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
Kody Wallace, Director
Kody Wallace, PhD, received his Bachelor's of Music Education from the University of Florida, and his Master's of Music Education and PhD in Choral Conducting/Music Education from Florida State University. Dr. Wallace taught for eight years in the Pinellas County School System in the Tampa Bay area. He has also served as the assistant conductor for the American Prize winning Tallahassee Community Chorus and has been a featured conductor with the Festival Singers of Florida. At Florida State, Dr. Wallace taught courses in choral literature, choral conducting, and choral music education.
Dr. Wallace is the Coordinator of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education at Grand Valley State University. He has conducted regional honor choirs across the US, most recently in New York and Georgia, and his choral transcriptions and arrangements are published by Hinshaw Music.