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‘First community choir’ in city, Vancouver Master Chorale turns 75

Current iteration has 110 singers and its own orchestra

By Monika Spykerman, Columbian staff writer
Published: May 11, 2024, 6:13am
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A 75th birthday is a milestone worth celebrating for anyone, but it might be an even greater accomplishment for performing arts groups, which are subject to the public’s tastes and vulnerable to economic downturns.

However, Vancouver Master Chorale has amply demonstrated its staying power. Founded in 1948 by Bill and Irma Slocum, the group is even older than the Los Angeles Master Chorale (founded in 1964) or the Chicago Master Singers (founded in 1979).

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