The Orcas Choral Society is a non-profit music organization dedicated to the love and appreciation of choral music. The 60-voice volunteer chorus is led by Roger Sherman, a full -time Orcas Island resident who has a deep appreciation of the choral repertoire. Roger is a multi-disciplined musician, recording engineer and producer who has published several Grammy-nominated recordings of choral music.
Since its founding by Catherine Pederson and Louellen McCoy in 1978, The Orcas Choral Society has provided a structure for adults to sing a wide variety of choral music at a consistently high level and to present choral concerts for island audiences.
Orcas Choral Society shares a passion for mastering a variety of beautiful music to enrich the lives of singers, audiences and our communities through education, performance and collaboration.
Marianne Lewis Interim Artistic/Music Director
Marianne Lewis is an accomplished musician with a deep and varied background. She is currently the Choirmaster and Organist at Emmanuel Episcopal Church in Eastsound. She has served as Minister of Music and Organist at St. James Lutheran Church, Portland, Oregon as well as Choir director and Organist at Milwaukie Lutheran Church, Milwaukie, Oregon. In addition, Marianne accompanied Oregon Repertory Singers in Portland, Oregon.
Lewis is a graduate of Lewis and Clark College and University of Oregon. In addition to playing the organ, Lewis is a harpsichordist and pianist.
Roger Sherman to step down from
Orcas Choral Society
Eastsound, WA – Roger Sherman, Artistic Director of Orcas Choral Society, is stepping down this June after six years of leading the choir. “My time with you has been some of the most rewarding in my life, and I am very grateful for all the support you have given me personally,” Sherman told the choral society board.
Sherman emphasized his Orcas-based business, the Gothic Catalog, in requiring more time. He also has continuing responsibilities as associate organist for St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral, Seattle, and as the host of the weekly KING-FM radio program, The Organ Loft.
“We will greatly miss Roger and his leadership,” said Cynthia Abolin, Choral Society president. “Roger has challenged us with demanding repertoire, and has drawn excellent performances from us. He’s made rehearsals fun, correcting our errors with patience and humor.”
Marianne Lewis will become the choral society’s interim Artistic Director. She is currently Assistant Director and rehearsal accompanist for the Choral Society as well as organist and choir director at Emmanuel Episcopal Parish in Eastsound. “Marianne is an experienced choral conductor and an excellent pianist and organist,” Abolin said. “We’re grateful to have her artistic leadership to guide us through this transition.”
Orcas Choral Society is a 60-voice volunteer chorus dedicated to the love of choral music. Founded by Catherine Pederson and Louellen McCoy in 1978, the society sings a wide variety of choral music for island audiences. Recent concerts have included the Bach B-Minor Mass and Mozart Requiem. This April, the choral society will present the beloved Schubert Mass in G and the rediscovered Missa Solemnis in C written in 1826 by Alois Storch.
“We’re sorry he has to leave us, but Roger’s certainly going out with a bang!” Abolin said.
Upcoming concert dates:
December 10 & 11, 2016
Roger Sherman presented an exceptionally informative and interesting pre-concert audience Seminar on the subject of J.S. Bach December 2nd, 2014 at Emmanuel Parish Hall.
If you missed the seminar or would like to hear it again,
Click on Roger's picture