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OUR HISTORY:


Peninsula Singers began in 1988 as a chamber group called Peninsula Chamber Singers. Dennis Crabbe, Director of Music at Peninsula College, started the group and in 1990, Dewey Ehling took over as conductor and has directed for the past 17 years. In 2005, the name was changed to Peninsula Singers to reflect the larger and growing size of the chorale. Though the group started as a chamber group it has expanded its size in order to do large choral works with orchestra. It retains its chamber concept, however, and will occasionally feature a chamber group in concerts.


The singers are made up of experienced singers from the North Olympic Peninsula. Many have had college experience, some professional. A few are music majors. The goal of all is to sing the best choral literature available. While we have mostly post-college singers, we do include a few younger inexperienced singers who have shown vocal promise and the desire to gain experience and familiarity with the repertoire.


Among the hundreds of works performed in the past years are:

Bach: Magnificat, St. Matthew Passion

Beethoven: Mass in C

Brahms: Shicksalslied

Brubeck: La Fiesta de la Posada

Durufle: Requiem Mass

Faure: Requiem Mass

Gounod: St Cecilia Mass

Handel: Messiah

Haydn: Nelson Mass

Mozart: Requiem Mass, Grand Mass, Solemn Vespers

Carl Orff: Carmina Burana

Schubert: Mass in G

Randall Thompson: Frostiana

Rutter: Requiem

Vivaldi: Gloria

Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem

and much more!


We have done selections from major musical productions such as Steven Sondheim's Into the Woods, Andrew Lloyd Weber's Cats, and several full-length productions of Menotti's Amal and the Night Visitors in full costume and staging. In addition we have performed many art, folk and gospel works by various composers.


We are still growing! We will continue to perform the finest choral work by classic and contemporary composers of all persuasions for all audiences.

In 1968 he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he taught music in the school system and in 1978, became Director of Music for the Anchorage School District. In 1979 he took his Community Chorus to Kansas City, MO to perform at the American Choral Director's Association International Convention. The 100 voice chorus received a 15 minute standing ovation. He toured extensively with this group and the Anchorage Youth Symphony. Included in the tours were several Canadian visits, two trips to England and Scotland, a 30-day tour of New Zealand and Australia, a trip to Washington, D.C. and concerts in Carnegie Hall and Avery Fischer Hall in New York.


He has prepared choruses and orchestras for Michael Carry, Donald Johanos, Rainer Miedel, Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, and Gunther Shuller. He has appeared with Peter Schickele, Peter Nero and Dave Brubeck.


In 1989 Mr. Ehling retired from Anchorage and moved to Port Angeles. Since living here, he has conducted Peninsula Singers, Port Angeles Light Opera, Olympic Theater Arts productions and the Port Townsend Community Orchestra. He has also guest-conducted the Port Angeles Symphony. He has conducted the Nutcracker Ballet with Sylvia Wanner, performed many concerts with Nico Snel, and next June, will present an afternoon of Hit Parade of the 1940's with Carol Swarbrick Dries, and in July, 2006, he and Gary McRoberts will team on the musical "Forever Plaid" at Olympic Theater Arts. This December 28th, he will conduct a Messiah Sing-along in Sequim.


Mr Ehling has received many awards and acclamations among which are the American Spirit Honor Medal while in the Marine Corps, and Teacher of the Year for the State of Alaska. When he retired, Anchorage Mayor Tony Knowles, later to become Governor, proclaimed a day in June, 1986, Dewey W. Ehling Day. He was presented with a key to the city at his final appearance with the Anchorage Community Chorus. In November 2005, Mr. Ehling was Presented the Biz Gherke award from the Port Angeles Symphony.

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OUR DIRECTOR:


Peninsula Singers is fortunate to have Dewey Ehling as its Musical Director.


Mr. Ehling graduated in 1950, with a bachelors degree in Music Education from Bethany College. Following active duty with the Marines during the Korean Conflict He conducted orchestras and choirs in the bay area, and played oboe with the San Francisco Conservatory Orchestra and with the U.C. Berkeley Orchestra.

Our Accompanist


A native of Fargo, North Dakata, Sandy Rawson studied with Dieter Weber at the Musik Akademie in Vienna, Anton Kuerti at the Aspen School of Music in Colorado, and Earl Rymer at the University of Minnesota. During her long tenure in the Fargo-Moorhead area, she was well established as the most sought after accompanist and large ensemble pianist, performing with all the major organizations including opera, symphony, choral, ballet, universities and public schools. She frequently appeared on faculty and guest artist recitals at the three local universities and was accompanist-in-residence at Breckenridge Music Festival, Breckenridge, CO (1990-922). An active church organist from age 14, she currently plays for Sequim Community Church.

The Choir

Leadership

2009-2010 Board of Directors


President: Viletta Skillman

Vice-President: Valerie Lape

Secretary: Vicki Helwick

Treasurer: Dori Beachler

Board Members: Marilyn Carlson, Brian Doig, Sharlene Miller, John Silver, and Bran Sundt

2009-2010 Section Proctors


Soprano: Karen Pritchard

Alto: Barbara Hughes

Tenor: Byron Nelson

Bass: Joel Yelland

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Our Normal Rehearsal Time and Place:


7-9 PM Thursdays at

St. Luke’s Espiscopal Church

525 N. Sequim Avenue, Sequim

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