About Us

CoroAllegro is an ensemble of dedicated avocational singers (professional and experienced amateur) devoted to the accomplished performance of a wide variety of fine choral literature, with particular emphasis on less frequently performed works. Under the direction of Jeffrey Sean Dokken, CoroAllegro sings in concert halls, schools and community facilities throughout the State of Delaware and in surrounding states.

Audition Information

CoroAllegro is always interested in hearing experienced choral singers with good sight reading abilities. Interested singers should contact Jeffrey Dokken at coroallegromusicdirector@gmail.com for more information or to arrange an audition time.

An audition consists of: exploration of range, tonal memory and aural skills; and a brief sight reading piece.

Outreach Performance Information

In accordance with our Mission Statement, CoroAllegro regularly performs seasonal or other programs for the area's underserved audiences, particularly those in retirement communities or convalescent centers. For information about scheduling CoroAllegro for a performance at your facility, email our outreach coordinator at info@coroallegro.com.

Personnel

Artistic Director,
Jeffrey Sean Dokken

Board of Directors (2014-15)

President, Ronnie Cimprich
Vice President,
Wynne B Hewitt
Secretary,
Wendy Kinna
Treasurer, Becky Hamilton
& Ruth Sanders

Andrea Bukay
Kenneth de Groot
Anthony DelNegro
Kathleen A Dobek
Wynne B Hewitt
Renee Lamoreaux
Jeff Meadows

Soprano
Elaine Atz
Lynn Robertson Bishop
Becky Hamilton
Wynne B Hewitt
Janet A. James
Renee Lamoreaux
Carol H. Lind
Kate Roby
Mitzi Rohrbacher

Tenor
Anthony DelNegro
Jeff Meadows
Dana Robertson
David Teager

Alto
Ronnie Cimprich
Cindy Cohen
Pauline Dempsey
Sandy Fine
LoriAnn Ford
Ann Marie Johnson
Gina M. Wilson

Bass
David Bowlsbey
Kenneth de Groot
William Farnham
Frank Gerace
Rob Kennan
Joseph Lupo
Dave Vallee

 

Our Mission

The goals of CoroAllegro are: the pursuit of artistic excellence in small ensemble singing, both in a cappella works and in collaboration with instrumental artists; community outreach to traditionally underserved audiences, including individuals in retirement and convalescent communities; and arts literacy and education, ranging from preschool children's classical music programming to interactive workshops with high school students. We aim for an intimate performance environment, which includes rather than separates the audience; attendance at community outreach concerts ranges from 60 to 100, while formal concerts target an audience of 200 to 400. CoroAllegro's combination of small size, artistic excellence and performance versatility, which includes repertoire otherwise not available to Delaware audiences, make it a unique volunteer organization in the Wilmington area.

Our History...and Future

In the spring of 1986, CoroAllegro (then known as the Delaware Chamber Choir), an auditioned group of twelve adult volunteer singers, was established as an outgrowth of the Performing Arts Society. In 1987, Jack Warren Burnam was named Music Director. Under Mr. Burnam's leadership, not only did the group grow in size, but it matured in its ensemble and sound, as it explored a diverse and challenging repertoire.

This repertoire includes a wide spectrum of vocal music, including Renaissance motets and madrigals, baroque cantatas, chamber works from the classical and romantic periods, and secular and sacred 20th and 21st century works. Whenever possible, music is performed in the original language, which has included such diverse tongues as Spanish, Hebrew, and Czech. In addition, CoroAllegro has increased the repertoire for chamber choruses by commissioning new works from noted composers including Alice Parker and Craig Phillips.

CoroAllegro enjoys broad support from our patrons and from the arts community. We are consistently awarded grant monies from the Delaware State Arts Council.

A continuing addition to the legacy of CoroAllegro is our "CoroAllegro and Friends" event, where we augment our performance forces to present major works of the choral repertoire accompanied by orchestra. Past performances have included Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Jack Warren Burnam was CoroAllegro's Music Director since its inception. In April 2014, Jack conducted his last concert with the group. He bid a fond farewell to the group as he moved on to other avenues of musical creation. While with the group, he enjoyed an active professional career in Delaware for over forty years as a choral conductor, organist, teacher, accompanist and composer. He is Choirmaster and Organist at Immanuel Church on the Green in New Castle, Delaware. All the singers, past and present, offer him a fond farewell.

In May of 2014, Jeffrey Manns was named interim Director and David Lockart, interim Associate Director.

In May of 2015, Jeffrey Sean Dokken was named Artistic Director of CoroAllegro. Find out all about Jeff here.

Please mark your calendars for this year's concert season. We hope to see you!

CoroAllegro
CoroAllegro, Inc. - PO Box 63 - Montchanin, DE 19710-0063
Phone: 302-658-6915

General Information: info@coroallegro.com
Outreach Coordinator: Ronnie Cimprich - info@coroallegro.com
To be added to our mailing list send your request to info@coroallegro.com

If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to CoroAllegro, please send your check to: CoroAllegro, Inc., PO Box 63, Montchanin, DE 19710-0063