Press Releases

Press Releases

  • 2015 Annual Gala

    The Houston Chamber Choir’s upcoming annual gala "Giving Voice to the Future" will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Rice Crystal Ballroom in downtown Houston. The event will benefit the Houston Chamber Choir, a 501 (c)(3) organization, and will honor Charles Schwab Co., Inc. a most generous supporter. The Houston Chamber Choir is a professional ensemble devoted to increasing the awareness, appreciation, and esteem of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach, and education.

    Nineteen years after its founding, the Houston Chamber Choir continues to build upon its record of distinguished performances and community engagement. We are pleased the Choir has begun the third year of its in-school residency, Rise Up Singing! at The Rusk School on the East side of Houston; this inspiring program is changing the lives of young students who have no access to music at school. Our goal is to add an additional school in the new school year. As a supporter, you can take pride in knowing you have furthered the success and community impact of one of Houston’s most significant performing arts ensembles.

    At last year’s event, the Houston Chamber Choir raised over $90,000 to support its performances and music education programs. This year, our goal is to raise over $100,000. The evening will include wine, dinner, live and silent auctions, and most importantly, music!

  • Mozart's Messiah Magic

    Mozart greatly admired Handel's Messiah and when asked in 1788 to perform it he happily agreed — that is, of course, after he'd given it a thorough updating. The Houston Chamber Choir brings Houston audiences a rare chance to hear this masterpiece as re-orchestrated by Mozart, complete with all the instruments then considered standard for a classical symphony: trombones, horns, and, Mozart's favorite instrument, the clarinet. What a team Handel and Mozart make! Handel's original intention remains unchanged. It will be performed in its entirety as an Easter reflection on the biblical depiction of the life, birth, death, resurrection, and ascension of Jesus Christ.

  • A Sea Change | Music of the Baltic Nations - with award-winning conductor Paul Hillier

    On February 21st, world-renowned conductor Paul Hillier makes his Houston debut leading the Houston Chamber Choir in passionate music from the Baltic Sea. In the late 1980s, the world watched in admiration as three little Baltic countries overthrew their oppressive Soviet regimes. Throughout their struggle for freedom the Baltic peoples gathered by the thousands to draw strength from choral music in what became known as "The Singing Revolution." We pay tribute to their courage and resolve in a concert of music by Arvo Pärt and his fellow composers from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

  • The future has never sounded brighter!

    Houston Chamber Choir presents Hear the Future: 16th Annual Invitational School Choral Festival, with St. John’s Singers, Arnold Middle School, and Klein Oak High School. Hear the Future pays tribute to the essential work done by outstanding choral music educators and their excellent choirs in our region. Concert-goers enjoy an afternoon of music while showing their support of arts education in our schools, leaving convinced that the future has never sounded brighter! A highlight of the Houston Chamber Choir season, this invitational school choral festival annually showcases three exceptional schools. This year’s invitees are the St. John's Singers from St. John’s School, co-directed by Angela Brill and Audra Parrish; the Bella Voce Women and Chorale Men from Arnold Middle School in Cy-Fair ISD, under the direction of Marie Parisot, Laura Martin, and Andrew Passmore; and the Klein Oak Chorale from Klein Oak High School in Klein ISD, directed by Michael J. Goede, Austin Dean and Bryanna Johnson.

  • Double Your Impact by Giving Before the New Year

    If someone offered you the chance to double your money, would you take it? At the Houston Chamber Choir, we most certainly did when Michael and Laura Puzio committed to matching all new and increased gifts received before January 1, 2015!

    This exciting challenge means your support could have twice the impact to the Houston Chamber Choir’s performances, its music education opportunities to students in need and sharing music through critically acclaimed commercial recordings.

    In our 19th Season, we are proud to share with you superb choral music with our popular holiday concert tradition: Christmas at the Villa. In February, we welcome world-renowned guest conductor Paul Hillier with a program of music from the Baltic nations. In March, we present Mozart’s majestic re-orchestration of Handel’s Messiah. May brings a collaboration with Da Camera of Houston featuring a performance of Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms, as well as our first appearance with the Houston Ballet.

    the rusk school rise up singing houston chamber choirOur educational initiative at The Rusk School – Rise Up Singing! – is changing the lives of young students who have no other access to music at their school. Each week the Houston Chamber Choir goes into the school and helps launch these students on a life-long journey of music appreciation. We are dedicated to making a lasting impact with our education programs.

    In the spring of 2015, the ensemble will release its latest commercial recording presenting outstanding works written especially for the Houston Chamber Choir by four of our country’s leading choral composers.

    Your new or increased year-end gift will have a significant impact on our work in the community enabling us to change lives with the power of choral music through performance, outreach and education.





