Alamance Chorale Square Logo, 8/17/21


The roots of Alamance Chorale began in 1974 when a group of area singers were brought together to present quality sacred and secular music to the community.

The founder and first director was Elizabeth Wood, then music director for the Bethany Presbyterian Church. From 1975 – 1978, under the direction of Dr. Walter Westafer of Elon College, the first officers were elected, by-laws established, and the name was changed from The Alamance Choral Society to The Alamance Chorale. Since its inception, the Chorale has grown in number and in community recognition. The group is performing our 49th consecutive season, presenting 2 or 3 major concerts a year. The group specializes in sacred and classical music, but also sings selections from Broadway musicals, choruses from famous operas, traditional folk songs, madrigals, and much more.

We are grateful for our donors and supporters.
We can’t do it without you!

Arleen Widerman, Artistic Director ……………………………………………………….. Nancy McMillan, Accompanist
Arleen Widerman, Artistic Director_______________________________________Nancy McMillan, Accompanist

Arleen Widerman ( is a life-long Burlington native and has been involved in the musical life of the community for most of her life. She received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Elon College (now University) and her master’s in Vocal Pedagogy and Music Education from UNC-Greensboro. She retired in 2017 from the Alamance Burlington School System after working for more than 30 years in elementary and high school music education. She has also worked as Minister of Music, first at Hocutt Memorial Baptist Church as a student and then at First Reformed United Church of Christ.

Arleen’s first experience with Alamance Chorale was in 1975 as a college student, and she has been singing with the group since that time when family and work duties allowed. She is enjoying her sixth season (season 49) with the chorale as Artistic Director.

The Chorale’s accompanist is Nancy McMillan. She is a native of Mebane and received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has taught piano privately in Mebane for 45 years and will retire from teaching at the end of May 2023. From 1993 to 2005 she was an accompanist for voice students at Elon University. She began accompanying the Chorale in September of 2003. She is currently pianist at Grove Park Baptist Church.

We would like to thank our current director, Arleen Widerman, and Nancy McMillan, our accompanist, for their extra hours of practice and dedication that they devote to us each week.

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