September 1, 2017
Dear Friends of the Everett Chorale:
We are reaching out with an important announcement regarding the next season and the future of our vibrant organization. Twenty four years ago, the Everett Chorale was fortunate to recruit Lee Mathews as our Artistic Director and Conductor and in his hands and guidance we have thrived to the point of being know as the preeminent community choir in the area. Under his leadership we have sent performing ensembles all over the world to represent our county in prestigious choral festivals. This coming spring, the Chorale will be represented for the third time in a performance at Carnegie Hall with world-renowned conductor/composer John Rutter. In addition, the Chorale has continued to cultivate and develop community relationships with local instrumental ensembles, area church choir and public school music programs, dance ensembles and local arts groups along with performing in Everett's state-of-the-art Performing Arts Center. After years of building a choral legacy of excellence with the Everett Chorale, Lee has announced his retirement at the end of the 2017-18 season. This means that our coming season will be one of transition.
Maestro Mathews will continue rehearsing and conducting our three 2017/18 season concerts. The Everett Chorale Board has already begun the recruitment process for selecting the next Artistic Director/Conductor. Applications for the position will be received through October 15, 2017. Applicants will be thoroughly reviewed and participate in an interview process. By January of 2018, a handful of talented conductors will be auditioned with an introduction of our new permanent Artistic Director/Conductor scheduled for our April, 2018 concert.
We are very proud of the innovative programming and the artistic integrity that Lee Mathews has built over the years he has served as conductor of the Everett Chorale. We are intent on continuing his passion to provide quality performances of great choral music for the enjoyment and enrichment of our community while providing local singers the opportunity to expand their musical knowledge and experience. As much as we will miss Lee, this change in leadership also opens another exciting chapter in our story as we continue to fulfill our important cultural mission.
We hope you have enjoyed the music of our past season of "Choral Songs and Stories" and we invite you to join us for our 2017/18 "Season of Favorites" which will include our conductor's favorite pieces he has performed with the Chorale throughout the years along with favorites that you, our loyal audience members and Chorale members have voted to have repeated. Please visit our website, everettchorale.org for full concert and ticket information. As The Everett Chorale has demonstrated throughout our 52 year history, the show will go on, and we are thrilled to have you with us.
Thank you for your continued support,
The Everett Chorale Board of Directors
David Carman, President
Peggie Thompson, Vice President
Judith Bernier, Secretary
Mary Lamb, Treasurer