• Mission statement: To enrich the lives of our singers, audiences, and communities and to sustain the tradition of the choral arts by presenting superior performances of sacred and secular music.
  • "We are blessed to have a director and an accompanist who are not only extremely talented at what they do, but also engender a love of fine music and instill that desire and dedication to giving our very best in each one of us."
    Betty Cunningham, alto
  • "The opportunity to be a part of this enthusiastic group of singers is a real joy! It has been said that "music washes away from the soul the dust of every-day life." If this is so, then making music with the chorale under the direction of Michael Main provides the polish and the shine."
    Ellen Adams, soprano
  • "An amateur singer my entire life, I have sung with various groups all over the U.S... I carefully researched several area choruses until I found just the "right" choral fit for me - the ACW. It is a tremendous JOY to be singing again with such a wonderful group, a superb director, and most capable accompanist. Hooray!"
    Barb Savidge, tenor


"The Arts Chorale of Winchester is a musical experience worthy of notice by all who love music in Winchester and beyond."
-Owen W. Lowe

"What a joyful time I'm having! Inspiring music, wonderful friendships, and a top-notch director and accompanist."
-Carole Pumphrey

"I have participated in church choirs all of my life with no formal training. Michael has taken my enjoyment and personal enrichment of music to new levels. He teaches us skills that carry over from season to season. It's hard work, but the results are a new high for me."
-Dave Thalman, baritone

The Arts Chorale of Winchester


Ola Gjeillo

Sunrise Mass

for strings and eight part chorus

with additional unaccompanied choral selections


Francis Poulenc

Organ Concerto

for strings, timpani and organ

Richard McPherson, Organist

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8:00 pm. Saturday, April 25th

4:00 pm. Sunday, April 26th

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Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

26 West Boscawen Street

Winchester, Virginia

Suggested donation of $10 per adult at all concerts



On behalf of the Arts Chorale or Winchester, its board and its artistic director, Michael Main, we like to present a great opportunity to all the area high school art students.

We have done joint projects and collaborations with other chorale groups in the past, both with adult and high schools choirs; presenting some original work by local composers to major works performed with professional soloists and orchestra.

This year we are offering a different kind of collaboration of the chorale arts with the visual arts.   By using the music that is part of our Spring Concert, we are asking the artists to create an artistic image that will be used in the promotion of the concert and that will be the featured image of the front cover of our concert program.

We will be giving away cash prizes and other prizes to the 1st place ($200), 2nd place ($100) and 3rd place ($50) winners.  We are hoping to have an art exhibition for this collaboration as well.

Here is the link for the guidelines, the application and video clips to the music and the composers to help with inspiration: