• 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

 PREVIOUS CONCERTS:

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

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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

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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”

2013 – 2014 Season

“Choruses from the Stage”

April 26 & 27, 2014

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

“Remembrance and Anticipation”

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

Commissioned by the Arts Chorale of Winchester

and Herbert Howells ‘Requiem’

Performed by The Vocal Consort

November 23, 2013

Market Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

November 24, 2013

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

                             

2012 – 2013 Season

“Mass Appeal”

 featuring Louis Vierne’s ‘Messe Solennelle’

April 19, 2013

St. John’s Episcopal Church

Roanoke, VA

April 27, 2013

St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Charles Town, WV

April 28, 2013

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

“Pop, Swing and a Little Jazz” 

featuring Bob Chillcot’s ” A Little Jazz Mass”

performed by the Vocal Consort

April 21, 2012

Barns of Rose Hill

Berryville, Virginia

April 22, 2012

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

All Saint Episcopal Church

Rehoboth Beach, Delaware

“Bach and More for the Holidays”

featuring Bach’s ‘Magnificat in D’

With the Troubadours of C.D. Hylton High School

December 8 & 9, 2012

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

                             

2011 – 2012 Season

“Gloria”, A Pre-Season Holiday Concert

featuring John Rutter’s ‘Gloria’

November 19, 2011

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

November 20, 2011

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

“A Time of Sacred Remembrance”

10th Anniversary of 9/11

April 3, 2011

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

“Prelude to Choral Evensong”

May 1, 2011

Washington National Cathedral

Washington, DC

“Sing A New Song”

With Masterworks Chorus of the Shenandoah Valley

World Premier of “Over Jordan”

April 2, 2011

Muhlenberg Lutheran Church

Harrisonburg, Virginia

April 3, 2011

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

                             

2010 – 2011 Season

Handel’s ‘Messiah’ 

November 20, 2010

Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church

Winchester, Virginia

“A Tribute to Leonard Bernstein”

featuring ‘Chichester Psalms’

April 25, 2011

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

                              

2009 – 2010 Season

“In Praise of Music”

featuring ‘Ode to Saint Cecilia’ by G. F Handel

‘Saint Cecilia Mass’ by Charles Gounod

November 22, 2010

St. James the Greater Catholic Church

Charles Town, West Virginia

“Billings to Broadway”

April 25, 2009

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

April 26, 2009

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

                             

2008 – 2009 Season

“Celebrating the English Choral Tradition”

November 22, 2009

First Baptist Church

Winchester, Virginia

November 23, 2009

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

“Ensemble Debut Series Masterworks Festival”

featuring ‘Requiem’ by Gabriel Faure

May 24, 2008

John F. Kennedy Center

Washington, DC

 

“A Concert Honoring the Lives Lost in Iraq/Afghanistan”

featuring ‘Requiem’ by Gabriel Faure

April 5, 2008

First Baptist Church

Winchester, Virginia

April 6, 2008

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

 

“Choral Evensong”

March 9, 2008

Calvary Episcopal Church

Front Royal, Virginia

 

“Choral Evensong”

March 2, 2008

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Harrisonburg, Virginia

                              

2007 – 2008 Season

“A Pre-Season Holiday Concert”

November 17, 2008

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

 

“Sunday Service”

May 20, 2007

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Lewes, Delaware

 

“Brahms & Beyond”

May 14, 2007

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church

Lewes, Delaware

 

“Brahms to Broadway”

featuring ‘Liebeslieder Waltzes’ of Brahms

April 14 & 15, 2007

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

                             

2006 – 2007 Season

“A Celebration of American Music, Culture & History”

Alice Parker

November 19, 2007

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

 

“Bach- Handel Festival”

October 29. 2007

First Baptist Church

Winchester, Virginia

 

”Mass of the Children”

March 26, 2006

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

                               

2005 – 2006 Season

”Rejoice, Give Thanks and Sing”

featuring ‘Christmas Cantata’ by Daniel Pinkham

November 19, 2006

Front Royal Presbyterian Church

Front Royal, Virginia

November 20, 2006

Market Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

“Choral Evensong”

November 6, 2006

Calvary Episcopal Church

Front Royal, Virginia

 

“American Folk Songs and Music from the Movies”

April 9, 2005

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

April 10, 2005

Front Royal Presbyterian Church

Front Royal, Virginia

                               

2004 – 2005 Season

“Alleluia-Hallelujah”

featuring ‘Rejoice in the Lamb’ by Benjamin Britten

November 20, 2004

Trinity Episcopal Church

Upperville, Virginia

November 21, 2004

Market Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

 

“Bach- Handel Festival”

October 30, 2004

Braddock Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

                             

2003 – 2004 Season

“Brahms to Broadway”

featuring ‘Liebeslieder Waltzes’ of Brahms

April 17, 2004

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

April 18, 2004

Front Royal Presbyterian Church

Front Royal, Virginia

“Peace, Hope & Love”

April 5, 2003

Market Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

April 6, 2003

First Christian Church

Hagerstown, Maryland

“Choral Evensong”

December 7, 2003

Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Harrisonburg, Virginia

                               

2002 – 2003 Season

A Pre-Season Holiday Concert

“Gloria” – Poulenc

November 22 & 23, 2003

Market Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

 

“A Program of Sacred Remembrance”

A community observance of the anniversary of September 11, 2001

featuring ‘Mass in Time of War’ by Franz Joseph Haydn

Arts Academy Chorale and orchestra

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

“Bach-Handel Festival”

October 27, 2002

Winchester, Virginia

“A Time of Sacred Remembrance”

A community observance of the anniversary of September 11, 2001

featuring ‘Mass in Time of War’ by Franz Joseph Haydn

September 11, 2002

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia

                               

2001 – 2002 Season

“Testament of Freedom”

April 26, 2002

Armstrong Concert Hall

Shenandoah University

Winchester, Virginia

“Lessons and Carols”

December 9, 2001

Braddock Street United Methodist Church

Winchester, Virginia

“Inaugural Concert”

November 17 & 18 2001

Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church

Winchester, Virginia