Since 1957, the Delaware Choral Society has brought the music of great composers to Dover and its surrounding communities.
Our next concert, Earth Shall Ring, will be held December 13, 2015 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts and will feature seasonal music from around the world. Rehearsals will start September 15, 2015. As always the concert will feature our adult choir as well as the Delaware Youth Chorale, a youth organization providing a choral outlet for children grades 4 through 7.
In the spring of 2016 we will be collaborating with the Delaware State University Concert Choir for the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn. Rehearsals will begin in January and the concert is scheduled for April 17, 2016.
Our most recent concert was presented Sunday, April 19, 2015 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts and featured Carl Orff's Carmina Burana. What an exciting moment it was with the two grand pianos, percussion, and amazing solos! We also had the pleasure of presenting a brand new composition by the winner of the first annual Delaware Collegiate Choral Composers Competition, Emily DeWoolfson.
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 10, 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 Kent County Fund for the Arts, and 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.