• 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

Testimonials

"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

SPRING 2015 CONCERT

Ola Gjeilo

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

***** ***** *****

8:00 pm. Saturday, April 25th

There will be a pre-concert chat with the artistic director, Michael Main at 7:15 pm

3:00 pm. Sunday, April 26th

There will be a pre-concert chat with the artistic director, Michael Main at 2:15 pm

***** ***** *****

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

26 West Boscawen Street

Winchester, Virginia

Suggested donation of $10 per adult at all concerts

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FRONT COVER AND POSTER CONTEST

Thank you to the young artists who participated in The Arts Chorale of Winchester’s art design contest this year.

The winning design will be featured on the front cover the 2015 Spring Concert…”From Heaven to Earth”.  It will also be the featured image on the poster promoting our concert.

Along with the being the featured image on the program and poster, the winner will receive a cash prize of $200 and a gift basket with a specially engraved rosewood pen & pencil set.   The other three participating artists will receive a cash prize of $75 and a gift basket with a specially engraved trophy.

This year’s entries for the contest are:

Sarah Carlton – John Handley High School – art teacher, Ms. Alli Di Giovanni

Lindsay Greer – Millbrook High School – art teacher, Ms. Lindsey Perrault

Bettina Wagner – John Handley High School – art teacher, Ms. Alli Di Giovanni

Jessica Yowell – John Handley High School – art teacher, Ms. Alli Di Giovanni

We were happy to have had two very talented artists from the Winchester area who judged this year’s competition.  Ms. Sally Myers (http://sallymyerssculpture.com/) and Mr. Don Black (http://donblackartist.com/).

We are proud to have the following sponsors for this contest:

Bright Box & Bright Center (http://www.brightboxwinchester.com/)

Phelps Funeral & Cremation Service (http://www.phelpsfunerals.com/)

Manes by Michael, LTD

Valley Vision Optometric Center (http://valleyvisioncenter.net/)

Labrador Entertainment (http://www.labradorentertainment.net/)

The Penny Pincher (http://wepinchpennies.com/)

Starbucks

The artwork is now hanging inside the Bright Center in downtown Winchester and is open to the public every day from 8 am to 6 pm until March 25th.

Congratulations to Lindsay Greer of Millbrook High School for her winning entry: “Jubilant Rhapsody”

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Lindsay Greer & Michael Main

Lindsay Greer (Millbrook High School) & Michael Main (ACW’s artistic director)

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Jessica Yowell (John Handley High School) with “Untitled”

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Bettina Wagner (John Handley High School) with “Sunrise Mass”

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Sarah Carlton (John Handley High School) with “Untitled”