About the Chamber Choir
Since 1979, the Chamber Choir has brought high-quality choral music to the Greater Grand Rapids Community. The choir has sung over twenty-three world premieres of new choral literature and has sung in a dozen foreign languages. Most recently, the CCGR premiered "Sing" by our friend and local composer, Sean Ivory. Our rich legacy includes tours, concerts, and recordings. We have shared disc space with world renowned artists including the
London Philharmonic and the Dallas Brass.
CCGR has performed all over the world; from the baroque halls of Saint Petersburg, Russia, to the famous Haydnsaal in the Esterhazy Palace in Eisenstadt, Austria. We have joined the famed Mormon Tabernacle Choir in the legendary Tabernacle in Temple Square, Salt Lake City, Utah, where we took part in the recording of the Tabernacle Choir's international Sunday morning television and radio international broadcast. We were also invited by the choir to perform a solo concert in the Assembly Hall on Temple Square.
Locally, the Chamber Choir has worked to raise social awareness on issues in the Community. We have teamed with organizations such as the Holland Youth Advisory Panel, Heartside Ministries, Senior Neighbors, Children's Assessment Center, Degage Ministries, Silent Observer, the Butterworth Foundation, and the Alzheimer's Association of West Michigan.
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” – Friedrich Nietzsche
Mark Webb, Director
Dr. Mark Webb received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Michigan, and his Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting from Michigan State University. Dr. Webb retired from public school teaching in 2009, after serving for thirty-three years as a secondary vocal music teacher – teaching in the Kentwood and East Grand Rapids Public School Districts. His past positions include Choral/Opera Coordinator and Director of the International Choral Ensemble at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, Visiting Professor of Music at Albion College, and President of the Michigan School Vocal Music Association – receiving the honor of Teacher of the Year from that organization in 2003.
In addition to being the Director of the Chamber Choir of Grand Rapids, Mark is a Visiting Professor of Music at Aquinas College. He is an active adjudicator for the Michigan School Vocal Music Association, and has been a clinician for school and church choirs throughout the state. Several of his compositions and arrangements can be found on MY SCORE, a publishing site through JW Pepper.
Mark and his wife, Susan, have two daughters –Natalie (married to Mickey Bullock) and Ashley (married to Nick Cintorino); and three grandchildren – Jeremiah and Hanna Bullock, and Ella Cintorino