Valley Chamber Chorale

A Truly Unique Valley Experience

The Valley Chamber Chorale is a unique artistic organization dedicated to providing classical, contemporary, jazz and sacred vocal performances of the highest caliber. Our programs consistently reflect the rich cultural heritage of the St. Croix Valley and incorporate guest artists from across the country.  The Chorale is widely regarded as one of the leading arts organizations in Washington County, the St. Croix Valley and the state of Minnesota.

The Valley Chamber Chorale was originally formed in 1975 as a creative outlet for adults with previous musical experience who sought an opportunity to perform sophisticated works not normally attempted by church choirs and other singing groups.

SINGERS:
Valley Chamber Chorale members are talented singers committed to a high standard of performance. Just as our concerts display a dynamic diversity in programming and instrumentation, so do our singers reflect marvelous variety.

Our members are educators and students, physicians and attorneys, stay-at-home moms, clergy, pilots, corporate executives and professional musicians. Some have sung with the Chorale for more than 30 years – some have sung just a year.

Chorale members tend to be actively involved in the community and sing with the group as a way to share the gift of music with our St. Croix Valley audiences. There are those who travel as far as 40 miles and some who walk down the block to meet for our Monday night rehearsals. The group is very welcoming toward new members.

To learn more about becoming a member or arranging for an audition please email Interim Artistic Director Daryl Timmer at dltmosc@gmail.com or call the VCC directly at (651) 430-0124.

In this his 20th season with the Valley Chamber Chorale, Daryl Timmer was appointed Artistic Director. For the past eleven seasons he has served as assistant director for the VCC. Daryl also serves as Director of Choirs at Woodbury High School (WHS). His responsibilities at WHS include directing three curricular choirs: Concert Choir, Choralaires and Varsity Choir, two extra-curricular ensembles: Chamber Singers and Viva Voce as well as teaching individual and group voice lessons. Daryl is also responsible for the annual Cabaret production put on by the choral music department. Previous to his current position, Daryl served as an elementary music specialist in South Washington County Schools and in the Eden Prairie Public Schools. Daryl is the assistant director and music director for the WHS fall musical, music department chair and a site team member.

Daryl holds an undergraduate degree in K-12 Vocal and Classroom Music from the University of Northwestern, St. Paul, MN and earned his Master of Music degree in Music Education with a choral conducting emphasis from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. Daryl is an active member of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME), Minnesota Music Educators Association (MMEA), Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA).

THE MISSION:
The Valley Chamber Chorale produces and presents high-quality musical programming in the St. Croix valley that engages our greater Twin Cities audience and enhances their appreciation of music as expressed by the human voice. We accomplish this for our audience and singers when we:

  • Strive for musical excellence
  • Seek new artistic challenges
  • Keep our concerts affordable and accessible
  • Vary our repertoire
  • Support and commission new choral works

COMMISSIONING SOCIETY:
Since the Renaissance, patronage of the arts has evolved from the monarchy, to the church, the nobility and the wealthy, and now to all lovers of art and music. You too can participate in the creation of new music for the 21st century by becoming a member of the Commissioning Society.

Through the work of the Commissioning Society, the Valley Chamber Chorale has successfully commissioned new works by Stephen Paulus, John Leavitt, Jeanie Brindley-Barnett, David Evan Thomas, Aaron David Miller and other fine composers. Together the Society and the Chorale continue this creative process by commissioning new music to be enjoyed by Valley Chamber Chorale audiences in the years to come.

To become a member, simply contribute $500 or more to the Valley Chamber Chorale Commissioning Society. Your donation is tax deductible. For your convenience, you can either donate online or send a check (with “Commissioning Society” written on the memo line) to:  Valley Chamber Chorale, P.O. Box 352, Stillwater, MN 55082.

All commissioning funds provided by the Society members will be used solely for commissions and not for other expenses. If you are a member of the Society, with your permission we will prominently list your name in our concert programs.

JOIN US:
Auditions are held in late summer. For your audition please prepare a solo (sacred, secular, art song, etc). Memorization is not required. Other parts of the audition include doing vocalises and vocal exercises to determine range, voice part and intonation. You will also be asked to do sight-reading and tonal memory exercises. Auditions are by appointment and will last approximately 15 minutes.

For further information and to schedule an audition,
contact the director:

Daryl L. Timmer
dltmosc@gmail.com
(651) 430-0124