Who We Are
The Walla Walla Choral Society and its predecessors have delivered the gift of song to our community for more than 116 years. In late 2019, the Society’s Board completed a new strategic plan that included the creation of a new Children’s Chorus and plans to build enhanced collaborations and mutual support throughout our performing arts community. However, like so many organizations and businesses, the pandemic postponed and cancelled in-person rehearsals and concerts. Nevertheless, many of the Choral Society’s 60+ singers stayed connected throughout 2020 via video rehearsals. This was both in anticipation that conditions would improve to allow for in-person rehearsals and concerts, and because they enjoy each other’s company!
The Board of Directors has made the tough decision to cancel the Good Vibrations concert scheduled for this spring. In light of the restrictions placed on gatherings due to COVID, it is very apparent to us that we will not be able to gather to rehearse in person for this concert anytime soon. We are working with the Gesa Power House Theatre to reschedule the concert for March 2022.
Despite losing planned revenue from ticket sales and concert sponsors, the Choral Society has been very fortunate to receive continued financial support from businesses, grants, and individuals. “We are truly grateful and humbled by the generosity of our community, especially from our member singers and many businesses that continued or increased their financial support as we had to postpone and cancel performances,” said Bob Schumacher, WWCS Board President.
The Choral Society, as a vital member of the vibrant local arts culture, has provided a special opportunity for community members, children’s choirs, and other arts organizations to perform with the Choral Society in their new performance venue, The Gesa Power House Theatre.