  • Announcing 2014-2015 Season

    houston chamber choir season 2014-2015Robert Simpson, Artistic Director and Founder of the Houston Chamber Choir is pleased to announce the Chamber Choir’s 19th season: The Voices of Houston. Each of this season’s offerings highlights the Houston Chamber Choir’s multi-talented musicians in a wide range of diverse choral repertoire. ‘The Voices of Houston’ is a season of thrilling firsts as the Houston Chamber Choir welcomes Grammy Award- winning conductor Paul Hillier to Houston for the first time, celebrates its inaugural performance with the Houston Ballet, and makes its Miller Outdoor Theatre debut.

    The 2014-2015 season opens in September with ‘The Splendor of Venice’, antiphonal music for 2 and 3 choirs by Gabrieli, Hassler, and Schütz presented in collaboration with preeminent Canadian sackbut and string ensemble ¡Sacabuche!.

    In October, ‘Love Me Do!’ featuring Brahms and The Beatles returns with a special program at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

    The Chamber Choir’s November offering, ‘Farewell to Arms,’ is an observance of the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of World War I and the world’s subsequent yearning for world peace. The program includes works by Richard Rodney Bennett, Karl Jenkins, and Francis Poulenc.

    Houston Chamber Choir celebrates the joys of the Christmas season with a Houston holiday favorite, ‘Noël, Noël: Christmas at the Villa’ in December. This season the Chamber Choir offers a festive mixture of lilting carols, choral classics, and new works sure to become audience favorites.

    The region’s young choristers take the stage in January with another Houston Chamber Choir tradition: ‘Hear the Future.’ The annual Invitational Choral Festival features notable Houston-area choirs from elementary to high school.

    In February, internationally renowned choral conductor Paul Hillier makes his Houston debut leading the Chamber Choir in ‘Baltic Sea Change.’ This will be an evening of passionate music from the Baltic coast including works by Arvo Pärt and fellow composers from Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania.

    As the Easter season approaches, ‘Mozart’s Messiah Magic’ gives Houston audiences a rare chance to hear Mozart’s re-orchestration of Handel’s masterpiece at the time of year for which it was originally intended. Mozart updated this legendary oratorio with woodwinds, timpani, and extra brass, all essential instruments for a classical period composer.

    ‘Sacred Visions,’ presented in collaboration with Da Camera offers Stravinsky’s moving Symphony of Psalms in a rarely heard version for chorus and two pianos. Adding to the drama of the program will be the lighting effects of Tony Award and MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” winner, Jennifer Tipton.

    The final concert of the season marks the first joint performance of the Houston Chamber Choir and the Houston Ballet. Jiří Kylián’s Svadebka will be danced to one of the most important compositions in ballet history, Stravinsky’s Les Noces featuring Houston Chamber Choir.

    Houston Chamber Choir
    The Voices of Houston 2014-2015 Season

    The Splendor of Venice | Antiphonal Music for 2 and 3 choirs
    Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 7:30 pm
    The Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart

    Love Me Do!
    Love Songs of the '60s
    Sunday, October 5, 2014, 8:00 pm
    Miller Outdoor Theatre
    Free Admission

    Farewell to Arms
    Saturday, November 8, 2014, 7:30 pm
    Christ Church Cathedral

    Noël, Noël | Christmas at the Villa
    Saturday, December 13, 2014, 3:30 & 7:30 pm
    Sunday, December 14, 2014 3:30 & 7:30 pm
    The Chapel of the Villa de Matel

    Hear the Future
    16th Annual Invitational School Choral Festival
    Sunday, January 25, 2015, 4:00 pm
    South Main Baptist Church
    Free Admission

    Baltic Sea Change | Music of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania
    Saturday, February 21, 2015, 7:30 pm
    South Main Baptist Church

    Mozart’s Messiah Magic
    Saturday, March 28, 2015, 7:30 pm
    South Main Baptist Church

    Sacred Visions
    Saturday, May 2, 2015; 8:00 PM
    Cullen Theater, Wortham Theater Center
    Presented in collaboration with Da Camera

    HOUSTON BALLET presents
    Morris, Welch and Kylián with Houston Chamber Choir

    7:30 pm on May 28, 30, June 5 & 6, 2015
    2:00 pm on May 31, June 7, 2015
    Brown Theater, Wortham Theater Center
    HoustonBallet.org or (713) 227-2787

    Season subscription packages will be available for purchase on May 17, 2014. Individual tickets for concerts will go on sale on August 1, 2014.

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Audience Comments

Best choral group I've ever heard!

—Jan Kellogg

You are so versatile, so spirited, so excellent!

—Patron survey comment, after the Love Me Do! concert (May 2014)

Joy beyond description! So entertaining - gorgeous voices, fantastic dancing, instrumentalists. The conductor was so expressive and fun to watch.

—Patron survey comment, after the "Todo Unidos - Todos Cantamos" concert (February 2014)

This concert has become a family Christmas tradition!

—Patron survey comment, after the "Christmas at the Villa" concert (December 2013)

Beautiful singing - impeccable playing. Wonderful preparation and conducting.

—Patron survey comment, after the "Requiem for a President" concert (November 2013)

To submit your thoughts on your recent Houston Chamber Choir experience, please email Grace Svatek.