36994. More information is available at 1-800-332-4483, or www.sos.wa.gov/charities

Donate to the Chorale through One Call for All here!


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 students in Grades 2 and 3,  Cantabile (auditioned) for students 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) .

Fall 2020 auditions will be held online in September.
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

Auditions for the 2020-2021 season

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

Due to the cancellation of our Fall 2020 concert session, auditions will be rescheduled until a later date, depending on when we can resume normal operations.

When auditions resume they will be held at:

Bethany Lutheran Church
7968 Finch Rd NE
Bainbridge Island 98110

For information about the audition process and membership in the Chorale, go to the Audition page, e-mail info@bainbridgechorale.org, or call 206-780-2467.