Decorah Chorale - Our Story

The Decorah Chorale was founded in the summer of 1996 by John Bay, director of the choir until 2014. From an original membership of fifteen, the Chorale has musically prospered into a very fine community choir of 85 members. Having made over 130 domestic and international appearances, the group draws upon the wealth of talent from seven counties in Northeast Iowa and Minnesota. Founded for "community and charitable benefit," the Chorale has performed concerts to financially support Luther College's Nordic Choir, the Decorah High School Music Department, and over fifteen annual Christmas concerts for Habitat For Humanity. They also continue to fulfill their mission by providing unique performance opportunities for talented, local musicians. The Chorale is sustained almost entirely through membership dues and the generosity of friends in the community who share their love and appreciation of quality choral music. In 2005, Iowa Public Television honored the Decorah Chorale with a special program acclaiming the group's dedication to the advancement of cultural understanding, and its charitable mission within the community and the Midwest.