PCS meets as a community to learn choral music, which we strive to perform at the highest possible level for the enjoyment and education of our audience and our own personal fulfillment.
PCS performs a wide variety of music from the choral repertoire, including music from the Renaissance, Baroque and Classical periods, through to 20th Century and Contemporary choral works. In addition, an occasional concert may be devoted to other musical styles such as Opera, Pop, Jazz or Broadway.
Board of Directors and Executive Committee
President: Jack Kelly
Vice President: Dan Zenner
Secretary: Jack Keller
Treasurer: Jim Reece
Artistic and Music Director: Mike Murphy (non-voting)
Chorale Representative: Meredyth Goodwin
Chorale Representative: Holly McCollister
Community Representative: Alice Barbut
Community Representative: Susan Billin
Community Representative: Kay Youngblood
Community Representative: Karen Knoff
Community Representative: Howard Peavy
The Palouse Choral Society (PCS) is an auditioned community chorale of about seventy singers, with a smaller auditioned subset, the Chamber Choir, dedicated to additional rehearsal and performance. Singers come from the Palouse region around Moscow, Idaho and Pullman, Washington, the two cities at the confluence of the Clearwater and Snake Rivers: Lewiston, Idaho and Clarkston, Washington and from as far away as Lamont, Washington and Kamiah, Idaho..
We perform as many as 4 programs of choral music each year. Although we often perform sacred music in churches, we are not a religious organization. Such venues are chosen because much of the music was originally intended to be performed in churches. In addition, the acoustics in churches such as St. Boniface Catholic Church in Uniontown, WA are often very complimentary to music and afford our patrons a uniquely beautiful experience.
Our Artistic and Music Director is Dr. Michael Murphy, who is also a professor of choral music at University of Idaho in Moscow, Idaho.
The Palouse Choral Society is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization and is classified as a public charity. Its business is conducted and overseen by volunteer members of the Executive Committee, Board of Directors, and its Executive Director. Our annual budget is usually about $30,000 a year. Expenses include salaries for the music director, accompanist, executive director, instrumentalists at concerts, and expenses related to producing a choral product for our community. Our income derives mainly from sponsorships and donations, ticket sales, fundraising and advertising in our program. The Chorale’s years of success has grown out of the generosity of our sponsors, our donors, and our volunteers.