The Fort Street Chorale, now conducted by interim director Arianne Abela, was founded by Edward Kingins in 1971 with a handful of dedicated volunteers, singing occasionally in Sunday services, and has grown into a cohesive, well-organized, musically proficient, 70-member, nonprofessional ensemble that has received widespread acclaim.
The Chorale has performed Handel’s Messiah annually to large audiences since 1979. The Fort Street Chorale was featured in the award-winning documentary, Miracle on Fort Street, shown on public television in 1984.
The Chorale is a ministry of Fort Street Presbyterian Church, supporting itself mostly through ticket sales – and all amounts paid over $12 per ticket are tax-deductible. Donations are accepted any time during the year, and contributors may elect to have their names listed in concert programs. Non-singing volunteers are always welcome to lend their support to this fine organization by helping with ticket sales or other administrative tasks.
Assistant Conductor Paolo Debuque
Recipient of the Suzanne Lile Memorial Scholarship
Conductor and singer Paolo Debuque hails from the choral heartland of Minnesota. He holds degrees from Swarthmore College and the University of Michigan, where he served as director of the Residential College Singers and assistant conductor of the Women’s Glee Club. He currently serves as Director of Music at Commerce United Methodist Church and Artistic Director for //meridian, a professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the advancement of young compositional voices.
Collaborative Pianist Kate Acone
Kate Acone was a zoology major at the University of Oklahoma before she realized that the joy she found in music could not be matched by dissections. Her journey, since then, has taken her to two degrees in piano performance and pedagogy (Bachelor of Music from the University of Oklahoma, summa cum laude, and Master of Music from the University of Michigan), as well as to teaching and performing all over the country, including a current faculty position at the Faber Piano Institute. Kate, who won the state Music Teachers National Association Competition in her undergraduate years, is regular summer faculty at the American School in Switzerland, and continues to give concerts with an emphasis on audience engagement and educational outreach. Because of her unconventional journey into a musical career, she emphasizes longevity in music and holistic musicianship, believing that students thrive best when they love what they do. Previous teachers include Dr. Logan Skelton, Dr. Jane Magrath, and Dr. Edward Gates.
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