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About the Irving Chorale

The Irving Chorale presents a full season of subscription concerts and supporting choral music in the local schools, churches and civic organizations. The Chorale is serving the community and helping to establish the City of Irving as a vital center of a wide variety of cultural experiences. The Chorale’s broad-spectrum repertoire of choral masterworks includes Handel's Messiah; Faure's Requiem; Vaughan-Williams' Hodie, Dona Nobis Pacem and A Sea Symphony; Hanson's Song of Democracy, and Haydn's Te Deum. In addition, the Chorale performs a variety of traditional and contemporary choral music, ranging from anthems and festival compositions to Broadway classics, spirituals, and folk music.

The Chorale is a community chorus of more than 70 voices from Irving and the surrounding Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex. Members come from all professions and backgrounds. Membership is by open audition, which is held twice each year. Rehearsals are held each Thursday from 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. throughout the regular season, not only to prepare for upcoming performances, but also to afford each singer the opportunity to grow musically.

Chorale Members

Artistic Director - Harry Wooten

Harry Wooten is Minister of Music at Royal Lane Baptist Church, Dallas, Texas. A native of Arkansas, Mr. Wooten holds degrees from William Jewell College, Vienna International Music Conservatory, and Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. He has served churches in Tennessee and Alabama as Minister of Music and appeared as guest soloist, conductor, and presenter for numerous workshops and music events. His choirs have participated in the International Church Music Festival (Coventry Cathedral 1994 and 2000 and Bern, Switzerland 1997) and the Manhattan Festival of Sacred Music 2001. His wife Debi is a music educator in the Plano Independent School District. They have three beautiful, busy children: Brittany, Barrett, and Blair.

Accompanist - Eunice Tavaglione

Eunice Tavaglione completed her Master of Music degree in piano performance at the University of North Texas under the private instruction of Artist in Residence Stefan Bardas. Prior to this, she studied with Ronald Boud and Janet Hutchinson in Philadelphia, receiving her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance. It was here that she gained valuable training in performing, accompanying, and arranging. Ms. Tavaglione has traveled throughout many parts of the United States, Europe, Asia, and South America accompanying various choral groups and performing as piano soloist. Since coming to Dallas in 1976, she has taught extensively at all levels and continues to maintain a large teaching studio. Ms. Tavaglione is widely recognized as an adjudicator in piano throughout the state of Texas and remains an active Accompanist for national voice and instrumental competitions. She is the Accompanist for the Irving

President - Norma DeLeon

Biography Coming Soon

Vice President - Lita Strubhar

For many of the years since 1988, Lita Strubhar has been a member of Irving Chorale.  Always an Alto and serving in various board positions, Lita has in the past also functioned as the group’s Managing Director.“Music has been part of my life since I was a child.  Throughout junior high and high school I sang in both my church choir and school choirs. But, that wasn’t the end.  I sang one year in college at Texas Woman’s University and for one year in Mesquite Civic Chorus.  Then, I moved back to Irving and joined Irving Chorale. Singing lifts my spirits and hearing the harmonies and stories of the music can make my heart swell. The friendships formed through music are wonderful. Even though I have had to “lay out” of a few seasons of the Irving Chorale due to work travel, I always come back.”

Treasurer - Robert Boyer

Mr. Boyer holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Dallas and a Master's degree in Library Science from the University of Kentucky. He has worked in public library technical services and library administration in the North Texas area for thirty-four years. Robert was also a founding member of the Arlington Master Chorale. Since retirement, he works part time as the music librarian for The Orchestra of New Spain, a Baroque chamber ensemble of singers and period instrumentalists in Dallas. He loves travel, singing and participating in his church choir and has had many opportunities to combine all three.

Recording Secretary - Jody Mello

Jody Mello has been with the Irving Chorale since 2015. Jody's choral experience includes three years as the Cambridge Community Choir Stage Producer in MA, Stage Manager for six years, and has been on stage as a soprano since she was six years old.

Corresponding Secretary - Caryn Gibbons

Caryn is an Insurance broker/manager with 51 years¹ experience in all lines of personal and commercial insurance management. She sings at her Church (the Occasional Singers), and sometimes with special groups. She enjoys going to dinner and movies with her family, friends and does some travelling. She also likes the outdoors and will spend time in her kayak when possible. She stays busy at home with her two kitties

Librarian - Pam Engman

Native Irvingite; graduate of Irving High School where I was a member of the a Capella choir; attended UTA. Have sung in church choirs since jr high. Joined the Irving Chorale in the fall of 1990. Have held several offices, but have been the recording secretary for several years. I have traveled to England, Wales, Scotland, Austria, and Toronto, Canada with the Chorale, singing in several magnificent locales. Have been married to Ken Engman since 1999. I have three grown daughters, 3 granddaughters and one grandson and a new baby in April.

Stage Manager - Carol Baker

A native of Irving, Carol has supported the Chorale in various non-singing roles since 1994. She recently retired from serving the 2nd Court of Appeals in Fort Worth for over 30 years, working as the Court's Network Manager. Her goal as Stage Manager is to assist the Chorale members in whatever way needed to allow the singers and musicians to excellently present their music to their audiences. She is active at 1st Baptist Church in Irving, assisting with the Sound team during traditional services and playing in the handbell choir.

Member-at-Large - Bill Werner

A charter member of the Irving Chorale, Bill Werner has been with the chorus since it began in 1987 with Jim Moore as director. Bill graduated the University of North Texas in Denton where he received both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Music Education. Bill is a longtime citizen of Irving – since 1957.  He taught in the Irving Independent School District for 34 years as a choir and music teacher and as a guidance counselor.He is Minister of Music for Bridgewood Church of Christ in Fort Worth.  In addition, he has served three terms as president of the Irving Chorale.

Member-at-Large - Carol Sullivan

Ms. Sullivan is a retired Elementary Music Specialist from Irving ISD. She has been a music teacher for some forty years. Carol has won numerous teaching awards, including Elementary Teacher of the Year, Irving Elementary ATPE Teacher of the Year, Region 10 ATPE Teacher of the Year, and Walmart Teacher of the Year. She served as Elementary Lead Music Teacher for Irving ISD and helped coordinate the Chorale's joint concert with the elementary honor choir for 8 years. Sullivan received her B.S. in Music Education from State University College at Potsdam, New York, and M.Ed in Elementary Education from State University of New York, Buffalo, New York.

Member-at-Large - Donna Schardt

Biography Coming Soon

Scholarships

The Irving Chorale is currently entertaining scholarship applications for dues/membership fees only. Please check back in the future for additional scholarship opportunities.

In the Community

The Chorale is available for any and all opportunities to serve the citizens of Irving and surrounding metroplex. We have been an active part of the music education of the children of Irving over the last several years, hosting joint concerts and daylong clinics for young singers. We make appearances at tree lightings, store openings, private parties, corporate functions, weddings, funerals, festivals, and community celebrations. If you are interested in having the members appear, please email info@irvingchorale.org for further information.

Comp Ticket Program

The Chorale provides a block of complimentary tickets for each season. The number of seats reserved depends on need and the number of special needs requests received from the community.