The Chorale offers an opportunity for talented singers to use their voices to promote and present high quality chorale music for the enjoyment of the Jackson community. No auditions are required to be a part of the Jackson Michigan Chorale. You simply need to be high school age or older and have a desire to sing. We rehearse on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the JSO Weatherwax Hall in Downtown Jackson. Come join us!
Our History and Mission
The roots of the Chorale go back more than 100 years. A newspaper article from 1911 mentions the fine singing of the Jackson Choral Society upon the occasion of a visit from President Taft. Many groups formed and dissolved over the years, but the present Chorale made its official debut in 1955 in an appearance with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra. The Symphony, in its fourth season at that time, was under the direction of Pedro Paz. An outgrowth of a group formed for the 1954 Freedom Festival, the Chorale was organized by George V. Cripps, vocal music director at Jackson High School. The Chorale was reorganized the following year under the guidance of Jackson Junior College, now Jackson College. Mac William Disbrow was selected to direct the group. Many excellent conductors have led the group in the years since 1955, among them being Steven Jones, James Holleman and Thomas Sheets.
Today, the Chorale performs a repertoire from Bach to Bernstein to Broadway. The chorale even had the honor of presenting the premier performance of Jackson native J. Bruce Brown’s composition “Legacy of Vision – Martin Luther King.”
The creation of the Chorale filled a long standing need for a community chorus in 1955, but has gone many steps further since that time. Now an independent non-profit organization, the Chorale has nearly 100 singers who perform works of ever-increasing difficulty, providing an opportunity for talented singers in Jackson to use their voices to promote and present high quality choral music to the community.
The Chorale has expanded its mission to promote vocal music in the Jackson Michigan area. To meet their mission, the Chorale has established the Jackson Michigan Chorale Children’s Choir. In addition, the Chorale provides scholarships to summer music camp for local vocal music students.