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September 2, 2017 Federal Way Mirror
Local music takes stage in Federal Way arts center’s
Performing Arts and Event Center has partnered with several
Federal Way music makers for multiple shows in the 2017-2018
– Leading the pack is the Federal Way Symphony,
which had long performed at St. Luke’s Church. Led by Maestro A.
Brian Davenport and established in 1983, the symphony shows the
love for great music ranging from pure classical to New Orleans
jazz. The PAEC Premier Debut is Oct. 7-8 and includes
Shostakovich’s Festive Overture, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto
No. 1 with soloist Anastasia Dedik, and Beethoven’s Symphony No.
9 featuring the Federal Way Chorale, Symphony Singers and the
Boeing Employees Choir. Other symphony shows this season include
Handel’s Messiah on Nov. 19; Holiday Pops on Dec. 2 and 3;
Flavor of New Orleans on March 3; Season Finale with violinist
Marjorie Kransberg-Talvi on April 7 and 8.
– The Jet
Cities Chorus has been singing sweet songs in Federal Way for
more than 30 years. The chorus sings four-part, A cappella
harmony in a barbershop style. Their Oct. 28 fall show will
feature the GQ Quartet, a Baltimore-based female
barbershop-style group that has appeared on “A Prairie Home
– The Federal Way Chorale will warm the
coldest ears at its winter performance with a number of
Christmas pieces – some lesser known, like Nelhybel’s “Estampie
Natalis.” The Dec. 9 show includes an orchestra to accompany the
emotionally moving songs of the winter season. In the May 18
spring concert, the Chorale will deliver American classics from
black composers including selections from “Porgy and Bess.”
– The Federal Way Harmony Kings stand among music royalty in
the South Sound. The men’s barbershop chorus has been performing
for more than 56 years at local events and are well-known for
their four-part harmonies and Singing Valentines. The group will
present its 57th Annual Show on May 19 and will pay homage to
the Pacific Northwest.
Tue Sep 20th, 2016
Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Chorale
raising funds to aid Christmas show
The Federal Way
Chorale, a group of local singers that puts on high-quality
vocal performances in Federal Way and in the greater Puget Sound
region, is seeking donations to help with their annual Christmas
The group is looking to add a second dress
rehearsal of their holiday show and said dress rehearsals, with
musicians’ fees, rehearsal space fees and labor costs, come in
at more than $1,600.
The nonprofit choir is running its
donation drive Sept. 4-30, setting a goal of $1,775, under the
name “Federal Way Chorale Power2Give” fundraising campaign. It
also has sponsors matching some of the funds received.
“The Power2Give campaign is a wonderful way to make your
tax-deductible donations go even further!” the group said in a
release. “For every dollar donated through Power2Give, an
additional $0.50 will be donated to the Chorale thanks to their
generous sponsors such as Boeing and the Raynier Institute and
Federal Way Mirror
The Federal Way Chorale is pleased to
announce Mr. Joshua Carlisle as the recipient of the 2016
Federal Way Chorale “Don Barrows Memorial” Scholarship. Mr.
Carlisle will receive $2,000 toward his college tuition.
Mr. Carlisle is a graduating senior at Puyallup High School with
12 years of piano and vocal instruction culminating in
performing with the Norselander Ensemble. His choir teacher, Mr.
George Gunther, is his musical inspiration. Mr. Carlisle has
devoted over 500 hours in community service in the youth program
through the YMCA and has been on the Dean's List for Running
Start program over the last four quarters. Although first
accepted into Berklee College, Boston for Piano Performance, Mr.
Carlisle will be attending, in the fall, Pacific Lutheran
College majoring in Vocal Performance. His goal is to obtain his
Master's degree and become a professor of music.
the Federal Way Chorale in congratulating Mr. Carlisle for this
scholarship award at the Federal Way Chorale’s spring concert.
“An Evening of American Folk Music” featuring Ron Kean's
"American Mass" will be May 13th at 7:30 pm and May 15th at 2:00
pm. The location is St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 515 South 312th,
Federal Way, Washington.
