Founded in 1984 in Bellevue, Washington, and led by Artistic Director, Dr. Fredrick Lokken, Bellevue Chamber Chorus exists to bring beauty and artistic inspiration to the community through the choral arts. The chorus – consisting of 28–30 auditioned singers of diverse backgrounds – performs 3 major concerts each season, encompassing a variety of choral literature from classical standards and contemporary works, to “world music”, Broadway hits, and vocal jazz.
The chorus often joins other ensembles in performances of major choral/orchestral works, such as:
See the Bellevue Chamber Chorus Program Archive for some of our recent (and not so recent!) programs and notes.
The ensemble has premiered works by regional composers, including:
We have released three CDs:
Bellevue Chamber Chorus tours often and has performed in a variety of well-known and international venues, including:
Other special performances have included:
Conductor of collegiate, community, and church choirs in Minnesota, California, and the Seattle area for almost thirty years, Dr. Fredrick Lokken is in his nineteenth season as music director and conductor of Bellevue Chamber Chorus. Under his direction, the chorus has gained a growing reputation for exciting performances of diverse and innovative programs from the traditional classics to contemporary music from around the world.
Dr. Lokken received the DMA degree in choral conducting from the University of Washington, where he studied with Abraham Kaplan and Joan Conlon, and has studied further with such eminent conductors as Helmuth Rilling, Joseph Flummerfelt, and Jon Washburn. He also holds a degree in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin, and sang with the professional Dale Warland Singers in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for several years.
In addition to his work with the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, Dr. Lokken was the Director of Choral Music at Shoreline Community College until retiring in June of 2016, and continues to serve in his capacity as Vocal Instructor.
Kristine Anderson graduated with a music degree from the University of Montana at Missoula. She is well-known in the Puget Sound region for her artistic and sensitive work with singers as well as instrumentalists ranging from tuba to piccolo. Equally at home with jazz, pop, and classical, she can adjust her style from Sondheim to Gershwin to Strauss.
Her clients include winners in local and national competitions, including the Seattle Young Artist Music Festival, Metropolitan Opera semifinals, and concerto contests. Kristine also serves as accompanist for the Flute and Piccolo Forum, hosted by Seattle Symphony flutist Zart Dombourian Eby. In the fall of 2010, Kristine accompanied a former Flute Forum attendee Justin Lee on his Western Washington tour, after he won the Ladies Musical Club contest.
In addition to holding two church-pianist positions in Seattle, she was music director for the Seattle Musical Theater, formerly known as Civic Light Opera, during their production of High Society, and the pianist for the Seattle Opera Guild’s Preview shows. She has been the accompanist for Bellevue Chamber Chorus for the past nine seasons. In 2012 she became an employee in the University of Washington Music Department and a staff accompanist. In addition to the Bellevue Chamber Chorus, she accompanies the choir at North Seattle College.