The Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale is a select vocal group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO). The Chorale holds open auditions twice a year for membership, with individual auditions scheduled upon request.
Open auditions for vocalists to appear in Fall 2016 performances will be held on August 16, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall in the music wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd, East. All prospective new Chorale members are invited to the open audition and info session. Bring a one minute solo appropriate for the voice to be used in the Chorale. Bring sheet music for accompanist if necessary or sing A Capella. Contact Phyillis Lake at firstname.lastname@example.org for audition scheduling or an alternate audition time/date.
CHORALE – FALL 1st REHEARSAL & FALL INFO SESSION - August 23 at 6:30 pm, Tyler Recital Hall, Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. All current and new prospective chorale members.
In the Fall 2016, the group will perform in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with the NFSO December 9, 2016 Holiday Pops concert. In the Spring 2017 the Chorale will perform with the NFSO at the “German Masters" concert on April 22, 2017.
CHORALE DIRECTOR - MICHAEL DYE
Veteran Niceville High School Chorus Director Michael Dye assumed direction of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale in August 2016 as the orchestra enters its 30th season. Mr. Dye, who is in his 27th year as choral director at Niceville High in August, has devoted many years building one of the finest high school choral programs in the nation and he holds a Master of Music Education Degree. Dye’s primary responsibility with the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale will be to build membership of talented vocalists and prepare the Chorale for performances with the NFSO in December 2016 and May 2017. He also continues his role at Niceville High School in addition to his new duties leading the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale at the college.
Michael Dye began his teaching career at Southwest Junior High School in Hot Springs, AR before accepting a position at Dollarway High School in Pine Bluff where he served 12 years as choral director. He was state president of the Arkansas ACDA and the Arkansas Choral Directors Association. He was selected by that organization as the Director of the Year in 1989.
In 1990 Dye was named the choir director at Niceville High School. He was selected as Niceville High School’s Teacher of the Year and runner-up for the Okaloosa County Teacher of the year in 2004. Mr. Dye is a member of the Florida Vocal Association where he has served as the state president and twice as the District 1 chair. He is currently the chair of the Past-Presidents and the FVA Awards Committees having also served as the all-state and state music performance chair. Dye is currently the president of the Florida School Music Association, Florida’s secondary schools’ music organization that oversees the interscholastic concert performance assessments of choruses, bands, and orchestras at the district and state levels. In 2013 he conducted the Florida All-State Men’s Chorus. Next February Dye will conduct the 2017 Arkansas All-State Female Chorus.
Dye is also a member of the American Choral Directors Association, the Florida Music Education Association and the National Association for Music Education. His Niceville Singers have toured and performed in the Czech Republic, Austria, Germany, Scotland, Wales, England, Italy, Spain, China and France and sung in Carnegie Hall three times. Dye is an active clinician and adjudicator.
Past Director - Lois Henry
After more than a decade of innovative leadership of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, NWF State College Professor of Music Lois Henry stepped down as director of the vocal ensemble in August 2016 order to assume other roles within the college’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts as well as to pursue additional professional opportunities as a composer and the region’s leading concert pianist. Ms. Henry will continue her duties as a full-time Professor of Music at the college teaching piano, voice, and music theory and will also continue to lead the college’s premier women’s chorus Belle Voci.