a new era
Upon Don Thompson's retirement in the summer of 2003, Michael Dell, who had served as the group's gifted accompanist since 1999, became the next musical director of the Chorale. He served the dual role of accompanist and director until the end of 2009, when he left the Chorale to create and lead another choral group, The Heritage Singers, based at South Jacksonville Presbyterian Church.
With his extensive experience, Michael brought a wealth of new repertoire and opportunities to the group, sharing both directing and accompanying responsibilities with others both inside and outside Chorale membership. The chorale gained greatly in versatility and in reading ability during this time, as the repertoire of the group was nearly tripled.