Our History

In the summer of 2001, Cynthia Haberman Marlette assembled a small, dedicated group of vocalists who recognized a lack of choral opportunities for adult singers in the Coeur d’Alene area, and made a decision to form a new chorale. The Northwest Sacred Music Chorale was born.  Click Here for a full history.

Our Mission

We exist to promote the highest standards in performance of quality choral music including sacred, classic & secular works for the enjoyment and education of its members and audiences.

Our Organization

 Chorale Coeur d'Alene is a non-profit organization under IRS 501(c)(3). Your contribution may be tax deductible. Please contact your tax advisor for details.


Dr. Stanley McDaniel
Conductor/Artistic Director Emeritus


Dr. Stan McDaniel is well known to Inland Northwest audiences as a choral conductor, composer, and founder/ director of the Westminster Chamber Orchestra.


He holds a Masters in Vocal Performance from the University of North Carolina/Chapel Hill and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Sacred Music from the University of Southern California where he majored in choral and orchestral conducting.

He has studied with and sung under premier choral conductors of the 20th century including Olaf Christiansen, Lara Hoggard, and Rodney Eichenberger.


David Brewster

David Brewster holds the degrees of Master of Arts in Music (Washington State University, 2008) and Bachelor of Arts in Music (Whitworth University, 2006). His major teachers were Jeffrey Savage and Judith Schoepflin. Following graduation, David taught private and class piano at Whitworth University in addition to serving as a vocal and instrumental accompanist. He also taught as a graduate teaching assistant while at Washington State University. In 2007, David traveled to Vienna, Austria to participate in the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy, where he studied with Krassimira Jordan, Paul Barnes and Timothy Ehlen.


As a pianist, David has toured nationally and internationally with Irish tenor Michael Londra as part of his Celtic Fire tour. He served as accompanist for the Crescendo Community Chorus of Spokane from 2008¬2013. Additionally, he has appeared as a keyboardist with the national tours of The Book of Mormon, Wicked, and Little House on the Prairie.


Most recently, David served as music director and conductor for Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s productions of Oliver! and Bring It On. He has also appeared as a music director and keyboardist with Spokane Civic Theater, Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre and Lake City Playhouse.

Chorale Board Members:

Judith Horton, Chair
Patricia Matson, Vice Chair
Vince Roland, Treasurer
Larry Almeida, Secretary

Judy Riffe, Director
Kenneth Sewell, Director

Bert Newman, Director

Hank Broeckling, Director

Dr. McDaniel retired effective August 31, 2020.


If you have a passion for choral music and those who perform it, training and experience in choral conducting, 

knowledge of both sacred and secular choral repertory and the energy to bring those strengths and resources 

to our Inland Northwest following, please let us know of your interest and abilities by applying to succeed Stan 

beginning with the 2021 – 2022 season. To submit a Resumé and cover letter describing your interests, e-mail them to JudithAnneHorton@gmail.com, or snail mail them to:


Judith Horton, Board Chair

6863 W Meadowbrook Lp

Coeur d’Alene, ID  83814


All materials should be received by February 15, 2021.

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