Great Bend chorale

adult 14+

An award-winning choral ensemble open to all regardless of skill level or training.

Announcement: After a three year hiatus, the Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale resume their tradition of a fall masterwork performance with Vivaldi’s magnificent Gloria, RV 589.

Announcement: After a three year hiatus, the Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale resume their tradition of a fall masterwork performance with Vivaldi’s magnificent Gloria, RV 589.

About the Great Bend Chorale

The Great Bend Chorale is an award-winning choral ensemble open to all, age 14 and older, regardless of skill level or training. The ensemble focuses primarily on choral-orchestral programs that are performed in collaboration with professional teaching artists.

The Chorale’s purpose is to bring together people from different parts of the communities we serve in an environment of mutual respect and appreciation. For this reason the ensemble is non-auditioned. Singers of all levels of skill and experience are welcome, and learning is focused on helping participants identify and develop their innate musical strengths.

Led by Matthew Melendez and launched in the fall of 2017, the Great Bend Chorale quickly established itself. One month after its inaugural performances, the ensemble was invited to make its Carnegie Hall debut. In May of 2019 the Chorale performed its commission “Borders” (a 40-minute choral cantata celebrating the arts and immigration history of the Olympic Peninsula and featuring a Salish song of welcome as its central musical element) to a standing ovation.

In September of 2020, their Shelton, Washington, performance of the work was awarded an American Prize marking it as one of most noteworthy performances of American music in the world that year.

The magic of choir is that every voice contributes, whether big or small, to create a whole that is far greater than the individual parts.

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After a three year hiatus, the Great Bend Chorale and Youth Chorale resume their tradition of a fall masterwork performance with Vivaldi’s magnificent Gloria, RV 589. The Red Priest’s setting of the Catholic hymn has resonated with audiences in ways that Vivaldi could never have imagined. At least 100 recordings of it exist, and it has graced many film and television soundtracks. It’s also the perfect expression of our excitement about returning to live performance.

We’re recruiting singers! All are encouraged to join regardless of skill level or training.

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