GSCC Member Organization
PO Box 1714
Bellevue, WA 98009-1714
(Additional expectations: costume purchase, ticket sales, participation in fundraising activities)
(Rehearsals are weekly from 7 - 9:30 pm in Bellevue, with three 8-hour Saturday retreats per year.)
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, Rutter's Mass of the Children, and a collaboration with Seattle's City Cantabile Choir on Ariel Ramirez' Misa por la Paz y la Justicia. 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 toured the south of France as part of the “Festival International Choral en Provence” 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.
About Dr. Fredrick Lokken, Artistic Director: Conductor of collegiate, community, and church choirs in Minnesota, California, and the Seattle area for nearly thirty years, Dr. Fredrick Lokken is in his eighteenth season as music director and conductor of 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.
Dr. Lokken received the DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Abraham Kaplan and Joan Conlon, and has studied further with such eminent conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Jon Washburn. He also holds a degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin, and sang with the professional Dale Warland Singers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for several years.
In addition to his work with the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Dr. Lokken was the Director of Choral Music at Shoreline Community College until retiring in June of 2016, and continues to serve in his capacity as Vocal Instructor.
Bellevue Chamber Chorus is supported in part by the Bellevue Arts Commission and 4Culture.