Federal Way Mirror
The Federal Way Chorale announced
Marissa Moultrie and Joy Ellis as the recipients of the 2015
Federal Way Chorale Don Barrows Memorial scholarships.
Moultrie will receive $2,000 toward her college tuition majoring
in vocal performance/music education at Pacific Lutheran
University. Ellis will receive $1,000 toward her college tuition
majoring in vocal performance at a college of her choice.
Moultrie is a graduating senior at Stadium High School with
years of performance as well as directing of choirs. She has
volunteered over 700 hours in choral leadership and is an
efficient organizer. Her choir teacher is her musical
inspiration and has created a profound enthusiasm and dedication
to music education. She has already been accepted at Pacific
Lutheran College in the fall, receiving the Mary Baker Russell
Music Scholarship, and enjoys listening to Shania Twain and
Renee Fleming on the radio.
Ellis is a graduating senior
at Federal Way High School, is a member of choir and performs in
musical theater. Her mother was a former student of Don Barrows
(the namesake of this scholarship) at Thomas Jefferson High
“Passion!” best describes her love of music and
her vocal performance as she is driven toward her goal of
becoming an opera diva, according to the Federal Way Chorale.
She will begin her study towards her operatic career at her
choice of Chapman University, University of Washington or Loyola
University in the fall.
In April, both girls attended the
Washington State Solo Ensemble contest at Central Washington
University in where they received highest marks. The public is
invited to join the chorale at their spring concert at 7:30 p.m.
on May 15 and 4 p.m. on May 17 at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church,
515 S. 312th St., Federal Way.
May 2,2014 Federal Way Mirror
Way Chorale announced that Elizabeth Chamberlain is the
recipient of the 2014 Federal Way Chorale “Don Barrows
Memorial” Scholarship. Chamberlain will receive $2,000
toward her college degree in music education at Western
Washington University in Bellingham.
Chamberlain is a
graduating senior at Thomas Jefferson High School with a
3.95 GPA. She also participated in Running Start full-time
and achieved an Associates Degree with an emphasis in
She was a kindergarten volunteer through
Sunnycrest Elementary and wants to inspire kids to love
music. Her mother, a single parent and pastor at Calvary
Lutheran Church in Federal Way, is her inspiration.
Not only did Chamberlain believe her mother appreciates the
economic advantage of receiving a degree through the Running
Start program prior to college admission, but also credits
her mother as supporting her decision to pursue her dreams -
music education. Chamberlain says that “you always learn
from those you teach.” She wants to come back to the Seattle
area to teach music at the elementary level.
Chamberlain has also been involved in musical theater at
Thomas Jefferson, noting, “… It has brought out so much in
Her favorite vocalist is Julie Andrews and
shelves soundtracks from musicals, such as Les Miserables.
When asked what song she would perform if she were on
American Idol, her quick response was, “What I Did for Love”
from A Chorus Line.
Join the Federal Way Chorale in
awarding this honor to Chamberlain by attending the
scholarship ceremony at the upcoming Federal Way Chorale
concert – “Songs of Love – from Brahms to Billy Joel to The
Beatles” May 17 (7:30 p.m.) and May 18 (4 p.m.) at St.
Luke’s Lutheran Church (515 S. 312th, Federal Way).
May 31, 2013 Federal Way Mirror
Way Chorale announced this year's $2,000 scholarship award
winner as Sarah Martin, a 2013 graduate of Thomas Jefferson High
Sarah has be singing since she was in
the fourth grade. She has won many awards including the Adrian
Senai Award. Her performance in Thomas Jefferson's musical
"Urinetown" in 2012 earned a 5th Avenue Theater nomination. She
will be attending Pacific Lutheran University in the fall
majoring in music education.
