History of the Falmouth Chorale
The Falmouth Chorale began in 1964 when thirteen musicians from several Falmouth churches planned a joint performance of Handel’s Messiah under the leadership of John Gerry-Karajanes and organist Father William C. Campbell and others. Thus was born the Falmouth Interfaith Choir, dedicated “to further the ecumenical movement through music”. The Choir became an integral part of Falmouth’s Christmas/Hanukkah and Easter/Passover seasons. When the choir was eventually incorporated in 1980, an additional purpose was added to the mission statement: “To further the public appreciation of music in Falmouth.” At the same time the Choir broadened its repertoire to include secular works and
to add an occasional instrumental ensemble.
From 1964-1991 a dozen choral directors continued the tradition of excellent concerts with rave reviews in community newspapers. In 1991 Frederick Johnson came to the area as the Falmouth High School Music teacher and also became Director of the Falmouth Interfaith Choir. Under his leadership, the Choir developed in strength and ability over the next
To mark its emergence as a community chorale, the group changed its name to the Falmouth Chorale in 2004. The Chorale added a fall concert to its season, as well as orchestral accompaniment for most performances. Additionally, the Chorale began the “Fred Johnson Scholarship” in 2008, awarded annually to a local high school student who is pursuing further music education.
Since 2007 the Falmouth Chorale has been led by Artistic Director John Yankee who has brought to the community stellar experience and energy to move the Chorale forward with a strategic plan, working committees, theory classes, a fourth annual concert of light music, and vocal music assessment.
Now, in its 50th year of performing choral music for audiences on the Upper Cape, the Chorale is delighted at how this organization has grown with the help of its directors and almost 1,000 singers over the years. Some singers have sung for 30, 40, even 90 concerts! An important Chorale goal in 2014 is to recognize Alumni of the Falmouth Interfaith Choir and of the Falmouth Chorale and re-engage them as Friends of Falmouth Chorale.
The Current Chorale
Today the Falmouth Chorale is composed of about 100 active singers, 16 of whom sing in the Chamber Chorale at community and private events. The Chorale is a group of ardent singers who love singing choral music and who want to improve their individual competencies and experience the joy of ensemble singing.
Falmouth Chorale members are your friends and neighbors, which makes the uplifting concert experiences all the more personal for audiences on the Upper Cape. If you are interested in joining the Chorale as a singer, please inquire at email@example.com.
Board of Directors for the 50th Season, 2013-2014
Diane Huban, President
Gail Donkin, Treasurer, Finance & Technology
Ed Dyer, Director
Erika Fox, Clerk, Outreach & Education
Andy Garber, Marketing
Doris Pierce, 50th Anniversary
Carolyn Powers, Marketing
Mary Swope, Development
Bruce Zimmerli, Director
The Falmouth Chorale Manager is Sarah Sadler. She can be reached at the Chorale Office at 774-392-2383. Her office hours are Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 am – 1 pm.