Voices Singing Together

Goshen Community Chorale • Good of Goshen 

Good of Goshen story submitted by Gail Shetler

“Voices singing together – it just lifts you up and carries you,” enthuses Bill Mateer, Goshen Community Chorale director. The Goshen Community Chorale has been making beautiful music in Goshen since 1983.

The varied repertoire of the Chorale has included classics like Braham’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah and contemporary works by Andrew Lloyd Weber and Jerry Bock.

Larry Yoder, charter member of the Chorale, sees the Chorale as a group that reflects the spirit of Goshen, “The chorale is homegrown entertainment. It brings people together with similar interests and gives them a place to express themselves musically.”

In December 1993, the Goshen Community Chorale was incorporated as a non-profit organization obtaining its 501(C)3 status. Since 2009, the Indiana Arts Commission has awarded grants to the Chorale in recognition of its many benefits to the broader community.

“It was fantastic!”
“This concert was a refreshing change.”
“Me gusta mucho la musica Hispania.”

These quotes are from the Goshen Community Chorale’s Winter 2016 survey. The audience was responding to the Chorale’s concert featuring Navidad Nuestra by Ariel Ramirez, presented in conjunction with Nayo Ulloa from Goshen’s Latin American Culture and Language Center.

Mateer says, “The Chorale strives to present a broad range of high quality choral music which appeals to all segments of our community. In recent years this means collaborating with musicians from various ethnic groups in the Goshen area.”

The Chorale provides local singers and instrumentalists unique opportunities to participate in performances of major choral masterworks. For the broader community the Chorale endeavors to bring unique musical treasures and quality live performances.

“It is our hope that these works will broaden the Chorale’s connection to the community by expanding our audience,” says Mateer.

For more information on joining the Goshen Community Chorale or attending a concert visit the Chorale’s website.

Good of Goshen story submitted by Gail Shetler

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