The choir has a wide range of people of age, place
Due to a group of singers who bonded over music in the 1970s, Friends of Music formed before changing their name to Palouse Choral Society in 2011, creation of an outlet for singers at La Palouse.
Miranda Kling, a microbiologist in the WSU Animal Diagnostics Laboratory, found her outlet in music as a youngster, singing for her high school choir as well as the WSU Concert Choir, she said.
After graduating from WSU in 2019, she decided to audition for the Palouse Choral Society, a choir that allows anyone in the greater Palouse area to audition and get involved, Kling said.
“It includes three different choirs – the Chorale, which is the main body, it’s the largest group in the choir,” Kling said. “The chamber, which is made up of a few select people who auditioned for this extra choir to sing more, and then there’s also a children’s choir, which we call Treble choir.”
Because the Palouse Choral Society brings together individuals from across the community, there are about 60 group members and their ages vary throughout, Kling said.
“I’m one of the youngest members at 23, and then it goes all the way to retired people, if I had to guess there are probably some members who are in their 70s and 80s,” Kling said. “But we all have one thing in common and that is that we love to sing.”
Matthew Myers, artistic director of the Choral Society and assistant professor of choral music education at WSU, finds his life surrounded by music, he said.
“While I love my job at WSU and enjoy working with young singers, I also think singing is something that really should be nurtured throughout your life,” Myers said. “So the Palouse Choral Society has younger singers, retired singers, just people who love to sing, who do it regardless of what career path they’ve chosen.”
In addition to fueling his fire for music and conducting, Myers loves that the Palouse Choral Society is able to create so many connections in the surrounding area, he said.
“The Choral Society doesn’t just serve Pullman, it serves our entire region. We have singers from Moscow, Lewiston and Clarkston, from Palouse and Troy,” Myers said. “So it’s not just about building community within our city, but with our wider region. It’s a really nice way to feel connected on a larger level.
The Choral Society is giving its very first concert of the season on Sunday, October 30 at 4:00 p.m. at Moscow High School, Kling said. The concert is called “Oh, what fear!” in honor of Halloween.
“If you are a person who loves to sing, it’s not too late to find yourself a place to sing here in this community. So you can visit palousecoralsociety.org for more information on participation,” Myers said.