Federal Way Chorale Programs
The Federal Way Chorale peforms three concerts a year. A concert during the Christmas season highlights music of that season. A late spring concert welcomes summer with lighter fair, such as choral versions of light opera. In early spring, the Chorale works have a masterworks concert in collaboration with other musical groups in South King County, such as the Federal Way Symphony and the Auburn Symphony.
The Federal Way Chorale seeks to promote the continuation of the love and performance of music through its scholarship program. Currently the Chorale offers $2000 scholarship to a senior graduating from a high school in Federal Way or surrounding communities who intends to major ro minor in college in the study vocal music performance, music education or musical theater.
In additon to its scholarship program, the Federal Way Chorale seeks to promote music among young people by encouraging talented high school singers to audtion for and participate in the Chorale. Each season, we have high school participants, several of whom have continued with the Chorale after graduation.l
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
In 2008, the Chorale performed "The Bartered Bride" in collaboration with the Auburn Symphony. The Seattle Times stated that the Chorale sang with "verve and polish." Our recent performance of a concert version of "Porgy and Bess" resulted in enthusiastic standing ovations from our audience.
Like other arts organizations in the current economy, we are operating on a very tight budget. We have managed our finances to ensure that we continue to bring our music to the community. We are also constantly on the look-out for talented singers, and particularly men to fill out our bass and tenor sections. Further, the Chorale, along with other arts organizations in South King County desires that this area receive greater recognition from the Seattle media as an area with a vibrant arts culture.