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, Hodie

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 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. He conducted the Peninsula Singers, Port Angeles Light Opera, Olympic Theater Arts productions and the Port Townsend Community Orchestra. He also guest-conducted the Port Angeles Symphony. He conducted the Nutcracker Ballet with Sylvia Wanner, performed many concerts with Nico Snel. He presented an afternoon of Hit Parade of the 1940's with Carol Swarbrick Dries, and in July, 2006, he and Gary McRoberts teamed on the musical "Forever Plaid" at Olympic Theater Arts. At Christmas, he often conducted a Messiah Sing-along in Sequim.

Mr Ehling 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.


Former Director

Dewey Ehling (1928-2016)

Peninsula Singers was 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

Linda Dowdell has roots in both jazz and classical music. For many years she toured the world as musical director of both Mikhail Baryshnikov’s White Oak Dance Project and the Mark Morris Dance Group. Her choral compositions have received premieres by such distinguished ensembles as the Schola Cantorum of Edinburgh and the NorthWest Women’s Chorale. She is the co-creator, with JoAnne Schmoll, of the cabaret musical Tin Pan Lady, and was awarded BMI’s Harrington Award for Creative Achievement in developing new work for the musical stage. Locally she directs the Summer Musical Theatre Intensive for Teens and Jazz at the Schoolhouse.

The Choir


2014-2015 Board of Directors

President: Patricia Guthrie

Vice-President: Valerie Lape

Secretary: Priscilla Patterson

Treasurer: Dori Beachler

Board Members: Pat Andrews, Karla Messerschmidt-Morgan, Ron Corrado, Hannah Hockett, Connie Jenkins, and Valerie Lape

2014-2015 Section Proctors

Soprano: Valerie Lape (360) 461-7019

Alto: Barbara Hughes (360) 683-3840

Tenor: Loraine Lovejoy-Evans (360) 417-9276

Bass: Joel Yelland (509) 322-5328

Our Normal Rehearsal Time and Place:

7-9 PM Thursdays at

Trinity United Methodist Church

100 S. Blake Avenue, Sequim

Librarian:   Pat Witt