"Keeping the joy of great choral music alive!" The mission of the Central Chamber Chorale is to share the performance of choral music in a variety of styles, reaching out to the Central Wisconsin community.
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Central Chamber Chorale: Keeping the Joy of Great Choral Music Alive
Background, Purpose and Leadership

The Central Chamber Chorale was organized in 1971, by Dr. Jerry Schroeder, music instructor at the University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County Center. A small core of Marshfield and Wisconsin Rapids singers performed the first concert. Other Central Wisconsin residents from Medford, Curtiss, Auburndale, Spencer, Stratford, Neillsville, Owen, Loyal, Pittsville, Colby and Arpin have subsequently joined the Chorale at various times.  The current director, Dr. Richard Brunson, is the 8th since the group’s inception.

The Central Chamber Chorale presents major choral literature, sacred and secular, accompanied and unaccompanied, from all musical periods, for Central Wisconsin communities. Two concert series are performed each year -- fall and spring. The two regular concert sites are Wisconsin Rapids and Marshfield with an additional site rotated between Abbotsford and Medford. Membership is by audition.  Rehearsals are on Tuesday evenings at University of Wisconsin Marshfield/Wood County choir room. The size of the group has varied from 25 to more than 40 singers who come from a wide variety of backgrounds and musical experiences. But when these different people come together it is to learn not only the notes and rhythms, but to strive for the heart of the musical message. This is the joy the Chorale hopes to express to singers and listeners alike.

Highlights from the Chorale’s history include an American Bicentennial concert with guest conductor, Robert DeCormier; a performance at the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association convention; and several broadcasts on Wisconsin Public Radio. Larger works performed by the group (some with orchestra and guest soloists) have included Bach’s Sing Ye to the Lord, Cantata#4 and Mass in b minor; Mozart’s Regina Coeli, Requiem, Missa brevis in F; Hayden’s Creation; Honegger’s King David; Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb; Vaughn Williams’ Mass in g minor; Pinkham’s Wedding Cantata; Copland’s In the Beginning; Rutter’s Gloria; Durufle’s Requiem; Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom. Additionally, a myriad of shorter choral pieces from the Renaissance through the 20th century have found their places in Chorale programs.

Support for Central Chamber Chorale comes through an annual fund drive in November, membership contributions and audience donations at concerts. It has been Chorale policy never to charge admission, thus making our concerts accessible to anyone who wishes to attend. In-kind support includes most concert sites and rehearsal space at UW-Marshfield/Wood County.

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