Milestones



1985 Edina Chorale founded by Philip Spencer. It is all-women.

1986 Men join Edina Chorale

1989 Tartan Singers formed as a small ensemble

1990 James Hawthorne takes over as Music Director; first bookings for holiday caroling

1991 Sang for Grand Opening of Centennial Lakes Park in Edina

1992 Mexico City Tour--Carmina Burana; first performed in Minneapolis Holidazzle Parade

1993 Sang for Minnesota Suburban Branch of NAACP; performed on Good Company

1995 Tom Paulson becomes Music Director; Chorale is featured in About Town and Edina Sun-Current

1998 Chamber Chorale formed (small ensemble of highly experienced singers); performed Mozart Coronation Mass with Symphony of the Lakes

1999 Performed Elijah with Symphony of the Lakes

2000 Chorale granted 501(c)(3) status, making us officially a non-profit organization; Chamber Chorale performed at ACDA; Tom Paulson wins ACDA Award for Creative Programming; sang at Governor's mansion (Jesse Ventura)

2001 Concert focused on social issues: Elegy for Matthew (in memory of Matthew Shepard) and Sing for the Cure (expression to women's experiences with breast cancer)

2002 Chamber Chorale performed at ACDA in Des Moines

2003 Performed Faure Requiem with Minnetonka High School Choir

2004 Performed family concert Song of Wisdom from the book Old Turtle; Sang in Washington DC at WWII Memorial

2005 "Singing Saved My Life" Concert: Sing for the Cure and Holocaust Cantata

2006 Performed Holocaust Cantata at Temple Israel; partnered with Edina High School for Mozart Fest Concert; sang concert honoring Frederick Swann (organist from Crystal Cathedral)

2007 Edina Chorale featured in Edina Magazine; released first professionally recorded CD "December in Minnesota"

2008 Sang Beethoven's Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage with Allegro Sinfonia

2009 Haydn International Choral Festival (Vienna) and Budapest Tour; sang Lord Nelson Mass (Haydn) and Lux Aeterna (Lauridsen) at Votivkirche and our own repertoire at Matthias Church in Budapest; released 2nd professional CD "Wine and Hors d'oeuvres;" performed Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with Wayzata Symphony Orchestra


2010 25th Anniversary celebration with former Edina Chorale directors and singers participating in the program;

Performed in Star Wars: In Concert at XCel Energy Center (multi-media event);


Collaborated with I Cantati (Northfield, MN)


2011 Sang Mozart's Requiem; performed in Centennial Lakes Summer Concert Series; sang in City of Edina 4th of July Parade

2015 Performed Verdi's Requiem at Orchestra Hall with Two Rivers Chorale and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra

2016 Toured Italy with Craig Hella-Johnson, including performance at a Mass in St Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.

2017 Performed Brahms Requiem at Orchestra Hall with Two Rivers Chorale and Wayzata Symphony Orchestra

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