Kirkland Choral Society’s mission is to give our community opportunities to experience and learn about choral music at its finest.
We all share the beauty and rich heritage of this music through live performances that uplift and inspire our members and patrons. Some of the ways in which we accomplish this mission
• Regularly performing a wide-ranging repertoire of classical and modern choral masterworks
• Presenting information about the history, musical craft, and cultural meaning of choral music
• Creating opportunities for musical training and performance for community members, in a challenging, supportive, and enjoyable environment
Kirkland Choral Society is a non-profit organization chartered by the State of Washington and holds federal 501(c)(3) tax status.
An engaging personality, accomplished musician, and inspiring conductor, Glenn R. Gregg has been a professional in the field of choral conducting for more than 25 years.
Dr. Gregg holds a doctoral degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Abraham Kaplan and Joan Conlon, and a Master of Music degree (with distinction) in conducting from California State University, Northridge, where he studied with Pacific Chorale director John Alexander and was the graduate teaching assistant.
Dr. Gregg has also worked with renowned choral conductors Charles Hirt and Howard Swan and has prepared choruses for performance with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. In addition to his choral conducting degrees, he holds a Bachelor’s degree in piano performance from California State University.
Dr. Gregg was a guest conductor with Kirkland Choral Society in 1997 and became permanent conductor and artistic director in 1999. His deep musical scholarship, professionalism, and positive, outgoing demeanor are at the heart of the choir’s growth in size and performance level, so that today KCS is considered by many arts patrons to be the Eastside’s premier community chorale.
Kirkland Choral Society was born in 1988 in the living room of one of our founding members, Jeffrey Waters. The concept of an Eastside community choir had been presented to Waters by Dr. Jerry Mader, who became the group’s first director. Practices were held in a basement rehearsal space with a handful of singers. Waters remembers: “We were eight voices strong and sang with great enthusiasm if not great artistry.” Waters, then President of the Creative Arts League (now the Kirkland Arts Center), and Mader both composed and arranged original scores for their fledgling group, including a choral version of Pachelbel’s Canon.
Between 1988 and 1997, Kirkland Choral Society grew in membership, and the rehearsal spaces improved. Much of our printed history was lost when the archives were stolen during a break-in in the mid-1990s. But according to longtime choir members—and based on the eclectic contents of the music library—KCS performed from a very diverse repertoire during this time. With Dr. Gregg’s arrival in 1997, KCS turned more toward classical choral repertoire.
Kirkland Choral Society now boasts a diverse membership of nearly 100 talented voices and is considered by many arts patrons to be the Eastside’s premier community chorale. Members are selected through audition and hail from all over the greater Seattle area. KCS performs selections from the full range of choral repertoire and is committed to creating a quality experience not only for our audiences but also for our singers, providing opportunities to socialize and enjoy the process of creating music together. With the support of our volunteers, financial partners, and our enthusiastic audiences, Kirkland Choral Society is living out its mission to share the joy of music with the greater Seattle community.