Who We Are
Northwest Chorale is a group of civic-minded individuals who enjoy gathering to rehearse and perform great works of music. The Chorale currently consists of over 60 singers from the greater Seattle area. Members come from all walks of life, but have one thing in common — a love of music.
The Northwest Chorale presents two concerts a year - one during the Christmas season and one in late spring. For Christmas, Handel's Messiah alternates every other year with a concert of varied seasonal choral works. (The Chorale will next present Messiah in December 2015.) Spring concerts include choral masterworks by composers such as Bach, Handel, Haydn and Mendelssohn.
From its inception, the mission of Northwest Chorale has been to use music to feed those in need. With a twist on an old saying, "we sing for their supper", the Chorale uses its concerts to help feed the hungry in Seattle and the greater metropolitan area.
The Northwest Chorale's First Annual "Summer Movie Music Sing-Along" featuring "The Sound of Music" was a huge success in July 2014.
Click here to view a few photos of the event.
Our Conductor - Lynn Hall
Mr. Hall was awarded his Masters of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington in 1984. He also holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting (DMA, ABD - all but dissertation) degree from the University of Washington. He has studied Choral Conducting under Rodney Eichenberger and Abraham Kaplan, and Orchestral Conducting under Robert Feist, Samuel Crockmalnick, Wilhelm Sokol, and Michael Singer.
Over the years, Mr. Hall has directed large ensembles, including the University of Washington University Singers, the Esperance Baptist Church Choir, the Seattle Area Lutheran Chorale and Orchestra, and the Christ Church Choir and Orchestra. He was Assistant Conductor of both the University Oratorio Chorus and the University Chorale.
Mr. Hall has also directed several smaller ensembles, some semi-professional, including the UW Vocal Jazz Ensemble, the Manna Singers, the Raretones, and Sing Noel.
Throughout his career, Mr. Hall has served as Music Director for several Seattle area churches, including St. Josephs Parish (Seattle), Trinity Lutheran Church (Lynnwood), Bethany Lutheran Church (Seattle), Woodinville Community United Methodist Church (Woodinville), and Messiah Lutheran Church (Seattle).
A member of the American Choral Directors' Association, the Puget Sound Choral Conductors' Guild, and the Washington State Teachers' Association, Mr. Hall currently teaches in the Seattle Public Schools and directs the premier handbell choir in the Pacific Northwest -- Bells of the Sound.
Our Accompanist - Carol Buschman
Ms. Buschman studied at Whitworth College, the University of Washington, and The Vanff Center. Her teachers have included Margaret Saunders Off, Bela Siki, and Robin McCabe. In addition to accompanying the Northwest Chorale, Buschman is an accompanist for Pacific Northwest Ballet, the Whittier Elementary School Children's Choir, and Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Seattle.
The Northwest Chorale was founded in 1978 by Director Lynn Hall under the name "A Musical Offering." The name was changed to "Messiah for Relief" after the Chorale began performing Handel's Messiah to raise money for those in need in the Seattle area.
Handel himself set the example of giving back to the community by conducting Messiah 54 times in his lifetime to benefit the Children's Foundling Hospital of London. In this same spirit, the Chorale decided to present its concerts to help feed the hungry in Seattle.
As the chorale grew and its repertoire expanded beyond Messiah, the name was changed, first to Northwest Community Chorale, and then to simply Northwest Chorale.