Josalee M. Birchfield

Queen Anne's Chorale Founder

July 15, 1933 - October 22, 2019

JOSALEE MORRELL BIRCHFIELD, 86, of Annapolis, Maryland died on October 22nd, 2019 in Annapolis. She was born on July 15, 1933 in Bristol, Tennessee to the late Flora Evelyn Morrell and Lewis E. Morrell and grew up in Bristol, Tennessee. She married the late John Cooper Birchfield from Roanoke, Virginia on September 10, 1955. She graduated from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey in 1955 with a Bachelor of Music degree and from Rider College, in Lawrenceville, New Jersey in 1978 with a Master of Arts degree.


Following Josalee’s graduation from Westminster Choir College, she worked as an organist in several churches, taught piano lessons in her home. Throughout her life she has been involved in community musical events, serving on the New Jersey State Arts Council; directing a madrigal choir in East Lansing, Michigan; serving on the Queen Anne County Arts Council; acting as in interim music director at Woods Memorial Presbyterian Church in Severna Park, Maryland and forming the Queen Anne’s Chorale in Maryland, which just recognized her contribution recently at its 30th anniversary celebration.


As first director of the Queen Anne’s Chorale, Mrs. Birchfield felt it vital to select a repertoire that would appeal to the singers and to the community. She also felt that it was very important that the singers and the audience had an opportunity to interact; she began a tradition of having a cookie and punch reception following the concerts. This same feeling of connection was also fostered within the Chorale with annual social gatherings, frequently at the Birchfield’s home.


Donations be made in memory of Josalee Birchfield to Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.