NorthWest Women's Chorale prepares for second winter concert

"Sing Gloria!" the NorthWest Women's Chorale's second winter concert, will celebrate the joyous holiday season with music selected from varied ethnic and spiritual perspectives.

Under the leadership of director Joy A. Lingerfelt, the women's ensemble will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7, at Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave. in Sequim and at

7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 301 Lopez Ave. in Port Angeles. Admission is by donation.

A highlight of the program promises to be the performance of Hungarian composer Gregory Orban's "Mass #6 for Treble Voices," a joyous, exciting and energetic musical rendering of original Christian worship themes. In addition, the concert will feature music from several different nations, a song celebrating Hanukkah and a retelling of the Christmas story from a Canadian First People's perspective.

Finally, the audience will be invited to join in the fun for what has become a favorite tradition: the NWWC sing-along!

The NorthWest Women's Chorale emerged in late 2006 from the musical dreams of a half-dozen women who love to sing. The group debuted in spring 2007 and has appeared at local churches, the Monday Musicale and a flood victims' benefit concert in Chehalis. In addition to its upcoming concerts in Port Angeles and Sequim, the ensemble recently was invited to perform at Trinity Lutheran Church in Lynnwood, its first "I-5 corridor" concert.

The NWWC also has been invited to sing at the Christmas tree lighting ceremony in Port Angeles, at 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29, at First and Laurel streets.

Lingerfelt, founding director of NWWC, has lived on the North Olympic Peninsula for six years. In addition to directing the Northwest Women's Chorale, she accompanies the Peninsula Men's Gospel Singers and serves as minister of music and worship arts at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Port Angeles.

She has directed community chorus organizations in Washington and in Tennessee as well as serving as a musical director for a number of theater productions. A gifted pianist as well as choral director, she recently performed several four-hand compositions with Port Angeles Symphony director Adam Stern, who has expressed a desire for a rematch!

Kristin A. Brye, NWWC's accompanist, is not content with mastering just one instrument. In addition to being a gifted pianist, she plays French horn with the Port Angeles Symphony, directs musicals for PALOA and coaches vocalists. She has served on the music faculties of Pacific Lutheran University and the University of Alaska, Anchorage, where she also served as musical administrator and assistant conductor of the Anchorage Opera from 1996-2002. She accompanies other local groups while maintaining a full schedule of teaching horn and piano.

NWWC's mission is to share the joy of singing from the repertoire of exceptional music composed or arranged for women's voices. Presently 19 strong, the NWWC welcomes women to audition who are attracted to the group's mission and musical style. Check Web site www. or e-mail for further information.

NorthWest Women's Chorale winter concert

Sunday, Dec. 7, 3 p.m., Dungeness Valley Lutheran Church, 925 N. Sequim Ave.

Monday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.,

Holy Trinity Church,

301 Lopez Ave., Port Angeles.

Admission by donation

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