Described by Peter Phillips as “one of this country’s leading ensembles,” the Houston Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble at the forefront of choral music in the United States. Led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the ensemble has collaborated and performed with leading artists and conductors of our day, including María Guinand, Paul Hillier, Dave Brubeck, Peter Schickele (a.k.a. P.D.Q. Bach), Bill McGlaughlin, Joseph Flummerfelt, Peter Phillips, Reinbert de Leeuw, and Jamie Bernstein. Houston Chamber Choir has toured internationally from Mexico to Wales and appeared nationally at conventions held by The American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, and most recently at Trinity Wall Street in New York and Yale University. A champion of contemporary music, the choir has commissioned works by Christopher Theofanidis, Dominick DiOrio, Jocelyn Hagen, David Ashley White, Thomas Conroy, Anthony Brandt, Jefferson Todd Frazier, Angel Lam, and Michael Horvit.
The choir’s recording of 19th and 20th century Russian secular choral music, Ravishingly Russian, was greeted with glowing reviews: “Ravishing is right” (Gramophone) and “The singing is top-of-the-line” (American Record Guide). In 2012, the ensemble released the world premiere recording of Psalmi ad Vesperas by late 17th century Italian composer Giovanni Paolo Colonna, and was hailed by Fanfare Magazine as “one recording that Baroque music lovers will need in their collection.” The Houston Chamber Choir released its third commercial album, Soft Blink of Amber Light, on the MSR label on September 22, 2015.