The choir’s origin stems from the Washington Community Choir that for years was under the direction of Mr. G. Richard Zimmerman. Since its rebirth under the direction of Mr. Matthew Boice as the Washington Festival Chorale, the choir has performed a wide variety of choral literature.
Highlights of the choir’s past seasons include: Handel’s Messiah and Vivaldi’s Gloria with the Trinity High School Orchestra; Holiday Pops concerts with the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra; the Frontier League All-Star Game at Consol Energy Field; the July 4th Party in the Park celebration, and Orff’s Carmina Burana with the Trinity High School Wind Ensemble.
In the spring of 2005, the choir hosted young opera star, Ms Diba Alvi as guest soloist in a program of opera and operetta choruses. In December of 2006 the choir hosted Pittsburgh Symphony Principal Harpist, Gretchen Van Hoesen in a performance of Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.
Our fall 2007 performances included Holst’s Christmas Day as we shared the Trinity Auditorium stage with the Washington Symphony Orchestra. John Rutter’s Gloria was presented at First Presbyterian Church complete with Brass, Organ, and the Center Church Handbell Choir.
In May 2008 the choir again joined with the talented students of Trinity High School, this time with the Jazz Ensemble for An Evening of Jazz. That performance included Take Five, At Last, and Sentimental Journey. Then we changed our style (and attire) for A Boar’s Head Feast in December where our members performed a comedic play with song, Christmas in the Court of King Henry.
The choir continues to be involved with the community by presenting concerts that have benefited Habit for Humanity, The Citizens’ Library, and by co-hosting performances for the local Artist’s Co-Op and The Church of the Covenant’s day school.