The Federal Way Chorale

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Mission & Vision

The Federal Way Chorale

In the spring of 1993, a small group of Federal Way musicians gathered with the desire to form a community Chorale. These people loved to sing and saw a
need for a Chorale that would emphasize the performance of quality choral
literature from all musical ages and styles. Because of great pride in their city, the first board proudly selected the name of FEDERAL WAY CHORALE at its inception. In its first season, the Chorale not only sang two major works, Handel’s “Messiah” and Schubert’s, ”Mass in G”, but they also sang a wide variety of quality octavos based on the theme we still use from time to time, “From Bach to Broadway”. It has been the belief that each Chorale program should have something for everyone’s taste.

After spreading the word, some 130 singers sought information and auditions were held. Eighty-eight singers were selected and the Federal Way Chorale,under the direction of Don Barrows, began its first rehearsal in the
fall of 1993.

The Federal Way Chorale has grown to become a premier regional choir in the Puget Sound. Each season, the Chorale strives for musical excellence and performs for diverse audiences with a wide variety of musical pieces and styles. The group distinguishes itself with dynamic performances and professional presentation of demanding choral literature from the masters to the light music of today. This tradition continues under the direction of our  Artistic Director, Laird Thornton.

The Chorale has distinguished itself through dynamic performances and professional presentation of demanding choral literature.

Our reputation has garnered invitations for us to perform with the Federal Way and Auburn Symphonies, the Leavenworth Choral Festival and other performance opportunities.

The quality of our organization and our music has enabled the Federal Way Chorale to attract distinguished choral singers from throughout the Puget Sound area. Talented singers of all ages are welcome to join the Chorale and experience the joy of presenting great music to others.

Rehearsals are held on Mondays from 7-9 PM in the Choral Room at Thomas Jefferson High School at 4248 S 288th, Federal Way.

Chorale audiences will always find a wide variety of choral literature from the masters to the light music of today. When major works are performed, professional musicians are hired to ensure the highest quality of musicianship within the Chamber Orchestra.

The Federal Way Chorale is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization whosemission of the Federal Way Chorale is to provide musical and performance excellence; with passion and enthusiasm we strive to provide the culturally diverse community of the Puget Sound region an inspirational musical experience. Through diversity of repertoire we continue to educate our audience through our music and be an integral and active member in the cultural life of our community at large.. Please show your support in the vision of the Federal Chorale to always aim for musical excellence in our performances. We wish to be recognized as one of the premier regional choirs in the Pacific Northwest with your tax-deductible donation, underwriting of performances, or our Scholarship Fund.

The Federal Way Chorale provides opportunities for vocalists to learn and perform engaging choral literature from all ages of music history. We take great pride in our accomplishments and strive for musical excellence. This exciting literature continues to renew our creative spirits.

Membership in the Chorale is by audition. Auditions are held twice each year in September and January. To audition or inquire about tickets for the upcoming season, call 253-250-3326.