about us

Gloria Dei Chorale is a diverse, welcoming, ecumenical community chorus open to all men and women who wish to commit of their time, talents, heart, and skills to produce fine musical experiences for both performers and audience, while also helping their fellow man.


We prepare two concerts per season, and all of the proceeds collected from each concert go directly to a charity in our local community. Since 2005, our proceeds have gone to 15 Place, Penelope House, South Alabama CARES--Community AIDS Resources, Education and Support, NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the Alabama Head Injury Foundation, the Independent Living Center of Mobile, Our Sisters' Closet, St. Mary's Home for Children, Victory Health Partners, Ozanam Charitable Pharmacy, Catholic Social Services, Disabled American Veterans, and Mulherin Home.


Our repertoire covers a broad range of styles and periods, with classical music predominating. Based at St. John's Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama, Gloria Dei Chorale is getting ready to begin its eighteenth season, and is a positive, vital force in the artistic community of Mobile and the surrounding area.


History


Gloria Dei Chorale was founded in 1999 by John Hawn, who was then the Organist/Choirmaster at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Mobile, Alabama. Upon John's departure to a new position in the year 2001, the reins of the group were handed to Randy Bolden, Director of Music at St. Dominic Catholic Church in Mobile. Under Randy Bolden's direction, the Chorale continued to grow and develop at St. Luke's. At the end of the 2004-2005 season, due to additional responsibilities and time constraints, Randy passed the reins to the group's current director, Louis Daniel, then Choirmaster/Organist at St. Luke's. At this juncture, it was decided to take the Chorale in a new direction...that of charitable outreach, coupled with our prior core mission of musical outreach and artistic excellence. We are excited about the positives this intersection of art and charity continue to bring to our community.  Now preparing for our 19th season and based at St. John's Episcopal Church, we continue to grow under the capable direction of Louis Daniel.


As we look to the future, we look forward to growing in every respect:

  • Growth in the number of participating musicians
  • Growth in the quality and breadth of our musical offerings
  • Growth in the personal ties we share within the group
  • Growth in the impact of our outreach in the larger community.