The History of the Kulshan Chorus

In true community fashion, the concept of Kulshan Chorus was conceived in Flip Breskin's living room during a song circle in 1987. The chorus was initially led by founding director, Roger Griffith and accompanied by Karen Fitzgerald. Roger retired in 2013 and the chorus is currently led by Artistic Director Dustin Willetts.

The powerful and colorful Kulshan Chorus of Bellingham, Washington is an intergenerational, secular and multicultural choir singing in honor of human diversity. The chorus has sung and celebrated for three decades. Drawing on music from America's vast cultural roots, musical selections include a range of styles and origins. Repertoire spans American folk classics to world music; well-known choral works to new premiers.  This eclectic mix brings an awareness and celebration of the world's cultures to both the community of singers and our wider community of audiences.

In addition to regular concert seasons, the Kulshan Chorus performs outreach concerts. The chorus has partnered with the Interfaith Coalition, Habitat for Humanity, Sean Humphrey House AIDS Shelter, Whatcom Human Rights Task Force, and local public schools. The Chorus has performed at Bellingham's Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations since their inception in honor of his legacy. In 1998 Kulshan Chorus appeared with Judy Collins at the Mt. Baker Theatre. In October 2001, the Chorus joined forces with the Whatcom Community Foundation in a program to honor philanthropy in Whatcom County.

The chorus has toured, sharing music with host choirs and musicians in indigenous villages and towns of Ecuador, rural France and Switzerland, Romania, Costa Rica and Croatia. Our staff and pool of musicians maintain a high level of musical excellence. 

Kulshan Chorus performing at Whatcom Museum 1992

Kulshan Chorus performing at Whatcom Museum 1992

Our mission statement: The Kulshan Chorus is a community choir committed to music education and spirited performances celebrating the common bonds of humanity through music

The Kulshan Chorus is a private non-profit educational and performing arts organization [IRS code 501 (c)(3)] that has been performing for Whatcom County audiences since 1987.