Thank you for visiting the Skagit Valley Chorale website. We have not let the COVID pandemic keep us from singing! Although we can't gather together, Zoom has been a wonderful way to see one another in small boxes on our screens. Since September, members have been meeting weekly with Artistic Director Dr. Adam Burdick in Zoom rehearsals, keeping our voices in singing order and improving vocal technique, learning new music and revisiting familiar pieces, studying music theory and rhythm, and enjoying seeing each other's faces. We prepared a "session choir" concert for Christmas featuring five songs and several guests, available on YouTube for you to enjoy: Heralding Christmas 2020. This spring we continued to meet and followed up with recordings of two more songs.
We look forward with hope to rehearsing in person this September (2021) if it is considered safe, and we will be inviting new and veteran members to join us then. We'll share more information about that later.
Meanwhile, we are proud to present our "session choir" recordings from the spring, "Walden", a song by Carol Thomas Downing arranged for choir by Loretta K. Notareschi, and "That Lonesome Road" by James Taylor, as arranged by Bob Chilcott for the King's Singers. We can also now share our recording of "Sing On", composed by Lane Johnson, which has become something of a theme song for our Chorale, with its message of hope and resilience. We included the piece as part of our December concert, but now we also have a separate stand-alone version that we hope you will enjoy.
We are very pleased to have had such wonderful songs to sing for this project. As we did for our Christmas concert, members once again recorded their parts individually in their homes and sent them to be assembled by Dr. Burdick. The final audio was paired with a slideshow of the lyrics and beautiful images. We hope you will enjoy them!
...And here's a glimpse of what our screens have looked like for the past year on Zoom.
Enjoy this lovely medley video made by John Yaeger in 2017 that shares the joy of our singing together in the beautiful Skagit Valley. If you don’t know the Skagit Valley Chorale this is a beautiful introduction to the chorale, our director Adam Burdick, and snippets of our music. If you have attended our concerts and are missing them at this time, enjoy learning more about us.