Federal Way Chorale
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.
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.