Intimate sounds and exquisite blend mark our Chamber Ensemble. The carefully selected 32 member chamber chorus performs smaller choral works ranging in style from early Renaissance music to contemporary pieces, accompanied or a cappella. Ensemble members have extensive choral backgrounds, the majority of whom are professional musicians. The Chamber Ensemble offers two performances a season and combines with the Symphonic Chorus for “On a Winter’s Eve” and other concerts throughout the year. Select high school choirs regularly appear on stage with the Chamber Ensemble in concert.
The Chamber Ensemble has performed on the stages of the Texas Choral Directors Association convention in San Antonio and the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Ballet Austin and as part of the Georgetown Festival of the Arts. The Chamber Ensemble sang at the famed International Festival Institute at Round Top in 2002 and returned as part of the Institute’s first Choral Festival in 2008. Members of the chamber ensemble regularly perform in small groups at the Dell Diamond, at nursing homes, retirement centers, schools, churches and for events such as weddings and conventions. Founded in 1985 as the Austin Handel-Haydn Society, the group joined with Austin Civic Chorus under the umbrella of Chorus Austin in 1999.