About Us

Over thirty seven years ago, the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities created a community chorus made up of amateur singers, called the Arvada Center Chorale. Since that time, the Chorale has had the vision of bringing joy and enrichment through beautiful choral music.

Now reorganized as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, the Arvada Chorale Company is a vital, thriving organization committed to musical excellence. The Chorale continues to be the resident Chorale of the Arvada Center, and is an integral part of Arvada and the Front Range community. The Chorale is grateful for the continued support of the Science and Cultural Facilities District.

The Chorale does not deny membership or discriminate against any employee, volunteer or program participant on the basis of age, race, sex, color, creed, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender identity, gender expression, ancestry, marital status, gender, veteran status, political service, affiliation or disability.

Meet the Artistic Director: Steven Burchard

Steven Burchard recently retired after teaching for 31 years in the Adams 12 Five Star School District. During that time he taught at both the middle and high school level, working with both choir and orchestra students from beginning to advanced level. His choirs and orchestras have toured both nationally and internationally.

He has spent over 20 years conducting Denver-area church choirs, including stays at Central Presbyterian Church, St. John's Lutheran Church, and Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church and is currently serving as Music Director at Mountain View United Methodist Church in Boulder. He has developed church music choirs from children's to adult level and has also enjoyed working with hand bell choirs. One of his greatest joys is uniting choirs and orchestras together to perform some of the great musical masterworks.

Steven earned his Masters Degree in Orchestral Conducting from the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, where he studied conducting with Frank Toth and viola with Marsha Holmes. He completed his double Bachelors Degree in Music Education (choral emphasis) and Psychology from Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he studied conducting with his mentor, Dr. JerraldD. McCollum. He is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association and the American String Teachers Association.

Spending time with his wife, Sara, and daughter, Abby, remains his favorite activity, but he also enjoys playing guitar, singing with the vocal quartet Metro4, writing (music and short stories), cooking, and getting into the mountains occasionally for a hike.

 

Meet the Accompanist: Dr. Chappell Kingsland

Chappell Kingsland is a composer, multi-faceted musician, and teacher. His compositional interests extend from avant-garde chamber music to church music, from Brazilian samba to rock music, from Balinese gamelan to Japanese koto. His works have won first prize in contests sponsored by the Percussive Arts Society, International Tuba-Euphonium Association, Indiana University, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, and the Atlanta Clarinet Association. His music has been performed in the United States, Austria, and Australia. After the successful premiere of his opera Intoxication: America's Love Affair with Oil, Chappell received a commission from Roundabout Opera for Kids for a 35-minute chamber opera exploring mythology from three continents: The Discovery of Fire.

Chappell has a Doctorate of Music in Composition from Indiana University (2013), a Masters of Music also from IU (2010), and a Bachelors degree in Composition and Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music (2002). Chappell spent a year in Vienna, Austria studying privately with Chaya Czernowin, now head of Harvard's composition department. Other teachers have included Claude Baker, Augusta Read Thomas, Don Freund, P. Q. Phan, Christopher Rouse, David Liptak, Aaron Travers and Daniel Godfrey. He has studied organ with Hans Davidsson, Katie Pardee, and Michael Farris.

"Music is my favorite form of art, for the totality of its embrace. It is surely the most mysterious form of human communication, for it is an abstract language of sounds, yet it can convey such specific feelings and thoughts."

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