2011 / Winter 2012 Federal Way Arts Commission
Arts Commission News Letter
Arts in the Garden Federal Way Mirror
2011 Arts in the Garden
Mar 25 2011
Symphony returns to Federal Way | Concert is
Federal Way Symphony
will celebrate its 3rd
millennium concert of
Ludwig van Beethoven’s
Ninth Symphony in a
stellar and magical
performance with the
Federal Way Chorale on
— featuring “Ode to Joy”
— was a musical tribute
to world peace, the
essential goodness of
humanity, and the hope
of worldwide brotherhood
when performed by the
Federal Way Philharmonic
(now the Federal Way
Symphony) at the
1990-1991 Goodwill Games
in Seattle’s Opera
House. It featured a
Choir and the Seattle
Chamber Singers all
directed by A. Brian
Davenport, conductor and
music director of the
Federal Way orchestra.
This was a sellout performance that helped make a regional impact on Federal Way with the Goodwill Games construction of the King County Aquatic Center.
Ten years later in 2000, the second millennium concert of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was performed as an entertainment piece of the highest caliber with musical sensitivity and immaculate technique by the Federal Way Symphony and the Federal Way Chorale.
This masterpiece could mean something different and personal to everyone who hears it. The Ninth Symphony emerges from a whispering mist to towering fateful proclamations. Beethoven, who remains one of the most influential composers of all time, greets us person to person as the theme of the chorale finale is a setting for the song “Ode to Joy.”
Joan Tabrum, a founding member of the Federal Way Chorale, said this was a special occasion “not only that we all performed together, but the last time the symphony performed Beethoven’s Ninth was at the Goodwill Games.
This (2000/2001) millennium concert was somewhat a logistical feat with the combination of both the symphony and chorale members of about 160 people at St. Theresa’s Church.”
The Federal Way Symphony and the Federal Way Chorale have become premier professional groups that have been inspirational to the Federal Way community.
“This is a fantastic and ambitious partnership with the symphony and the chorale again presenting Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony,” said Mary Gates, executive director of the symphony, regarding the April 3 concert. “It presents the members of the community with a memorable musical experience in their own backyard.”
Beethoven’s Ninth is known as the “choral” because of the four vocal soloists and the choir who join in the 4th movement, singing the words to Schiller’s poem “Ode to Joy.” This will be an intoxicating dialogue with a major composer using voices in a symphony punctuated by a delicious mix of the Federal Way Symphony and the Federal Way Chorale.
Like so much of Beethoven’s later music, his Ninth Symphony is demanding for all performers, including choir and soloists.
For concertgoers and Beethoven fans, the first half of the concert will include Beethoven’s “Hallelujah” and R. Vaughan Williams’ “Serenade to Music” sung by the chorale.
“The most important message of this particular concert is that the two long-standing arts organizations located in Federal Way are collaborating to solidify a strong presence in the community,” said Laird M. Thornton, artistic director of the Federal Way Chorale.
“Especially with plans for the building of a new performance facility, it is important to show that there are strong arts groups and get the community to rally around it,” he said. “There is no better way to do this than through an absolutely festive and celebratory spirit of Beethoven’s Ninth.”
May 18, 2010 Federal Way
Federal Way Chorale teams
with Washington Korean Chamber Ensemble
Federal Way Chorale will team up with
the Washington Korean Chamber Ensemble
at 8 p.m. May 22 and 2:30 p.m. May 23 at
St. Luke's Church, 515 S. 312th St. They
will do a selection of Western and
Korean choral works, including Hall
Johnson's "Ain't Got Time to Die," which
will combine both choirs and features a
solo by Laird Thornton, and is conducted
by Bob Kim. Musical theater selections
by Stephen Schwartz include "Pippen," "Godspell,"
"Children of Eden" and "Wicked." Tickets
are $15-$18, children 12 and under are
March 30, 2010
The Federal Way
Chorale will be
April 10-11 at
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Director Laird Thornton was recently interviewed by KING FM [Read
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The Federal Way Chorale announced that Brian Fitzgerald, Katee
Brown and Kelli Peterson are the winners of the 2009 scholarship