The Houston Choral Society is professional-quality civic chorus dedicated to performing great choral music to enrich the soul and advance the choral arts to Houston audiences.
We are a warm, friendly and welcoming group ranging across all ages, professions, and backgrounds. We are also a community with a wide range of musical experience. It is this diversity which has allowed us to thrive for so many years, and we are always ready to accept the refreshing input of new membership. Come join the fun!
HCS rehearses from 7:30-9:30 pm at The Foundry United Methodist Church most Monday evenings from August through mid-May.
Rehearsals for the Spring Semester 2017 will start on Monday,
January 9, 2017 at 7:30 pm.
We have also scheduled a Choral Workshop for Saturday, January 28, 2017 from 8:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. We will use this workshop time to prepare for both the March and May 2017 concerts.
AUDITION SCHEDULE: Spring 2017 Auditions are scheduled as follows:
Saturday, January 7, 2017 – 9:00 am-12:00 pm
Monday, January 9, 2017 – 6:30-7:30 pm
AUDITION REQUIREMENTS: Singers can make an appointment for an audition time slot by e-mailing Penny Nelson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling her at 281-578-3127. Please include your vocal part, preferred email address, and best contact number in your e-mail request. Singers will receive a phone call and an e-mail response with an assigned time slot. Auditions will be performed in front of an audition panel, including the artistic director and section directors.
HCS is looking for strong vocalists ages 18 and over who can sing parts and hold harmonies. Auditions are open to the community. HCS always welcomes new faces!
Auditions will consist of:
- One vocal selection. HCS will provide an accompanist.
- An ear training exercise
- Vocal range testing
- Short sight-reading exercise
OUR LOCATION AND SCHEDULE: Auditions, rehearsals, and most of our concerts are held at The Foundry United Methodist Church, 8350 Jones Road, Houston, 77065 about ½ mile north of Highway 290. Regular HCS rehearsals are held every Monday evening from 7:30 PM to 9:30 PM, unless announced otherwise. Additionally, there may be dress, technical, orchestra and/or sectional rehearsals called before a performance in order to fine-tune the concert.
Our concerts for the 2016-2017 Season:
Sing a Mighty Song: Saturday, October 1, 7:30 PM
Featuring Gloria by British composer, John Rutter.
Handel’s Messiah: Saturday, December 3, 7:30 PM
We will perform Part I of Messiah, known as the Christmas portion, concluding with the popular chorus, “Hallelujah,”
Joy to the World: Sunday, December 4 at 2:30 PM
Featuring Christmas favorites and audience caroling.
Americana: Saturday, March 11 at 7:30 PM; Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 PM
Featuring Randall Thompson’s Frostiana (Seven Country Songs).
Music Fit for a King: Saturday, May 6 at 7:30 PM
Featuring music from royal occasions!
Please note that HCS members pay semester dues twice a year – see the application form and policies document links below. Also, female members are required to purchase concert attire through HCS, and male singers are required to have a tuxedo for each performance. Scholarship assistance is available for these expenses.
We look forward to hearing from you if you are interested in singing with The Houston Choral Society this season!