Welcome!

We have not let the COVID pandemic keep us from singing!

 

In preparation for the Christmas performance, our rehearsals have been held via Zoom, in-person outdoors at Centennial Elementary School, and now in-person indoors at Salem Lutheran Church.

 

All members participating in in-person rehearsals are required to be vaccinated and masked. Our rehearsal venue, Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, has a very large multipurpose room with an effective HVAC system. We have other COVID mitigation protocols in place as well.

 

With the increase in COVID cases locally, which began in late summer, we decided not to hold our traditional Christmas concerts scheduled for December 11th & 12th at McIntyre Hall.  Instead, we will be performing a livestream concert.  

Skagit Valley Chorale is pleased to invite you to our “Heralding Christmas 2021” concert, "Home is where the Heart is", at 3:00 p.m. PST on December 12. The Chorale will perform at Salem Lutheran Church in Mount Vernon, Washington State, with no audience present. Instead we will broadcast our music via a Zoom webinar to our families, friends, fellow musicians, and supporters. Participants must register in advance to attend the concert. There is no charge for the concert, which we offer for the enjoyment of our communities local and worldwide -- but anyone interested is welcome to donate to the Chorale through GiveButter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You may also visit the Concerts Page to sign up for this free livestream concert.

We are particularly looking forward to the spring when we plan to return to McIntyre Hall and combine forces with the Skagit Symphony and Artistic Director/Conductor Dr. Michael Wheatley. Dr. Wheatley and symphony members will join the Chorale for our May 7th and 8th concerts of the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré along with Ludwig von Beethoven’s Symphony #9, 4th Movement, then we’ll return the favor by joining the orchestra for their May 21st and 22nd concerts of the complete Beethoven symphony.

 

In older news, we prepared a "session choir" concert for Heralding Christmas 2020 featuring five songs and several guests, available on YouTube for you to enjoy, and followed up with recordings of two more songs this past Spring, which you can watch below. As we did for our Christmas concert, members 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’d especially like to recognize Dr. Wheatley and a few other violinists from Skagit Symphony who joined us for the piece “Walden”. We are very pleased to have had such wonderful songs to sing for this project. We hope you will enjoy them!

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This beautiful graphic designed by Dave Ward at Copy and Print, Mount Vernon

Special thanks to Western Washington University students Quin Wilder and Nick Hastings
and to videographer Ailisa Newhall for their assistance in presenting our concert.

 ...And here's a glimpse of what our screens have looked like for the past year on Zoom.

Zoom Rehearsal