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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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 Gjeilo

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


  • Dark Night of the Soul, Gjeilo
  • Let My Love be Heard, Runestad
  • The Cloud, Esenvalds
  • With What Shall I Come, Powell
  • To the Mothers in Brazil: Salve Regina, Jansson/Erkisson
  • Remember, Chatman
  • Die Onse Vader, Fick
  • We Shall Walk Through the Valley, arr. U.S. Moore
  • Keep Your Hand on the Plow, arr. Jennings
  • Arirang, Jennings
  • May it Be, Brymer
  • Open Thou Mine Eyes, Rutter
  • The Gift to be Simple, Chilcott
  • Distant Land, Rutter

  • 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
    Saturay'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

    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.

    More info...Event Page

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