Founded in the fall of 2001, the Northwest Repertory Singers (NWRS) are a premier vocal ensemble whose mission is to enrich and educate through the presentation of creative choral repertoire performed at the highest artistic level. NWRS has quickly become one of the Puget Sound region’s most revered choral ensembles. They sponsored the Rolling Requiem in 2002 to commemorate the first anniversary of September 11, presenting Mozart’s Requiem to a capacity audience at Mason United Methodist Church. NWRS has presented collaborations with the Coats, Tacoma Youth Chorus, and the Lake Union Civic Orchestra and received critical acclaim for their March 2006 performances of Mozart’s Requiem with the Northwest Sinfonietta under the direction of Christophe Chagnard.
NWRS’s June 2007 performance at Seattle Pro Musica’s American Masterpieces Choral Festival received the highest praise from composer Morten Lauridsen: “This ensemble is among the finest I have ever heard, displaying choral art at its finest; a jewel among choruses in America.” Renowned conductor Dale Warland declared: “I never expect to hear a better performance of the Argento and the Lauridsen pieces than you gave at Town Hall. Superb!" In November 2007, NWRS received the Jim Smith Award from the Pierce County Arts Commission. This recognition for contribution to the healthy development of the arts and the preservation of cultural traditions is one of the prestigious Margaret K. Williams Awards. April 2008 featured two performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Northwest Sinfonietta. Maestro Chagnard stated these performances were one of the highlights of the Sinfonietta’s history. The Tacoma News Tribune concluded: “What a joy to have an orchestra and singers of this caliber performing works like this - it’s something Tacoma should be proud of.” NWRS’s ensemble members are selected through a rigorous audition process, and each comes from a rich musical tradition. The collective effect of this experience is an ensemble with an unparalleled commitment to the musical, emotional, and technical performance of a broad range of musical styles and genres.