The Washtenaw Chorale performs both sacred and secular music, often with local orchestras.
The Washtenaw Chorale works from a base of sixty to seventy singers drawn from all over Washtenaw County and southeast Michigan. Many members are or have been active in community and church choirs in the area. Members run the spectrum of jobs, ages, genders and walks of life, but are united by their love of singing classical music and the fellowship they enjoy together.
Over the past ten years, the Washtenaw Chorale has collaborated successfully with the Dexter Community Orchestra under the direction of its founder, Don Parrish and its current conductor, Anthony Elliott. Previously, the Dexter High School Orchestra, under Matt Deloria, and the Dexter High School Choirs, under Julie Bassett, have joined in our holiday season programs.
In the last four years, we have presented concerts celebrating Thanksgiving and spring, with piano, organ, string and clarinet accompaniment. We are continuing that tradition with our next concert, including piano, cello and upright bass.
In early 2016, the Washtenaw Chorale presented a concert in collaboration with with the Ypsilanti Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Adam Riccinto. We performed the Randall Thompson Frostiana and the Samuel Barber Agnus Dei.