The Houston Choral Society is a professional-quality chorus dedicated to bringing audiences great choral music to enrich the soul and advance the choral arts. Founded in 1987, this 80-member choir is composed of passionate, experienced singers who perform a breadth of music from the great masters, contemporary composers, American heritage, musical theater, and opera. In addition to its musical vision of performing great orchestral music, the Choral Society also develops programming that allows audience members to connect with the music on an emotional level by taking them on a journey to explore a particular theme or idea through a diversity of style and genre that provokes thought, dazzles, and surprises.
In recent years, the group has presented a concert version of Gilbert & Sullivan’s H.M.S. Pinafore, Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, Johannes Brahms’ Requiem in the original German, and also debuted a commissioned piece by Dr. Adolphus Hailstork called Set Me on a Rock. The Choral Society has joined voices with various choirs in the past and performed at many Houston venues.
Last season, the Choral Society performed the beloved Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart together with the Benedicite of Ralph Vaughan Williams. At our Christmas concert, we presented the Houston premiere of Arnold Rosner’s Magnificat and also offered the ethereal Lux Aurumque by Eric Whitacre, along with our traditional holiday favorites. The Spring concert was the inspiring “Let Music Live – A Salute to the Future of Music.” This concert was dedicated to public school choir directors, and to all of those who work to help children experience the joys of music. The repertoire included music and poetry from Randall Thompson and Joseph M. Martin to William Shakespeare and Kahlil Gibran.
Always committed to community outreach, The Houston Choral Society has recently partnered with Cy-Hope, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to make life better for the kids in Cypress-Fairbanks ISD. We are now exploring ideas for developing a music initiative for the mission.