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.
CoroAllegro is always interested in hearing experienced choral
singers with good sight reading abilities. Interested singers should
contact Jeffrey Dokken at email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jeffrey Sean Dokken
Board of Directors (2014-15)
President, Ronnie Cimprich
Vice President, Wynne B Hewitt
Secretary, Wendy Kinna
Treasurer, Becky Hamilton
& Ruth Sanders
Kenneth de Groot
Kathleen A Dobek
Wynne B Hewitt
Lynn Robertson Bishop
Wynne B Hewitt
Janet A. James
Carol H. Lind
Ann Marie Johnson
Gina M. Wilson
Kenneth de Groot
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
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
Please mark your calendars for this year's concert season. We hope
to see you!
CoroAllegro, Inc. - PO Box 63 - Montchanin, DE 19710-0063
General Information: email@example.com
Outreach Coordinator: Ronnie Cimprich - firstname.lastname@example.org
To be added to our mailing list send your request to email@example.com
If you would like to make a tax-deductible contribution to CoroAllegro,
please send your check to: CoroAllegro, Inc., PO Box 63, Montchanin,