History of the Chorale


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.