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History

Our History

1995

Founded by Robert Simpson

The Chamber Choir sings its first concert on June 25th

1999

Invited to perform in Orchestra Hall (Chicago) at the American Choral Directors Association national convention

2002

Wins medal at International Choral Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales

2005

Hosts Tallis at 500 marking the 500th birthday of English Renaissance composer Thomas Tallis, led by Peter Phillips, founder of Tallis Scholars, and American scholar and conductor Alex Blachley

Tours Southern states, performing in Atlanta and at Piccolo Spoleto Festival, Charleston, South Carolina

2006

Joins Jazz legend Dave Brubeck and his quartet for his first Houston appearance in over 20 years

2007

Presents Houston’s first period instrument performance of J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor

2008

National Endowment for the Arts selects Chamber Choir to host a national festival of American music with 2004 Musical America Conductor of the Year Joseph Flummerfelt and gospel music specialist Barbara Wesley Baker

Noted Dutch conductor Reinbert De Leeuw directs the Houston Chamber Choir in a performance of Stravinsky’s Les Noces in its first collaboration with Da Camera of Houston

Gives Southwestern premiere of Vivaldi’s recently discovered masterpiece Dixit Dominus with Bill McGlaughlin, host of Public Radio’s “Exploring Music” and “St. Paul Sunday”

Appears as featured choir at the Texas Choral Directors Association in San Antonio

2009

Stages Duke Ellington’s Third Sacred Concert, his last major work

Releases Ravishingly Russian CD on MSR Classics Label to strong reviews - "Ravishing is right.” - Laurence Vittes, Gramophone

2010

Hosts Chorus America’s national conducting Masterclass with Yale University professor Marguerite Brooks and renowned Swedish conductor Robert Sund

Accepts invitation to perform in Dallas at the national convention of the Organization of American Kodály Educators

Peter Schickele joins the Chamber Choir for “Bach in the Saddle, An Evening of P.D.Q. Bach”

Robert Simpson receives Chorus America’s Michael Korn Founders Award for Development of the Professional Choral Art

2011

Drama Desk nominee Judith Blazer appears with the Chamber Choir in a Broadway-inspired evening at Alley Theater

Gives first modern day performance of Giovanni Paolo Colonna’s Psalmi ad Vesperas

2012

Tours Northeast with stops at Yale University and New York City’s Trinity Wall Street

Jamie Bernstein, daughter of Leonard Bernstein, hosts an evening of personal reminiscences and music by her father

Releases world-premiere recording of Psalmi ad Vesperas on MSR Classics Label with acclaim – “This is one album Baroque music lovers will need to have in their collection.” – Bertil van Boer, FANFARE

2013

Accepts second invitation to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association in Dallas

Simon Carrington, founding member of The King’s Singers and Yale University professor emeritus, guest conducts the Houston Chamber Choir in an all British program

2014

María Guinand, world-renowned Venezuelan conductor, leads the Houston Chamber Choir in a program of Latin-American music