• 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 seeks to inspire both performer and listener through performances that are challenging and enjoyable. Our season includes two performance weekends, November and April.

The Arts Chorale of Winchester

Announcing the
2017/2018 Concert Season

A Candlelight Christmas

featuring favorite carol settings including “Ave Maria” (Biebl),
“Shepherd’s Pipe Carol” (Rutter), “Tomorrow Shall Be My Dancing Day” (Willcocks), “A Spotless Rose” (Howells), and more!

Friday, December 1, 8pm
Saturday, December 2, 8pm

 Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
26 West Boscawen St., Winchester, VA

Adults $10 (children 12 and under free)
tickets may be purchased online (click HERE) or at the door

Sure On This Shining Night

choral settings by Samuel Barber and Morten Lauridsen,
along with other works, including Gabriel Faureʼs “Requiem”
commemorating the end of two major wars:
World War 1 (100 years), Korean War (65 years)

Saturday, April 21, 8pm
Sunday, April 22, 3pm

 Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church
26 West Boscawen St., Winchester, VA




Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart


with additional selections for strings and chorus

honoring the Feast of St. Cecilia

the Patron Saint of Music

Rebecca Petretta, Soprano

Sarah Maines, Mezzo-Soprano

William Lavonis, Tenor

James Rogers, Bass


Sacred Heart (Ubi Caritas III) by Ola Gjeilo

Ave Verum Corpus – Mozart

Introit – Requiem – Mozart

Kyrie – Requiem – Mozart

Dies Irae – Requiem – Mozart

Tuba Mirum – Requiem – Mozart

Rex Tremendae – Requiem – Mozart

Sanctus & Benedictus – Requiem – Mozart

Agnus Dei – Requiem – Mozart

Introit – Lux Eterna – Requiem – Mozart


World Premiere of “When Lilacs Last in the Door-yard Bloom’d” by Donald McCullough

Howell’s Requiem – First Movement – Salvator mundi

“Adam Lay Y Bounden” by James Laster

“Soon and Very Soon” by Andraé Crouch

Arts Chorale of Winchester – Impossible Dream 2014

Previous Concerts