About Gloria Dei Chorale...
We are a choral community dedicated to musical excellence, glorifying God, and
serving others through our collective gifts...
Gloria Dei Chorale is a diverse, welcoming, ecumenical community chorus open to
all men and women who wish to commit of their time, talents, heart, and skills to
produce fine musical experiences for both performers and audience, while also
helping their fellow man. We prepare two concerts per season, and all of the
proceeds collected from each concert go directly to a charity in our local
community. Since 2005, our proceeds have gone to 15 Place, Penelope House;
South Alabama CARES--Community AIDS Resources, Education and Support;
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness; the Alabama Head Injury
Foundation; the Independent Living Center of Mobile; Our Sisters' Closet; St.
Mary's Home for Children; Victory Health Partners; Ozanam Charitable
Pharmacy; and Catholic Social Services.
Our repertoire covers a broad range of styles and periods, with classical music
predominating. In our last concert, we performed works composed during the 16th,
17th and 18th centuries, as well as some from the 20th and 21st centuries.
Based at St. John's Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama, Gloria Dei Chorale is in
its fourteenth season, and a positive, vital force in the artistic community of Mobile
and the surrounding area.
Gloria Dei Chorale was founded in 1999 by John Hawn, who was then the
Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama. Upon
John's departure to a new position in the year 2001, the reins of the group were
handed to Randy Bolden, Director of Music at St. Dominic Catholic Church in
Under Randy Bolden's direction, the Chorale continued to grow and develop at St.
Luke's. At the end of the 2004-2005 season, due to additional responsibilities and
time constraints, Randy passed the reins to the group's current director, Louis
Daniel, then Choirmaster/Organist at St. Luke's. At this juncture, it was decided
to take the Chorale in a new direction...that of charitable outreach, coupled with
our prior core mission of musical outreach and artistic excellence. We are excited
about the possibilities for good this intersection of art and charity can bring to our
Now in our fourteenth season and based at St. John's Episcopal Church, we
continue to grow under the capable direction of Louis Daniel.
As we look to the future, we look forward to growing in every respect:
> Growth in the number of participating musicians,
> Growth in the quality and breadth of our musical offerings,
> Growth in the personal ties we share within the group, and
> Growth in the impact of our outreach in the larger community.
|“Make a joyful noise unto God, all the earth;
sing the glory of his name;
give to him glorious praise.”