Wenatchee Columbia Chorale

Performing choral masterpieces for over 35 years!

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The Columbia Chorale was formally organized in 1983 by Patsy Ford and Chris Jeffris, and directed by Dick Lapo, then professor of music at Wenatchee Valley College. In its early years the group of about 30 singers was affiliated with the North Central Washington Museum and held concerts there. Mr. Lapo was joined and then succeeded as director by Brad Miller. Other former directors include Dan Jackson and Dr. Margaret Licon.

Dr. Mike Hibbett was appointed director in 1999. Under his leadership the group has grown to a membership of more than 75 singers who perform three completely different concert repertoires each year, and have appeared at various community functions such as Festival of Trees, Leavenworth Choral Festival, and fund-raising events for organizations such as Spurs & Spokes, Mobile Meals and the Wenatchee Valley College Foundation.

The Columbia Chorale has performed major works including Beethoven’s 9th Symphony, Karl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Handel’s Messiah and John Rutter’s Magnificat with the Wenatchee Valley Symphony. They have also performed the Rutter and Poulenc Glorias, Haydn’s Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Magnificat, Mozart’s Mass in C and Solemn Vespers, and requiem masses by Schubert, Fauré, and Rutter, all with orchestras comprised of musicians from the greater Wenatchee area.


Dr. Hibbett, a native of Kansas, has maintained a dedicated career in music education, church music, and performance for over 30 years.  He received a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education degree from Seattle Pacific University and earned a Master of Music Education degree from Wichita State University where he studied with René Clausen (director of the Concordia Choir from Moorhead, Minnesota).  In 1989 he received his Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, studying with Dr. Eph Ehly.  Dr. Hibbett was the Assistant Conductor of the Kansas City Symphony Chorus from 1987-1988 and has taught choral and vocal music at the college level for five years.  He has been conducting college, church, and community choirs for 30 years.  Dr. Hibbett and his wife, Terri, have two daughters.  He is the owner of a piano tuning business in the Wenatchee area and has taught music part-time at Wenatchee Valley College.  This is his twentieth season as conductor of the Columbia Chorale!


Ron Lodge, Accompanist, born and raised in Wenatchee, has spent most of his life accompanying school and church choirs, soloists and ensembles. He accompanied the Whitman School boys choir under Dan Morgan, the Orchard Junior High choir under Earnest Featherkile, and participated in the outstanding choral programs at Wenatchee High School and Wenatchee Valley College. Ron studied piano with Pauline Lieb and Joy Henderson in Wenatchee, and with Gwendolyn Harper at Eastern Washington University. He is currently staff Organist & Accompanist at Faith Presbyterian Church, and also accompanies students and choirs at Eastmont High School. 

Affiliated with the Columbia Chorale since 1985 as a choir member, soloist, music composer and arranger, board member, board president and program editor, Ron became the Chorale's accompanist in the fall of 2001. He continues to compose choral works specifically for the Chorale. Ron and his wife Jeanne have three children and own a security company in Wenatchee.

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Our 2018-2019 Concert Season:

“Christmas Around the World”

Friday, December 14, 7:30pm - Numerica Performing Arts Center

We’re back at the PAC for another very special evening of holiday music from around the world! Experience the season from four different continents as we explore the sounds of Christmas in Europe, Africa, South America, and North America. The Columbia Vocal Ensemble will also perform. Don’t miss this opportunity to get into the “global” Christmas spirit!

“Great Choral Classics”

Saturday, March 2, 7:00pm - Grace Lutheran Church

Representing some of the great classical composers of Western music, works by Bach, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Brahms and others are on the program. A performance of Mozart’s Mass in C (Coronation Mass) with chamber orchestra and soloists will be featured. If you long to hear great choral classics, this is the concert for you!

“Songs From the British Isles”

Friday, April 26, 7:30pm - Grace Lutheran Church

...will be the theme of this Official 2019 Washington State Apple Blossom Festival event featuring folk tunes, madrigals, stage pieces and classical works by well-known composers from England, Ireland and Scotland. A wide variety of music, from the renaissance to the modern day, will tickle your earbones and leave your Irish eyes smiling!