Artistic Director: Laird M. Thornton
Board President: Betsy Roberson
Group Size: 65
Rehearsal Location: Thomas Jefferson High School
The Federal Way Chorale
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 THE 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 each spring, “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.
Our reputation has garnered invitations for us to perform with the Federal Way and Auburn Symphonies, the Leavenworth Choral Festival and other performance opportunities.
The quality of our organization and our music has enabled the Federal
Way Chorale to attract distinguished choral singers from throughout the
Puget Sound area. Talented singers of all ages are welcome to join the
Chorale and experience the joy of presenting great music to others.