Since 1957, the Delaware Choral Society has brought the music of great composers to Dover and its surrounding communities.
Our next concert will take place Sunday, April 17, 2016, and will feature A German Requiem by Johannes Brahms. This work will be sung in a beautiful English translation and will be accompanied by soprano and baritone soloists and two grand pianos. Many choir singers are familiar with the 4th movement, which is often sung as "How Lovely is Thy Dwelling Place". Click here to learn more about singing with the Delaware Choral Society.
Our last concert, Earth Shall Ring, was presented Sunday, December 13, 2015 at the Schwartz Center for the Arts and featured seasonal music from around the world. What a joy it was to have renowned harpist Anne Sullivan accompany us along with local college students on percussion. And what fun it was to have some of our very own members join in on oboe, clarinet, recorder and guitars! The Delaware Youth Chorale joined us on several pieces, including the joyful Siyahambe and a beautiful arrangement of The First Noel.
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 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.