Symphony Chorale

NFSO ChoraleThe Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale is a select vocal group which performs with the Northwest Florida Symphony Orchestra (NFSO). The Chorale holds open auditions twice a year for membership, with individual auditions scheduled upon request.

Open auditions for vocalists to appear in Fall 2016 performances will be held on August 16, 2016 beginning at 6:00 p.m. in Tyler Recital Hall in the music wing of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center on the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College, 100 College Blvd, East. All prospective new Chorale members are invited to the open audition and info session. Bring a one minute solo appropriate for the voice to be used in the Chorale. Bring sheet music for accompanist if necessary or sing A Capella.  Contact Phyillis Lake at for audition scheduling or an alternate audition time/date.

CHORALE – FALL 1st REHEARSAL & FALL INFO SESSION - August 23 at 6:30 pm, Tyler Recital Hall,  Mattie Kelly Arts Center at the Niceville campus of Northwest Florida State College. All current and new prospective chorale members.

In the Fall 2016, the group will perform in the mainstage theater of the Mattie Kelly Arts Center with the NFSO December 9, 2016 Holiday Pops concert. In the Spring 2017 the Chorale will perform with the NFSO at the “German Masters" concert on April 22, 2017.


Northwest Florida State College is pleased to announce the appointment of Jeffrey Rink as the Director of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale beginning July 2017. In addition to his work with orchestras Mr. Rink has extensive choral experience. After earning a Master’s Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Maryland under Dr. Paul Traver he directed the Masterworks Chorus and Orchestra in the Washington DC area for five seasons. This was followed with his appointment by Sir Christopher Hogwood as Assistant Conductor of Boston’s prestigious Handel & Haydn Society, a position he held for four seasons.

Beginning in 1990 he began a 19-year tenure as Music Director of Boston’s Chorus pro Musica during which he earned critical acclaim for his performances of major Choral-Orchestral repertoire as well as Opera in concert version.

Mr. Rink has since 2007 held the Mattie Kelly Distinguished Chair in Orchestral Music at Northwest Florida State College.

Past Director - Lois Henry

After more than a decade of innovative leadership of the Northwest Florida Symphony Chorale, NWF State College Professor of Music Lois Henry stepped down as director of the vocal ensemble in August 2016 order to assume other roles within the college’s Division of Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts as well as to pursue additional professional opportunities as a composer and the region’s leading concert pianist.  Ms. Henry will continue her duties as a full-time Professor of Music at the college teaching piano, voice, and music theory and will also continue to lead the college’s premier women’s chorus Belle Voci. 

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