• 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


ACW Richard McPherson Head Shot

RICHARD McPHERSON,  holds the title professor emeritus at James Madison University, where he taught organ, harpsichord, music theory, and founded a degree program in  Sacred Music in the School of Music.  He earned the B. Music degree from the University of Michigan, M. Music from Wichita State University, Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan, with additional post-doctoral studies at Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music.

As a student, Richard studied piano with Charles Fisher and  organ with Marilyn Mason, Robert Glasgow, and Russell Saunders. Richard has been a life-long member of the American Guild of Organists having served as Faculty Advisor of the JMU Student Chapter, Sub-Dean of the Blue Ridge Chapter and, currently,  as Sub-Dean of the Winchester Chapter. In addition, he served on the Steering Committee for the AGO Region III Convention that was hosted by the Winchester Chapter in July 2013.

Throughout his career, he has maintained an active performance schedule in both solo and collaborative endeavors; major venues include appearances at the National Cathedral and National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C., the Cathedral of Mary Our Queen in Baltimore, and St. Thomas Church in New York City.  He has held positions as Organist or Organist/Director in Unitarian, Methodist, Congregational, Presbyterian, and Episcopal Churches in Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, and Virginia. He has recently accepted the position as Organist at Trinity Episcopal Church, Upperville, Virginia. Richard has assisted Michael Main as organist, pianist, harpsichordist, and rehearsal accompanist for the Arts Chorale of Winchester since its founding in 2001.