The Valley Chamber Chorale
Brief History of the Valley Chamber Chorale
Building on an nucleus of singers who were graduates of Larry Wittig’s Paradise Valley High School Concert Choir, the group invited Christopher Samuel in 1988 to become conductor and artistic director, and expanded into a community choir that included members from all parts of the Valley. Ultimately reorganizing as an auditioned chamber choir under a not-for-profit status, the group eventually took the name “Valley Chamber Chorale” in order to reflect the breadth of the area communities represented by its members.
Since 1988, the ensemble has performed at the state convention of the Music Educators National Conference in 1991 and 1995, the Western Region Convention of the American Guild of Organists in 1995, and the “World’s Largest Organ Concert” with guest artist, Joan Lippincott, in 1996. The group’s compact disc of Renaissance motets and madrigals, O Sing Joyfully, was released in 1996, and can be found in bookstores locally and in select cities nationally.
The Valley Chamber Chorale is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to enlightening the community and enriching its culture. Through skilled performances of choral programs featuring an eclectic repertoire with emphasis upon unaccompanied works of the Renaissance and selections by Twentieth Century American composers, the Chorale offers entertaining and educational concerts at a variety of venues throughout the Phoenix Metropolitan area.