The Spokane Symphony is excited to announce new developments in the choral part of the organization. We had been planning to create more flexibility for the Director of the Spokane Symphony, James Lowe, by offering smaller project-based groups of singers. Then the pandemic made singing in live choral ensembles impossible. As all performing groups rebuild themselves into the most logical and useful configurations for their members and their host organizations.
The Spokane Symphony Chorale was established in 1955 as a volunteer organization singers and musicians performing choral music in this region. Since 1978 the Chorale has been an official entity of the Spokane Symphony. As part of the Spokane Symphony, they have performed a wide range of musical works with the orchestra, including Dvorak's Te Deum, Verdi's Requiem, Handel's Messiah, Britten's War Requiem, Mendelssohn's Lobgesang, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Mozart's C Minor Mass, Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, and Rachmaninoff's The Bells. In addition, they have performed in numerous operas, including Verdi's Rigoletto, Puccini's La boheme, and Bizet's Carmen.
About Dr. Meg Stohlmann
Dr. Meg Stohlmann is the director of choral and vocal studies at Gonzaga University where she conducts the Glee Club, Concert Choir and Chamber Singers. In addition, Meg also serves as the director of the Spokane Symphony Chorale. Most recently, she served as assistant professor of choral music education in the Hayes School of Music at Appalachian State University in North Carolina. There she conducted the Appalachian Glee Club, Appalachian Chorale, Appalachian Youth Chorale, and mentored many pre-service music educators.
Dr. Stohlmann is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and serves on the Northwest region’s board. She was also selected as one of six conductors to participate in the ACDA International Conductor’s Exchange program. She will host a conductor from Germany and travel to Germany in the summer of 2023 to represent the United States. Originally from Santa Rosa, California, Meg taught choir and guitar at the middle and high school level in Lexington, KY for six years and conducted the Danville Children's Choir. Her children's choir and high school advanced women's choirs performed at the Kentucky Music Educators State Conference in 2014 and 2015, respectively. She earned her Doctoral of Musical Arts Degree at the University of Washington and Masters degree in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting from the University of Kentucky.
A graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, Meg also served on active duty in the Air Force for 5 years in Arizona, Korea and Germany. She separated from the military in 2004 to pursue a second bachelor's degree in Music Education at Sonoma State University. Meg's lifelong love of choral music began as a charter member of the Santa Rosa Children's Chorus where she sang for over 10 years and credits with her decision to make music education her career.
The Chorale enjoys a dedicated volunteer base of over 80 singers from all across the metro Spokane area; including many who commute from Coeur d'Alene, Davenport, Sandpoint, Pullman, and many other locations. These musicians participate in the over 100 hours of volunteer rehearsal and performance time required for each concert season. The professions of these volunteers are varied and include music educators, church choir directors, opera and theater performers, doctors, nurses, realtors, salesmen, homemakers, and many others who come together to share a love of singing.
Every spring, the Chorale presents a concert to benefit the Symphony through the Cantabile chapter of Spokane Symphony Associates. These concerts provide a dedicated avenue for this magnificent ensemble to reach choral music lovers in the region as well as monetarily support the Symphony.
Auditions for our Holiday Pops and Beethoven's Ninth concerts will be held on Sunday, October 23, from 1pm to 5pm, at St. Gregory Choral Hall on the Gonzaga campus. Check out the map here.
A quick reminder: you do not need to bring or prepare anything except your voice! Thanks and we hope to see many of you soon!
Chorale Director: Dr. Meg Stohlmann
Pianist: John Conte
Pianist Sub: Scott Rednour
Kristen Nauditt* Stacia Cammarano Wanda Alger Holly Chase Ann Fennessy Sharon Fischer Jennifer Garcia Brook Gehring Melody Heaton Brittany Holden Jamie Kizer Anne LaBella Janet Kiser Lambarth Amber Lawson Anita Lewis Sara Maleki Brittany McEachran Kimberly Meinecke Maureen Miller Kathryn Munro Lori Parisot Lisa Phillips Rene Phillips Alexandra Rannow Grace Rowe Judy S. Sawyer Lucia Baratta Sessions Jennifer Snow Becky Soth Allison Wagstaff Rose Waterbury
Maria Stromberg* Linda Besse Jordyn Burdick Mary Cole Paulina Crownhart Becky Dahlager DawnElise DeWitt Talbot Sara Duggin Jenna Gigstead Jennifer Goodnight Jessica Hopf Amelia Kaufman Esther D. Kelley Kathryn Kleypas Catherine Miller Faith Mitchell Kristina Ploeger-Hekmatpanah Darnelle Preston Gretchen Ramey Hannah Reiman Michelle Scott Eldonna Shaw-Davis Salli Sledge Maggie Sullivan Irene TomarasSupica Viktoria Taroudaki Alice Thomas April Thompson Debbie Zimmerman
Brian Vaughn* Mike Bullard Trevor Bushnell Justin Gray Tim Kenagy Bobbi Kizer Dave Liezen Isaac Miller Logan Shevalier Brian Soth Jim Swoboda Tom Williams
Ryan Gunn* Alex Barclay Adam Gilbert Bartholomew Cedric Bidwell Williams Jeffrey Boen Brian A. Cheney Daniel Eyestone Lawrence Jones Ken Krall Louis Larsen Adam Lewis Richard Palmer Christian Skok Brent T. Stanyer Paul Steenblik Stephen Vigus Scott Waples Brent Wilcox Chuck Zimmerman