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Mission

 

To share the joy and enhance the appreciation of choral music through high-quality performances that develop our skills, engage our audiences, and grow both our membership and our following.

 

Vision

 

We are the Loudoun Chorale, a colorful tapestry of voices from across our community, woven into a harmonious whole – one living, breathing expression of song. 

 

We welcome all who revel in the joy of making music together and in the rich texture of diverse genres – sacred and secular, classical and contemporary, simple and grand.

 

We are committed to excellence, a balance of precision and artistry which we cultivate through the discipline of practice.  Our craft is a vibrant gift that we share with our audiences to entertain and transport.

 

. . . And our song goes on, beautiful.

 

 

The Loudoun Chorale is a community-based arts organization which was created to respond to the need of local performers to offer quality music presentations on a continuing basis. The Chorale seeks to serve the community by continuing the long tradition of local vocal-arts groups to keep alive the musical treasures of the past, as well as providing a venue for today's musical experience. The Chorale does not require auditions and welcomes all who share the love of vocal music, either as performers or audience.

William Propst’s music education includes a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music and a Master of Arts degree in Music from Radford University. His Masters program included a written analysis and study of selected choral works of the well-known English composer, Ralph Vaughan Williams. Additional studies have also been completed at the United States School of Music and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. His solo singing career included Oratorio works such as Handel’s Messiah, Bach’s Christmas Oratorio, Mozart’s Vesper Psalms, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

 

His conducting experience includes a number of years directing church choirs and community groups in performance, which included various oratorio works. In addition, while serving in the U.S. Army Eighth Infantry Division Band, he was assistant conductor and organized and conducted the Eighth Infantry Male Chorus. He also enjoyed a full career in public education in Virginia, teaching both choral and instrumental music. The last seven years were spent in Loudoun County as Director of Bands at Park View High School, where his performance groups consistently received the highest ratings of excellence. He is active as an adjudicator at instrumental festivals in Virginia, and has served as guest conductor of Honor Bands in Virginia and West Virginia. He is serving his eleventh year as Music Director of the Loudoun Chorale.

Ms. Beverly Clark is a native of Parkersburg, West Virginia, where she studied both piano and organ. Dr. Marie Beotte, who taught at West Virginia Wesleyan College, was her organ instructor. Graduating from Parkersburg High School, she was granted a music scholarship to West Virginia University, where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Organ Performance. In May, 1998, she graduated from Shenandoah University with a Masters degree in Organ Performance. While at school and at present, she accompanies numerous college musical groups and has performed solo works during the school’s Bach/Handel weekend. In the year 2000, she passed the American Guild of Organists Colleague Examination. She recently performed in two concerts in Washington, D.C., at the Mexican Cultural Institute.

 

In Parkersburg, she held several Music Director positions in the local churches, and for eight years, served as accompanist for the Parkersburg Choral Society. In 1975, the family came to Front Royal, Virginia. During the time she has resided in Virginia, she was Director of Music at the Grace United Methodist Church in Middletown, Virginia, and since 1982, has served in that capacity at the Front Royal Presbyterian Church. For a number of years, she served as accompanist for the Front Royal Oratorio Society, also has accompanied the Piedmont Chorus in Middleburg, and is currently engaged as the accompanist for the Loudoun Chorale in Leesburg, Virginia. She and her husband are the proud parents of three children and six grandchildren. They reside in White Post, VA.

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