Rochester MN Male Chorus
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About The Rochester Male Chorus

Our Mission

The mission of the Rochester Male Chorus is to entertain, uplift and foster community connections through a commitment to high standards of choral exercise. Believing that music is a universal language that transcends human differences, the Chorus expresses its members' unique talents and individuality to create an artistic experience that connects the integrity of the music, the director, the audiences and one another.

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History

The Rochester Male Chorus was founded on January 27, 1930 by Harold Cooke and has been actively performing locally, nationally and internationally since that time.  The chorus is comprised of 30+ members from Rochester and surrounding areas. The men share a love for music and a desire to be an active part of their community. Besides their annual spring and Christmas concert, they perform at many community events such as Rochesterfest, Food Shelf fund-raisers, Hospice events, and the Eagles Cancer Telethon.

RMC Board Members

Rochester Male Chorus Board

Peter Schuh, President
Ed Heckman, Secretary
Mike Temple, Treasurer
Peter Kay
Dale Ely
Brien Knutson

Ex Officio:
Joel Blair

Artistic Personnel

Joel Blair, Music Director

Rochester Male Chorus Director

Joel's music education includes St. Paul Bible College (currently Crown College) in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota, and seminary work at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth Texas. Joel served as musical director for Cornerstone Theatre in Fort Worth for eight years before moving to Rochester to open Sam's Club. In addition to his Rochester Male Chorus duties, Joel plays piano with the Notochords, a local big band music group and performs piano/vocals for High Contrast, a local dance band. He also actively performs solo for many occasions throughout the community.

Melissa Dalley, Accompanist

Rochester Male Chorus Accompanist

Melissa moved to Rochester from the Chicago area where she earned her Bachelor of Music degree from Wheaton College. She has been accompanying individuals and groups since she was eleven years old. She has been teaching and giving lessons for twenty years. Since moving to Rochester, she has joined Rochester Area Keyboard Club and is a member of Minnesota Music Teachers Association.

Artistic Goals

  • To bring the citizens of SE MN together to experience diverse genres of music and camaraderie through the artistic efforts of Rochester male chorus
  • To provide members with the opportunity to give back to the community through the gift of music and through their involvement in community events
  • To increase awareness of the role of the male voice and the unique history of the male chorus throughout time
  • To enhance accessibility to RMC performances and participation through affordable ticket prices and membership fees