Founded in 1971, the Dubuque Chorale is a community choral organization of over 100 singers from Dubuque and the surrounding area. Singers of all ages from high school on participate in this nonprofit group, which is dedicated to improving the musical skills of its singers and to providing quality musical entertainment for its audiences.
In 2012, the chamber ensemble Cadenza grew out of the Dubuque Chorale. This group, made up of 20-30 members of the Dubuque Chorale proper is often invited to perform at special events around the community. Then, in 2014, the Dubuque Chorale Children’s Choir was formed as part of the Chorale’s vision to support and cultivate young minds through music.
Led by Artistic Director Bob Demaree since 2009, and with its lofty mission to engage, educate, enrich, and inspire the community by presenting diverse choral music with artistic excellence, the Chorale has sought out opportunities to collaborate with other musical groups. The Dubuque Chorale has joined with the Dubuque Symphony Orchestra for performances such Holiday Pops and other featured works since 1986. In 2013, the Chorale also launched Songfest, an evening of performances that include a variety of local community and collegiate vocal groups.
This season, the Dubuque Chorale will perform with internationally acclaimed bluegrass group Monroe Crossing in its fall concert, Bluegrass, Country, and Chorale. It is also partnering with the Julien Dubuque International Film Festival to present Movie Melodies in April 2018.