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 current concert plan is to perform “Our Songs of Joy” on Nov. 28 & 29, 2021 and “Good Vibrations” on March 13 & 14, 2022, both at Gesa Power House Theatre. Both have been extensively rehearsed; most music is in hand and will be performed. It is critical to honor the preparation of the choir and the support and anticipation of our many patrons by performing these two concerts, both of which were originally scheduled for the 2019-2020 concert season, but were cancelled due to Covid-19. We were within a week of performing “Good Vibrations” in March, 2020, when we were shut down. Patrons have already purchased tickets for this concert. “Our Songs of Joy” would have been performed in Dec. 2020. The new Artistic Director may have some leeway in setting final details of these two concerts, but for the most part they will be performed as planned.
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.
Walla Walla Choral Society Board of Directors
Jean Esteb - Board Member
Christina Feigner - Associate Board Member
Linda Fry - Board Member
Brenden Koch - Board Member
Janet Perry - Board Member
Audrey Renaud - Vice President
Bob Schumacher - President
Chuck Templeton - Secretary/Treasurer
Jim Wilson - Board Member