Welcome to the Everett Chorale
For 52 years, our mission has been to perform a wide variety of quality choral music for the enrichment and enjoyment of our community while providing local singers the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and experience. Membership in the Everett Chorale is open to all interested singers with previous choral singing experience.
The Everett Chorale is pleased to announce the selection of Jennifer Rodgers as its fifth Artistic Director and Conductor. She is the first woman to hold this position and will assume her role in the 2018/2019 season, the December concert being her public debut. Ms. Rodgers is thrilled to be chosen as the Everett Chorale’s next Artistic Director, and when asked about the opportunity replied, "It was immediately clear to me that this was a group of warm, dedicated, fun-loving musicians who are committed to their organization and their community. I'm very excited to help them write the next chapter in the long story of the Everett Chorale."
The search was led by a five-person committee after the current Artistic Director and Conductor, Lee Mathews, announced his retirement. Rodgers was chosen from a group of highly qualified musicians in the Puget Sound area. Shauna Croft, who chaired the selection committee, explained that "throughout the selection process, the committee was impressed with Jennifer’s knowledge and experience. We know she will be able to continue and build on the legacy of fine musical performances and the connection with the Everett community that Lee Mathews established."
Prior to moving to Washington State, Rodgers spent 20 years as a conductor, voice teacher, and freelance singer in the Washington, DC area. She also spent seven seasons as the Artistic Director of the Vienna Choral Society, a community concert choir similar to the Everett Chorale. In addition, Rodgers holds a Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from Ithaca College and a Master of Music in Opera Theater from the Maryland Opera Studio at the University of Maryland.
Rodgers has stated she has "a passion for finding out what music can do out in the world from stretching our individual boundaries, to creating effective community partnerships, to singing our way to new perspectives on global needs." Since coming to the Seattle area, Rodgers has continued to pursue inclusive singing. She initiated a weekly music performance and participation series for Tent City 3, a self-managed community of homeless people, while they were living on the University of Washington campus. She has also published an article on teaching resonance in amateur choral environments, and her primary research is focused on the musical self-image of adult singers.
The Everett Chorale, which was founded in 1965 and has been Everett’s premier community choir for 53 years, looks forward to working with Ms. Rodgers. She is "eager to become a part of this arts-sensitive community and learn about the local intersections of art, community service, and social change."
The Everett Chorale introduce Ms. Rodgers at their concert on Sunday, April 8, 2018.
The Chorale often features outstanding area soloists and ensembles and takes pride in being a truly "community choir," performing for a wide variety of local charities and service clubs. Check out our 2017-2018 Season now.
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Love to sing? Join the Chorale! If you are looking for an outlet for your passion, this may be the program for you! Enjoy learning a wide variety of choral music and performing for the community in regular season concerts and special performances. Membership in the Everett Chorale is open to all interested singers with previous choral experience.