Who We Are
For well over a century, choral music, along with the local symphony orchestra, has been part of the Walla Walla Valley arts experience. However, let’s take a backward look to discover where community choral singing began in Walla Walla.
In 1905 one would not expect to find arts flourishing in Walla Walla; however, sixty singers, dubbing themselves the Walla Walla Choral Union sang two concerts for their first annual music festival.
A descendant of the Choral Union was the Walla Walla Symphony Chorale, formed in 1980. The Chorale performed Christmas concerts with the Walla Walla Symphony Orchestra as well as two or three concerts with a small orchestra or keyboard accompaniment for several years. Then in 1986, Dr. Robert Bode arrived to teach at Whitman College; eventually developing the former Symphony Chorale into a separate organization renamed the Walla Walla Choral Society.
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, The Choral Society is proud to celebrate 114 years of the gift of song to the Walla Walla Valley.