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About Us




To provide musical & performance excellence in the community through diverse repertoire & educate our audience by cultivating a genuine appreciation for choral arts.



The vision of the Federal Way Chorale is 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.



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. In the fall of 1993, under the direction of Don Barrows, the Federal Way Chorale began its first rehearsal.

Under the direction of our Artistic Director, Laird Thornton, 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. 


During the Covid-19 crisis, the Federal Way Chorale continued to entertain audiences  virtually. By December 2021, members finally returned to our in-person performances at the Federal Way Performing Arts & Events Center (PAEC) under the direction of Thomas Almli. 


Don Barrows

Founding Director


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Laird Thornton

Beloved Director



Thomas Almli

Artistic Director

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