Chorus Austin is an award-winning symphonic ensemble specializing in large-scale masterworks with professional orchestras and soloists. The Symphonic Chorus, which includes up to 160 amateur and professional singers selected by audition, offers a cross-section of some of the best vocal talent and musical passion in Central Texas.
The Symphonic Chorus provides a strong concert season, including two major programs, its annual Sing-It-Yourself Messiah, and the wildly popular “On a Winter’s Eve” concert in December. The chorus has performed with the Austin Symphony Orchestra and the Georgetown Festival of Arts. Chorus Austin has been on stage at Carnegie Hall, Bass Concert Hall, Dell Hall at the Long Center for the Performing Arts, and Riverbend Centre. In 2010, members of Chorus Austin journeyed to China to perform as part of the 2010 World Expo.
As one of the oldest continuously performing music organizations in Austin, Chorus Austin has amassed a succession of honors and awards including:
- 2012: Named one of the Top 10 Classical Musical Treasures of 2011 by Robert Faires of the Austin Chronicle for its performance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle.
- 2010: National finalist, The American Prize, for a concert featuring Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C Minor, Loris Chobanian’s Kaddish for a Young Artist and the premiere of Chorus Austin Artistic Director Ryan Heller’s choral arrangement of El Moley Rachamin
- 2008: Nominated for Austin Critics’ Table award for the world premiere of John-Michael Cooper’s edition of Mendelssohn’s St. Paul.
- 2006: Austin Critics’ Table “Outstanding Symphonic Concert” award, shared with the Austin Symphony, for the performance of Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 13, Babi Yar.
- 2003: Austin Critics’ Table “Outstanding Choral Concert” award for the concert, “The Mighty Russians.”