• 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

Announcing our 15th Season~!

AUTUMN – 2015



…a concert honoring the 150th anniversary – ending of the Civil War

featuring four Civil War poems of Walt Whitman

(choral settings by Jeffrey Van for SATB choir and classical guitar)

The ACW Vocal Consort

With guest guitarist:

Dr. Kenneth Meyer

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program to include a juxtaposition of Psalms and Spirituals (choral settings by Hogan, Johnson, Halloran, Rutter, Mathias, Howells, and Caracciolo)

Dr. Richard McPherson, organist/accompanist

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*Friday, November 20th @7:30pm.

Grace Episcopal Church

110 North Church Street, Berryville, Virginia

NOTE:  Vocal Consort’s solo performance

Admission by Donation ($10 per adult suggested)


Saturday, November 21st @8:00pm.

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

26 West Boscawen Street, Winchester, Virginia

Please join us for a pre-concert chat at 7:10 pm

Admission by Donation ($10 per adult suggested)


Sunday, November 22nd @3:00pm.

Trinity Episcopal Church

9114 John Mosby Highway, Upperville, Virginia

Please join us for a pre-concert chat at 2:10 pm

Admission by Donation ($10 per adult suggested)


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SPRING – 2016


“Happy Birthday, Bob and Alice!”

…a concert remembering the 100th birthday of Robert Shaw and honoring the 90th birthday of Alice Parker~

featuring Brahmsʼ Liebeslieder Waltzes, Op.52

(Robert Shaw edition)

along with other choral compositions/arrangements by Alice Parker

Admission by Donation ($10 per adult suggested)


Saturday, April 23rd @8:00pm.


Sunday, April 24th @3:00pm.

Armstrong Concert Hall Shenandoah University, Winchester, Virginia

Admission by Donation ($10 per adult suggested)