the chorale today
Starting in 2010, the Chorale began exploring a new direction, the intent being to allow directors who enjoy singing and singers who enjoy directing the opportunity to participate in a choral setting without having sole responsibility for the group. There were eight such singer/directors from the Spring of 2010 through the Spring of 2014, each bringing his or her personal musicianship and rich experience to the podium, their individual styles keeping the Chorale's rehearsals and performances fresh and exciting.
At the beginning of the DTC's 20th performance season, one of those directors, Jay Stuckey, agreed to take the group "on a test drive," revisiting the single-director model, allowing the other singer/directors to sing more, but still have participation at the podium from time to time. As the season progressed, it became clear that everyone loved having Jay Stuckey as the one director, so he was unanimously invited to be the Chorale's sole musical director. Jay led the group with his energetic precision at the podium for two seasons, from fall 2014 through Spring 2016, but decided he needed to retire from the director's chair in order to give his day job the full attention it needed.
And so, a new chapter in the DTC story begins, as we welcome our new music director: R. Hugh Patterson. Interestingly, the Chorale has come full circle in finding - almost by accident - a conductor who, as a teenager, had been in a choir that Don Thompson led while an interim director at his church. Whether it was a conscious decision on Hugh's part or not, he has developed his own passionate choral conducting style that is reminiscent of the passion and energy that Mr. T brought to the podium. We look forward to his leadership in our continuing musical saga.