About Chorale Coeur d'Alene

Our Mission

Chorale Coeur d'Alene brings great choral music to life. The Chorale pursues excellence in the tradition of performing sacred and secular works, involves young people in choral participation, and contributes to vibrant community life.

Our Leaders

Dr. Joshua Chism

Artistic Director

Joshua Chism has served as AD for the Chorale since 2022. He holds a PhD in Music Education with an emphasis in Conducting and Choral Pedagogy, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, a Bachelor of Music Education degree, and a Bachelor of Music Composition degree. Additionally, he holds Kodály Level I, II, and III certification.

His research interests include the impact of service-learning internships, music assessment, MUED curriculum content, and community music. Joshua has recently presented research at the Collegiate Musicological Society, NAfME, ACDA, and SMTE conferences.


David Brewster

Collaborative Pianist

David Brewster enjoys an active career as a pianist, music director and conductor in the greater Spokane area. He holds the degrees of Master of Arts in Music (Washington State University, 2008) and Bachelor of Arts in Music (Whitworth University, 2006) and in 2007 participated in the Bösendorfer International Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria.

In addition to his work as a collaborative pianist with Chorale Coeur d’Alene, David has also appeared with the Spokane Symphony Chorale, Spokane Chorale Artists, and Spokane Kantorei Choir. David is on the Advisory Council for the Idaho Central Spokane Valley Performing Arts Center, scheduled to open in summer 2024, and serves as music director and conductor for Spokane Valley Summer Theatre’s summer programming as well as its Big Band Christmas shows. As a pianist, David has toured throughout the United States and Canada with Irish tenor Michael Londra as part of his Celtic Fire and Ireland with Michael tours. Aside from his career as a musician, David enjoys skiing, cycling, cooking, and being Liberty’s husband and “Dada” to Fiona and Rowan.

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 decided to form a new chorale called The Northwest Sacred Music Chorale.  After many successful years, the chorale has grown to over 80 members and the increasing quality has been recognized by many.  Most recently, the chorale was honored to be invited as the headline ensemble at the Chewelah Christmas Festival.

The chorale has always felt a need to support youth in music education.  The Young Artist Competition has recognized many outstanding youth in the past 14 years and will continue to encourage youth to further their music education though larger scholarships and corporate sponsorships.

In 2017, the chorale’s name was changed to Chorale Coeur d’Alene to match the chorale’s broader community and cultural arts mission and to give the chorale a home of record.  While the name has changed, the chorale membership still draws from all over the Inland Northwest, serving Kootenai, Spokane, Bonner and Latah counties.   


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.

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