GSCC Member Organization

Bellevue Chamber Chorus

Mailing Address:
PO Box 1714
Bellevue, WA 98009-1714
Electronic Contact:
Artistic Director: Dr. Fredrick Lokken
Founded: 1984
Next Anniversary: 2019-2020 academic year
Ensemble Type: Adult Auditioned Community Choir
(http://bellevuechamberchorus.org/auditions)
Size: 30 members
Yearly Contributions: $240
(Additional expectations: costume purchase, ticket sales, participation in fundraising activities)
Rehearses: Tuesdays, 7:00pm during the Academic Year at Bellevue Christian School, Clyde Hill, WA
(Rehearsals are weekly from 7 - 9:30 pm in Bellevue, with three 8-hour Saturday retreats per year.)

Description

Mission: Bellevue Chamber Chorus exists to enhance the community’s enjoyment and understanding of the choral arts by communicating the beauty of music.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus, founded in 1984, performs three major concerts each season, encompassing a variety of choral literature from the classical standards and contemporary works to “world music”, Broadway hits, and vocal jazz. The Chorus often joins other ensembles in performances of major choral/orchestral works, such as Mozart’s Vespers, Faure’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Brahms’ Requiem, and, most recently, John Rutter's Mass of the Children with the Bellevue Girlchoir and Bellevue Boychoir. The ensemble has premiered works by regional composers, including commissioned works for the Washington State Centennial Celebration, the grand opening of the Theatre at Meydenbauer Center, and a special 20th anniversary season commissioned piece, That Music Always Round Me, by Seattle composer, John Muehleisen. The Chorus has released three CDs, “Timeframes” and “Retrospective”, and our 2013 holiday CD, “Christmas Visions, Winter Dreams”.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus tours often and has performed in Carnegie Hall, various locations in Europe, the International Music Festival (2000) in Sydney, Australia, and twice at the invitational Kathaumixw International Choral Festival in Powell River, British Columbia, where they won first place in 2008 in the adult mixed chorus category. Other performances include the Leavenworth International Choral Festival, the international “Rolling Requiem” in memory of September 11th, as one of the regional choruses in the NEA sponsored American Masterpieces Choral Festival in Seattle, and in Kelowna, B.C. as part of the Okanogan Choral Society Series. The Chorus is planning a tour to the south of France in the summer of 2017.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus is a non-profit organization, which receives its support from the generous donations of people interested in fine musical experiences on the Eastside.

Dr. Fredrick Lokken: Conductor of collegiate, community, and church choirs in Minnesota, California, and the Seattle area for over twenty-five years, Dr. Lokken is in his fifteenth season as music director and conductor of the Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Under his direction the Chorus has gained a growing reputation for exciting performances of diverse and innovative programs from the traditional classics to contemporary music from around the world. He received his doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied under Abraham Kaplan and Joan Catoni Conlon. He has done further study with renowned choral conductors Joseph Flummerfelt, Helmuth Rilling, and Jon Washburn, and spent several years in the Netherlands doing choral research and writing. Dr. Lokken also holds a degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin and sang with the professional Dale Warland Singers. In addition to his work with the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Dr. Lokken is head of the Choral and Vocal Music program at Shoreline Community College, and is in frequent demand as a choral/vocal adjudicator throughout the region.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus is supported in part by the Bellevue Arts Commission and 4Culture.

Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Bellevue Chamber Chorus, March 2016
Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Bellevue Chamber Chorus, March 2016
Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Bellevue Chamber Chorus, March 2016
Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Bellevue Chamber Chorus, March 2016