About the Everett Chorale
For 50 years, this outstanding ensemble has established a tradition of vocal excellence in Snohomish County as they continue to offer a quality musical experience with a variety of choral pieces programmed by Music Director Lee Mathews. 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.
Staff and Board Members
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.
LEE MATHEWS — Music Director and Conductor 1993-2018
Lee Mathews, the current Music Director and Conductor of the Everett Chorale, develops a series of concerts each year to delight and entertain audiences. A graduate of the University of Montana, Mr. Mathews has advanced work towards the DMA at the University of Northern Colorado. During his fourteen years of college teaching, he founded the Montana Youth Choir and has made six European tours with this fine ensemble. He is a retired Snohomish School District music teacher. Lee is currently the Choral Director at Our Savior Lutheran Church, Everett.
D. KIM CROFT — Accompanist
D. Kim Croft holds Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in Organ Performance from Brigham Young University and a Master of Arts in Musicology from New York University, and has done additional post graduate work in Musicology at the University of Washington. While enrolled at Brigham Young University. Kim held the position of coach/accompanist in the University opera program, and performed a series of guest recitals at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. Currently, he is organist at Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Everett. Kim and his wife, Shauna, are the parents of five children.
The Everett Chorale Association Board
The Board is composed of volunteers who are vitally interested in the success of the organization. Their task is to ensure the smooth operation of the business and structural aspects of the Chorale, including budgeting and financial support, publicity, correspondence, policies, and providing as much assistance as possible to the director. The Board meets each second Tuesday of the month (except for December, July and August) at 7:00 pm at Our Saviour's Lutheran Church. Meetings are open to all Chorale members.
Meeting dates: Sept 13 - Oct 11 - Nov 8 - Jan 10 - Feb 14 - Mar 14 - Apr 11 - May 9 - Jun 13
The Everett Chorale Board for 2017-2018 is:
Peggie Thompson, Vice President
Judith Bernier, Secretary
Mary Lamb, Treasurer
Anne Dubert-Kelly, Gala Chair
Patty Chatterton, Librarian
Please send any questions about the Chorale to the Board at email@example.com.