Favorite concert audio samples:

The Gift to be Simple
Loch Lomond
My Lord What a Mornin'
Pilgrims Hymn
Prelude to Peace
She Moved Through the Fair
You are the New Day


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Fall Concert Series - November 2018

Sunday's concert includes music by the Maplewood Elementary Choir, Puyallup

Magnificat, by Cecilia McDowall for Soprano and Mezzo Soprano Soloists, SATB Chorus and Piano or Chamber Orchestra is the featured piece of our holiday concert.

The text of the canticle is taken directly from the Gospel of Luke (1:46-56) where it is spoken by Mary upon the occasion of her visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. In the narrative, after Mary greets Elizabeth, who is pregnant with John the Baptist, the latter moves within Elizabeth's womb. Elizabeth praises Mary for her faith (using words partially reflected in the Hail Mary,) and Mary responds with what is now known as the Magnificat.

And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. He has brought down the powerful from their thrones and lifted up the lowly; he has filled the hungry with good things and sent the rich away empty. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever."

"Magnificat was commissioned by Finchley Choral Society to celebrate its centenary in 2003, and I composed it very much with them and other amateur choirs in mind. I have sung many wonderful settings of the joyous Canticle of Mary, always aware of the beauty and sense of spirituality the text inspires. In my setting the first and last movements make use of the same musical material, which arches across the contrasting solo and duet movements and the meditative chorus, 'Quia fecit mihi magna'. The instrumental forces are kept to a minimum to give smaller choirs the opportunity to perform with an orchestra."   - Cecilia McDowall

Saturday, November 17, 2018, 7:30 pm
Mason United Methodist Church
2710 N Madison Street
Tacoma, WA

Sunday, November 18 2018, 3:30 pm
First Presbyterian Church
412 W Pioneer Ave
Puyallup, WA


  • Dormi Jesu, Conor O'Reilly
  • Gloria, Andre' Thomas
  • Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, Herbert Howells
  • Here is the Little Door, Herbert Howells
  • Brightest and Best, arr. Shawn Kirchner
  • Stars Tonight, Judith Herrington
  • Alleluia, Ralph Manuel
  • The Snow, Edward Elgar, arr. John Pointer
  • Magnificat, Cecilia McDowall

  • Winter Concert Series - February 2019

    Dark Night of the Soul

    Dark Night of the Soul, Poem by St. John of the Cross (1542-1591,) Music by Ola Gjeilo for SSAATTBB Chorus, Piano and String Quartet is the featured piece of our winter concert.

    Saturday, February 23, 7:30 PM
    Mason United Methodist Church, Tacoma
    (Saturday's concert includes Spanaway Lake High School Choir)

    Sunday, February 24, 3:30 PM
    St Mark's Lutheran Church, Tacoma

    "Dark Night of the Soul was written in 2010, and premiered that same year by the Phoenix Chorale with Charles Bruffy, myself at the piano and four local string-players. The piece was commissioned by and dedicated to my dear, sweet friend and publisher, Gunilla Luboff, in memory of her husband, choral legend Norman Luboff.

    The text, three stanzas from St John of the Cross' (1542-1592) magical poem Dark Nigh of the Soul, was suggested to me by Joel Rinsema, Executive Director of the Phoenix Chorale, and I fell in love with its colorful and passionate spirituality instantly:

    One dark night,
    fired with love's urgent longings
    -ah, the sheer grace! -
    I went out unseen,
    my house being now all stilled.

    In darkness, and secure
    by the secret ladder, disguised.
    -ah, the sheer grance! -
    in darkness and concealment,
    my house being now all stilled.

    On that glad night,
    in secret, for no one saw me,
    nor did I look at anything,
    with no other light or guide
    than the one that burned in my heart.

    One of the main things I wanted to do in this piece was to make the choir and piano more equal; usually the piano is relegated to a very generic accompanying role in choral music, as opposed to strings or orchestra, which will often have a much more independent and prominent role where it is allowed to shine as well. So there is a lot of give and take between the choir and piano here; often the piano is accompanying the choir, but sometimes the choir is accompanying the piano (or violin a couple of times), with the choir kind of taking the role of a string orchestra. I just love the sound of voices singing chords on 'Ooh' or 'Mmm,' it creates a sound that can be so amazing evocative and warm, especially when doubled by string quartet. To me, that sound, combination has a similar effect to a great synth pad, only it feels more organic and alive. But mainly what this piece was really about was just the sheer desire to write something that could hopefully convey a lot of the grace and passion that is so strong and pulsating in the poem!"

    - Ola Gjelilo

    Saturday, February 23, 2019, 7:30 pm
    Mason United Methodist Church
    2710 N Madison Street
    Tacoma, WA

    Sunday, February 24, 2019, 3:30 pm
    St Marks Lutheran Church
    6730 N 17th Street
    Tacoma, WA

    Spring Concert Series - April 2019

    Bright Morning Stars

    Bright Morning Stars, traditional Appalachian song arranged by Shawn Kirchner sets the tone for our spring concert of folk songs, sea shanties, Dickinson miniatures, and spirituals.

    Saturday, April 6, 7:30 PM
    Mason United Methodist Church
    (Saturday's concert includes Clover Park High School Choir)

    Sunday, April 7, 3:30 PM
    Fox Island United Church of Christ
    Fox Island

    "Bright Morning Stars is among my favorite of American folksongs. I learned it from my college roommate during a road trip as we shared songs in turn - the old-fashioned way of passing time! I fell in love with it immediately and made everyone in the car sing it over and over again in harmony. I especially liked the way the song linked the beautiful, universal and "external" imagery of dawn and morning stars to the similar "internal" movements of renewal that we all also experience - "day a-braking in my soul." Years later I wrote this setting for chorus, soloist, and piano.

    I did make one addition to the original lyrics. The original verses ask, in turn, "O where are our dear fathers? O where are our dear mothers?" I added a final verse, in which the long-departed "fathers" and "mothers" have a chance to ask, "O where are our dear children?" The response: "They're upon the earth a-dancing." I like the image of those who have passed on and those who are yet present upon the earth calling to each other "across eternity." - Shawn Kirchner

    Bright morning stars are rising,
    Bright morning stars are rising,
    Bright morning stars are rising,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.

    Oh, where are our dear fathers,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.
    They are down in the valley praying,
    Day's a breaking in my soul.

    Oh, where are our dear mothers,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.
    They have gone to heaven shouting,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.

    Oh, where are our dear children,
    Day's a breaking in my soul.
    They're upon the earth a-dancing,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.

    Bright morning stars are rising,
    Day's a-breaking in my soul.

    Saturday, April 6, 2019, 7:30 pm
    Mason United Methodist Church
    2710 N Madison Street
    Tacoma, WA

    Sunday, April 7, 2018, 3:30 pm
    Fox Island United Church of Christ
    726 6th Avenue Fi
    Fox Island, WA


    2019 Teatro Cora Voce!

    Dazzling Duets
    perfect pairings at the plaza

    May 18, 2019, 6:00 pm
    Temple Theatre (Landmark Convention Center)
    Tacoma, WA

    Event info coming soon!

    This is our 10th annual dinner, auction and show. Located at the Temple Theater, (Landmark Convention Center) we offer an evening of fine dining along with both a silent and live auction.  Our very own members, many who have years of experience in cabaret singing and musical theater, are the featured performers. This is our major fund-raising event for the season. Over the past four seasons we have awarded over $50,000 to deserving school choral programs in the Puget Sound area through our scholarship program.

    Info on our last Teatro Cora Voce! 2018 event

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