Columbia Chorale

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Columbia Chorale is the region’s premier mixed-voiced community ensemble. Chartered in 1978, the Chorale strives to promote choral music of the highest artistic quality and stimulate a greater community understanding, appreciation, and enjoyment of choral music. The membership, drawn from across central Missouri, consists of a broad spectrum of both professional and amateur musicians unified through a common appreciation for outstanding choral music. The ensemble presents four or more formal concerts per season with an emphasis on providing rich and varied programs that appeal to a wide cross-section of Missouri residents and visitors. Dedicated to providing enriching opportunities for its membership, Columbia Chorale has performed in conjunction with the St. Louis Symphony, the Kansas City Philharmonic, the Missouri Symphony Orchestra, and Columbia Civic Orchestra. Seasonal performances utilize numerous venues throughout central Missouri, including the University of Missouri’s Jesse Auditorium, the Missouri Theatre for the Performing Arts, and area churches.

The Chorale expanded its reach in 2013 to serve area youth with its newest branch, Columbia Youth Choirs.

In 2014, the Chorale expanded to include Columbia Chamber Choir, an auditioned subset that performs repertoire more suitable for smaller numbers.

The Columbia Chorale is led by Artistic Director Emily Edgington Andrews.  

The Columbia Chamber Choir is directed by Ryan Layton.

Rehearsals Begin: Virtual Chorale Kick-off and 1st Rehearsal

7-8 p.m. Monday, September 14

(please pre-register before this date)

Session Dates:

Session I: September 14 – November 9

Session II: January 4 – April 24 

Rehearsal Location and Time:

First semester singers may choose to participate in-person or via Zoom. For those interested in attending in-person rehearsals, rehearsals will take place at Nickell Shelter, a covered outdoor shelter at Cosmo Park [1615 Business Loop 70 W., Park Map HERE], in 30 minute increments with 20 minutes between ensembles to allow for disinfecting and distanced arrivals/departures.  To select a rehearsal location, be sure to fill out our Sign-Up Form.  You must be registered to attend in-person rehearsals to be allowed into the rehearsal.  Singers may switch from virtual to in-person rehearsals only through written communication with the Chorale Coordinator and IF there is enough space in the in-person rehearsals to allow for proper social distancing.

Second semester we hope to be back in our rehearsal space at Broadway Christian Church (2601 W Broadway, Sanctuary) from 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Session Fees:

Reduced Chorale session fees for 2020-2021 are $70/semester or $135/year.  We want Columbia Chorale to be an accessible option for all, so several payment options are offered in order to best fit your needs. Scholarship assistance is available upon request.

For more information about the Chorale or for questions, please  contact us.