Hear the Future:
Annual Invitational Choral Festival

The clinic was WONDERFUL. The Dekaney Choir learned so much and loved it. On a personal level I must say that it was a joy to observe, listen and watch all of the clinics and learn from other schools and directors. It was refreshing to leave Saturday and know that there are hard working students and adults all over Houston that love singing. The uniqueness of this even was the fact that it wasn’t about winning, but collaboration and the JOY of making music.
— Melissa J. Cox, Director, Dekaney High School Choir

Hear the Future
20th Annual Invitational Choral Festival
At South Main Baptist Church

Choral Clinic: Saturday, January 26, 2019
8:30 AM to 4:30 PM

Free Community Concert: Sunday, January 27, 2019
4:00 PM


Hear the Future Concert

Masters of Ceremonies and Educational Leaders:
Sally Schott and Eddie Quaid

Each year, the Houston Chamber Choir invites three outstanding choirs from the Greater Houston area to participate in their annual invitational choral festival. The elementary, middle, and high school choir featured serve to acknowledge and encourage high standards for all school choirs. Now entering its 20th year, thousands of students from over 40 of the area's finest school choral programs have participated in Hear the Future. This free community concert gives audience members a chance to show their support and appreciation for the outstanding work being done by music educators and their talented singers.

2019 Concert participants

  • The Kinder HSPVA Chorale from Houston ISD directed by Shannon Carter

  • Tompkins High School from Katy ISD directed by Christin Reinartz

  • The Mu Varsity Chorale from North Shore High School in Galena Park ISD directed by Enrique Collazo


Hear the Future Clinic

Featured Guest Clinician:
Dr. Rick Bjella, Artistic Director of the San Antonio Chamber Choir

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, the Houston Chamber Choir expanded the festival to include a Saturday clinic for eight Title I high school choirs, led by Dr. Rick Bjella, who provided expert guidance, instruction, and encouragement to the high schools participating. 

2019 Clinic Participants

  • Dekaney High School, Melissa Cox, Director

  • Crosby High School, Brianna Fernandez, Director

  • Hightower High School, Marion Ross, Director

  • Pasadena High School, Gabriel Perez, Director

  • C.E. King High School, Anthony Allen, Director

  • Cypress Park High School, Kammi Estelle, Director

  • MacArthur High School, Micah Schirado, Director

  • Klein Cain High School, Austin Dean, Director



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Past participants

Aldine Children’s Honor Choir · Arnold Middle School Varsity Mixed Chorus · Bellaire High School Choir · Cinco Ranch High School Chorale · Clear Brook High School Symphonic Chorale · Cy-Fair Singers · Cypress Falls High School Choir · Fort Settlement Middle Varsity Choir · High School for the Performing and Visual Arts · HISD Elementary Honors Choir · Humble High School · James E. Taylor High School · Jersey Village Chamber Singers · Kahla Middle School Choir · Katy ISD Elementary Honor Choir · Kingwood High School · Klein Oak High School Chorale · Knox Junior High School Choir · Lamar High School · Langham Creek High School · Lanier Middle School · Mayde Creek Junior High School · Mayde Creek High School Kantori · McCullough Junior High School · Memorial Middle School Mixed · Mitchell Intermediate School · O. Davis High School Choir · Parker Elementary School · Pearl Hall Elementary School · The Rice School · Roth Elementary · St. John’s School · St. Theresa’s Catholic School · South Houston High School · Spring High School · Spring Branch Middle School · Spring Oaks Middle School · Twin Creeks Middle School · The Woodlands High School