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The Choral Society of Greensboro was organized in 1983 by Barry Auman, Richard Cox, Sam Doyle, Eleanor Nesbit and others in the Greensboro musical community. David Pegg was the first director, and Bill Carroll led the Choral Society from 1984 through the 1998/1999 season. Sam Doyle and Carol Burnett led the 1999/2000 season. Bill Young was the director for the 2000/2001 through the 2006/2007 seasons. Bruce Kiesling became the Musical Director in 2007.The organization is sponsored by the City Arts Division of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department and was formed to provide an opportunity for volunteer singers to perform masterworks for chorus and orchestra. In recent years, the Choral Society has included in its repertoire a wide variety of choral literature ranging from the REQUIEM settings of Verdi, Mozart and Berlioz to a Black History Month Concert and an All Gershwin Evening. Other performances include Carl Orff's Carmina Burana, Haydn's Mass in Time of War, Bruckner's Te Deum, Beethoven's Symphony # 9 and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.
With more than 180 volunteer singers, the chorus is open without audition to anyone in the community. Two to three concerts are scheduled during the regular season along with additional performances at civic gatherings.
Following a successful tour sponsored by Hinshaw Music Company with noted jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck and organist Diane Bish during the summer of 1987 and a 1989 tour of England, Scotland and Wales, fifty members of the Choral Society joined other singers from around the world for the East - West United Song Festival in Tallin, Estonia, during the summer of 1991. During the summer of 1992 the Choral Society performed two world premieres for Hinshaw Music Celebration events in Chapel Hill, NC, and Wheeling, WV, and in July of 1993 seventy-five singers toured Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Italy. Almost one hundred Choral Society members performed Mendelssohn's HYMN OF PRAISE in Carnegie Hall in November of 1993. A tour of Germany, France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg followed in 1995 and a tour of Switzerland, Northern Italy, Southern France and Monaco in 1997. In July of 2002, the chorus toured Italy, giving performances in Florence, Perugia, Livorna and Terni -- in addition to impromptu performances in the Baptistery in Pisa, the Pantheon in Rome and St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City. The chorus participated in the York Minster International Chorus at York, England in May 2006.
The Choral Society of Greensboro is sponsored by the Music Center, City Arts of the Greensboro Parks and Recreation Department.
The Choral Society of Greensboro is open to all singers, and there are no membership fees or dues.
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