Bellevue Chamber Chorus consists of professional and avocational musicians of diverse backgrounds, performing choral literature with varied accompaniment from all musical periods.
Throughout its 30-year history, Bellevue Chamber Chorus has collaborated with other vocal and instrumental musicians of all ages, as well as dance troupes and visual artists, to present major works or unusual repertoire, including specially commissioned pieces by local composers such as Alan Hovhaness and John Muehleisen, and a jointly commissioned work from Grammy-award-winning composer Eric Whitacre. For thirteen years, Bellevue Chamber Chorus joined with the Bellevue Philharmonic Orchestra for a Baroque chamber-style performance of Handel's complete Messiah during the holiday season. The Chorus also performs at galas and other community activities such as the Argosy Christmas Ship, has performed twice at the Leavenworth Choral Festival, and was selected as one of the regional participants in the American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Seattle in 2007. In July 2008, the Chorus was awarded first prize in the Adult Mixed Choir division at the prestigious Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River, B.C. Other performances include New York's Carnegie Hall, the Salzburg, Austria Church Music Festival, the International Choral Festival in Sydney, Australia, and festival concerts in spectacular venues in Switzerland, Italy, Germany and the Czech Republic. The Chorus has released two CDs: "Timeframes" and "Retrospective", and is currently in production for a third CD of music to encompass winter and Christmas favorites from previous seasons.
Among the highlights of our 30th Anniversary season is "Brahms Fest", a collaborative performance of works of Johannes Brahms with Philharmonia Northwest (Julia Tai, conductor) and Kirkland Choral Society (Glenn Gregg, conductor). The concert will feature Brahms' "A German Requiem". The Chorus will also reprise our commissioned piece from John Muehleisen, "That Music Always Round Me" in our spring concert, "In Praise of Music".
The Bellevue Chamber Chorus is a non-profit organization, which receives its support from the generous donations of people interested in fine musical experiences on the Eastside.