Since 1957, the Delaware Choral Society has brought the music of great composers to Dover and its surrounding communities.
Our concert theme is "The Poet's Lyre", a collection of seasonal songs based on poetry by Robert Frost, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and others. Also included will be some familiar holiday carols. The concert will be held on December 11, 2016 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover. Tickets can be purchased from any DCS member or through the Schwartz Center for the Arts either online or by calling 302.678.5152.
Our last concert featured the Requiem by Johannes Brahms was presented Sunday, April 18th at Wyoming United Methodist Church. We were joined by the Delaware Youth Chorale and two wonderful professional soloists. We also had the unique pleasure of presenting the world debut of Fantasy, by Patrick Boland. Mr. Boland was the winner of the 2nd annual Delaware Collegiate Choral Composers Competition sponsored by the Delaware chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. On March 15th singers from all over Delaware joined the Delaware Choral Society (DCS) to sing through four competition entries which were judged by a panel of esteemed Delaware music educators. (Pictured are DCS director James Wilson, winner Patrick Boland and Jeffrey Dokken, artistic director of Coro Allegro).
The Delaware Choral Society (DCS) was formed in Dover in 1957 by a group of church choirs desiring to perform Handel's Messiah. Originally Messiah was performed every December, but over the course of time, the group decided to branch out into other choral music of the great composers. Now works by composers from the Renaissance to the present, as well as renditions of spirituals, folk, and popular music, are performed in concerts held at least twice every year. In 2014 the Delaware Youth Chorale (DYC) was formed by DCS to introduce middle school-aged children to the joys of choral singing. The DYC is now an integral part of DCS concerts. However, every fifth December DCS celebrates its beginnings by perfoming Handel's Messiah. Our next performance of Messiah will be December 3, 2017, which happens to coincide almost to the day of our 60th anniversay! For an overview of all of our concerts, click on Our History.
The Delaware Choral Society is supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on www.DelawareScene.com.
The Delaware Choral Society is also supported, in part, by a grant from the Kent County Fund for the Arts.