Songs of Africa-America will be the theme of this Official 2017 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival event featuring spirituals and other music influenced by the African-American experience. Local voice instructor/soprano Leslie McEwen will join the Chorale as a featured soloist. Concert will be held at Grace Lutheran Church in Wenatchee.
The Columbia Chorale was formally organized in 1983 . In its early years the group of about 30 singers was affiliated with the North Central Washington Museum and held concerts there. Dr. Mike Hibbett was appointed director in 1999. Under his leadership the group has grown to a membership of more than 70 singers who perform three completely different concert repertoires each year as well as appearing at various community functions such as Festival of Trees, Leavenworth Choral Festival, and fund-raising events for organizations such as Spurs & Spokes, Mobile Meals and the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.