The Northwest Women’s Chorale will present its Spring concert, “Still, We SING,” celebrating getting back to singing again after a 3 year hiatus. The performance is at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1st, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 E. Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.
The Concerts’ program begins with songs from our Early American Heritage that are invitational in nature – welcoming all to the concert. The next section looks outward to the world and humanitarian concerns and allows for some reflection.
We are thrilled to have a piece written by, and then arranged specifically for the chorale by Linda Dowdell, a Sequim composer, bandleader and musical arranger. During the pandemic, Linda wanted to” keep her brain alive,” she thought as she signed up for an online lyric-writing course. The assignment was to pen a song about victory. Dowdell did some research and learned of a local triumph and then set the lyrics to music. You are sure to enjoy this piece!
The Concert will conclude with a piece of gospel music and a traditional Irish Blessing.
The NWWC has been singing harmony into the hearts and lives of others since its founding in 2007. The ensemble’s strength is their blending, but their unison is incredibly strong, exacting and powerful.
“I wanted to express my appreciation and gratitude to the members of NWWC. You truly sang with blessings and giving in your heart to us. It was pure glory. I don’t think I’ve ever heard you sing with such blending, power and emotion. You touched everyone in the audience, “ one audience member said after a past concert.
As people come and go from the chorale, the mix changes, and even old favorites, such as “How Can I Keep from Singing” arranged by Gwyneth Walker, take on a new tone with this season’s Chorale members.
Leading the NorthWest Women’s Chorale is Joy Lingerfelt, a retired Deacon, and Minister of Music and Worship Arts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles. She also directs the Port Angeles Symphony Chorus, which soon presents its fourth joining with the symphony orchestra on May 19th and 20th.
Accompanying the chorale is collaborative pianist Kristin Quigley Brye, an adjunct professor of music at Peninsula College, and collaborative pianist with the NorthWest Women’s Chorale, owner of a private music studio, and musical director at First United Methodist Church in Port Angeles.
Since 2007, the NorthWest Women’s Chorale has performed in Alaska, and across Washington state in Lynnwood, Silverdale, Poulsbo, Port Townsend, Chehalis and Forks. The 22 members of NWWC come from areas west of Joyce to east of Sequim.
The Chorale is the Resident Chorale at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles and it’s their mission to sing harmony into our lives.