Artistic Director - William H. Mathis





has retired after his 22nd year as Minister of Music and Fine Arts at the Hennepin Ave. United Methodist Church in Minneapolis. A graduate of Westminster Choir College, Bill has served churches and colleges in the Midwest, New Jersey, California, and Oklahoma.

Bill is an active clinician, leading workshops or guest conducting in 35 states, including national events for the American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, the American Guild of Organists, and teaching conferences. He is noted for a rehearsal style which leads to vocal and musical understanding.


He has served on state boards of ACDA in California, Oklahoma, and Minnesota. His compositions are found in the catalogues of 15 music publishers. He is married to Carolynne Mathis, also a recently retired church musician.  They have six children.

Chorus Polaris has a distinguished history in the Twin Cities, performing music for voices and instruments from a wide variety of periods and styles. The vision we have for our next chapter includes widening our musical range, increasing our musical skills, and deepening our sense of excellence and community.