Master Chorus Eastside announces relief concert

March 22, 2011

Master Chorus Eastside is lending a hand to disaster victims in Japan.

The organization — and its many members from Issaquah and Sammamish — plans a fund drive for the earthquake-stricken nation as part of the Bach “St. John Passion” concert at 3 p.m. March 27. The concert is at the Kirkland Performance Center, 350 Kirkland Ave. Learn more at the chorus’ website, www.masterchoruseastside.org.

Proceeds from the concert support relief efforts by Federal Way-based World Vision, a faith-based nonprofit organization.

World Vision is working around the clock in a hard-hit coastal community, Minami Sanriku.

“These needs I’m seeing in my own country are as bad as anything I’ve seen globally,” World Vision Relief Manager Kenjiro Ban said. “Priority needs include supplies for babies and small children, and next steps will include setting up child-friendly spaces, which are safe places for children where they can be protected, have structure and playtime, and begin to deal with the stress of the traumatic events they’ve just experienced.”

Who’s News

February 8, 2011

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation gets new counselor

Wayne Dykstra

CrossPath Counseling & Consultation in Sammamish welcomes Wayne Dykstra MA, LMHC, to its counseling staff.

Dykstra is an experienced psychotherapist and holds a master’s degree in psychology from Seattle University. He has counseled youth and families regarding a wide variety of issues including family conflict, anxiety, depression and substance abuse.

In addition, he is a certified child and adolescent mental health specialist. He will be available by appointment, Monday to Saturday, at the CrossPath offices in Sammamish Commons Park, 550 222nd Place S.E., Sammamish.

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Master Chorus Eastside holding auditions for open sections

December 14, 2010

Master Chorus Eastside is holding auditions for openings in the alto, tenor and bass sections for the remainder of its season.

The chorus presents J.S. Bach’s “St. John Passion” in March, and in celebration of its 20th season, a retrospective of time called “Seasons of Life” in May. The season concludes in June with its popular “All-American Independence Celebration” at Pickering Barn.

All interested singers must have choral music experience and basic music reading ability. For an audition appointment, call 392-8446. Learn more at www.masterchorus-eastside.org.

Master Chorus Eastside celebrates 20 years of ‘ingenious’ creativity

November 30, 2010

The Master Chorus Eastside opens its 20th season Dec. 4 with ‘A Victorian Christmas.’ File

For 20 years, Master Chorus Eastside has been gracing the Issaquah area with a variety of music and an abundance of skill.

The chorus will open its 20th season Dec. 4 at Eastlake Performing Arts Center in Sammamish with “A Victorian Christmas.” The performance will feature Victorian Christmas songs, like “Masters in This Hall” and “A Virgin Most Pure,” as well as more familiar Christmas songs, including “The 12 Days of Christmas” and “Deck the Halls,” according to Conductor Linda Gingrich. Read more

Master Chorus hosts auditions for its 20th season

September 21, 2010

In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, Master Chorus Eastside has put together an extra-special year of 2010-11 performances, and is holding auditions in all sections.

It will produce holiday concerts in Sammamish and Kirkland in December, perform a staged version of Bach’s powerful “St. John Passion” in March, and with an eye on its 20-year history, perform a whimsical choral overview of the passage of time in May. It concludes its season in June with two performances of its popular All-American Independence Celebration in Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn.

All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music-reading ability. Call 392-8446 for an audition appointment. Learn more at www.masterchoruseastside.org.

Master Chorus Eastside hosts auditions for its 20th season

September 7, 2010

In celebration of its 20th anniversary season, Master Chorus Eastside has put together an extra-special year of 2010-11 performances, and is holding auditions in all sections.

It will produce holiday concerts in Sammamish and Kirkland in December, perform a staged version of Bach’s powerful “St. John Passion” in March, and with an eye on its 20-year history, perform a whimsical choral overview of the passage of time in May. It concludes its season in June with two performances of its popular All-American Independence Celebration in Issaquah’s historic Pickering Barn.

All interested singers must have choral experience and basic music-reading ability. Call 392-8446 for an audition appointment. Learn more at www.masterchoruseastside.org.

Master Chorus Eastside sings of ‘Cathedral Glory’

May 11, 2010

Jody Warren hadn’t sung since graduating from high school in 1976. When the ’90s rolled around, she got that itch to sing again.

“I found this class the city’s Park and Recreation Department was doing that gave me the courage to try it,” Warren said.

The class was Issaquah Chorale, created by Linda Gingrich, who herself had been out of conducting and figured it was the best route to get back in.

“I had a desire to start a community chorus,” said Gingrich, a longtime Issaquah resident, now 58. “It’s a wonderful way to make music with its communal structure.”

Now in its 19th season, and as of four years ago a new name, Master Chorus Eastside has been attracting people of all sorts and stripes, Gingrich said. What started with just 20 members, all but two being women, now has about 50 singers, with Warren still counting herself among its members.

“I just fell in love with it,” she said. “I immediately decided it was exactly what I needed in my life. It’s been a joy to sing with this group. I call it my weekly therapy session.”

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Master Chorus Eastside’s tenth annual All-American Independence Celebration is Sunday

June 27, 2009

NEW — Noon, June 27, 2009

Master Chorus Eastside once again presents its very popular All-American Independence Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday at Pickering Barn, 1730 10th Ave. N.W.

Full of fun, patriotic music and historical tidbits, this year’s celebration highlights American “firsts,” those extraordinary people and events that have blazed trails for others to follow.

Admission is $9 per person (children 9 and younger are free) or $25 per family.

For more information and tickets, call the Master Chorus Eastside office at 392-8446 or go here.

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