The Market Street Singers

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Our History in Pictures

Thanks to Ken Molsberry for the photos and Russ Long for the posters.


2004

The Market Street Singers first performed as the Ballard Festival Choir during the Ballard Art Walk in September.

rehearsing for concert performing at Sev Shoon Center

In December, we brought our first holiday program to the Swedish Hospital Ballard Campus (pictured below), Foss Home and Village, and other venues.

news article caroling at Swedish caroling at Swedish

2005

We put on a concert with the theme, "Winter into Spring", at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall for the Ballard Art Walk in March, and reprised it at at the Foss Home and Village, and the Whittier Care and Rehabilitation Center.

winter into spring concert poster singing at the Odd Fellows Hall singing at the Foss Home singing at the Foss Home singing at the Whittier Center singing at the Whittier Center

In April, we joined other local groups in a concert at North Seattle Community College, to support UNICEF relief for victims of the December 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

tsunami relief concert tsunami relief concert tsunami relief concert

We were invited to join the celebration for the opening of the new Ballard Public Library in May.

library opening concert library opening concert library opening concert

On May 17, we observed Norwegian Constitution Day with a concert at the Ballard Odd Fellows Hall.

Norwegian Constitution Day poster

In September, we hosted "Friendship", a multi-media performance benefitting
a family hit particularly hard by Hurricane Katrina.

Friendship concert poster

For the second year, we performed our Christmas concert at Ballard senior centers.
Here we are at the Columbia Lutheran Home.

caroling at Columbia Lutheran

2006

In March, we presented our first full-length concert, "Shilshole on the Pacific Rim", featuring music from Asia, Australia, South America, and the Pacific Northwest, at the Nordic Heritage Museum. This concert was made possible by a grant from the City of Seattle's Department of Neighborhoods' "Small and Simple" Matching Funds Program. (Press release, August 2005)

The first two photos show us rehearsing; the second two were taken at the concert. The last one shows guest artists Elizabeth and John Falconer, of Duo-En, tenor soloist Brandon Higa, didgeridoo master Stuart Dempster, and members of the Halau Hula 'O Lono dance troupe.

Shilshole poster Shilshole concert rehearsal Shilshole concert rehearsal Shilshole concert Shilshole concert, with soloists and dancers

In October, we performed "Pardon Our English", a program of choral music by early and modern English composers, at St. Luke's Church, as part of the Ballard Art Walk.

Pardon Our English poster

2007

In May, we sang a selection of songs chosen by the choir members, "Make Your Own Kind of Music", a concert for Ballard Art Walk, at St. Luke's.

Make Your Own Kind of Music poster

2008

On Memorial Day, we put on "Go the Distance" with the Sun-Hak International Youth Choir, at Trinity United Methodist Church, to raise money for the Northwest Senior Center. Click on the thumbnail to download the concert program as a PDF.

Go the Distance concert program

Our September concert, "Be Our Guest! Adventures in Animated Renaissance", featured 16th-century madrigals and theme songs from Disney movies. We performed it at The Hearthstone (below), as well as St. Luke's Church. Click on the left thumbnail to download the concert program as a PDF.

Be Our Guest concert program 'Be Our Guest' concert at the Hearthstone

We returned to The Hearthstone in December, to present our Christmas concert (first two photos). We also performed for the first time at the Ballard Landmark.
Thanks to Philip LaRose for the last two photos, taken at the Landmark.

Christmas concert at the Hearthstone Christmas concert at the Hearthstone Christmas concert at the Ballard Landmark Christmas concert at the Ballard Landmark

2009

We celebrated our fifth anniversary with a concert at Trinity United Methodist Church in June.

Click on the thumbnail graphic to download the complete concert program as a PDF.

Five Years Later concert program

Many thanks to Henry W. Cannon III for recording these videos, and to Lynn Arnold for editing them. Play the video from here, or click directly on the picture for a larger image.

How Can I Keep From Singing?
Composed by Robert Wadsworth Lowry
Arranged and conducted by Chris Vincent
Lasciatemi morire
Composed by Claudio Monteverdi
Conducted by Chris Vincent
Grieg Piano Concerto, 2nd Movement
Composed by Edvard Grieg
Soloist, Ingrid Verhulsdonk
Arranged and conducted by Chris Vincent
Be Our Guest
Soloists, Mark Strom and Meghan Shepard
Words and music by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken
Arranged by Ed Lojeski
Conducted by Chris Vincent
Ingrid Verhulsdonk, accompanist
Blue Skies
Music by Irving Berlin
Arranged by Steve Zegree
Conducted by Chris Vincent
Ingrid Verhulsdonk, accompanist

"Let's Misbehave" was an entire program devoted to minor vices and bad habits. We performed it in a new venue for us, the Ballard Big House, in September.

'Let's Misbehave' concert program