Founded in 1964, the Cascadian Chorale is a Bellevue-based, mixed-voice chamber choir dedicated to the performance and promotion of fine choral music. The Chorale’s membership comprises thirty-five of the greater Seattle area’s most skilled choral singers. Since 2008 the Cascadian Chorale has been conducted by its Artistic Director, Gary D. Cannon.
The Chorale regularly performs some of the most engaging and challenging works for chamber choir, ranging from Renaissance madrigals to new premieres. Highlights of recent repertoire include motets by Bach, Brahms, Bruckner, and Poulenc; partsongs by Haydn, Boulanger, and Elgar; masses by Victoria and Charpentier; Requiems by Mozart, Brahms and Duruflé; and unaccompanied masterworks by major twentieth-century composers including Barber, Ginastera, Ligeti, and Vaughan Williams. The Chorale also regularly presents works by contemporary American composers such as Lauridsen, Whitacre, and William Hawley, whose Spring Light we premiered in 2011. Also central to the Chorale’s mission is the performance of music by local composers, such as Bern Herbolsheimer, John Muehleisen, Giselle Wyers, and Greg Bartholomew.