Since 1957, the Delaware Choral Society has brought the music of great composers to Dover and its surrounding communities.
Our next concert will feature John Rutter's Mass of the Children and will be held at the new Dover High School Auditorium in early April 2017 (more details to come). This program will prominently feature our own Delaware Youth Chorale (DYC), a choir of 3rd through 8th grade singers from all over Kent County. Rehearsals for the DYC begin Tuesday, January 3rd at 5pm. Rehearsals for the adult choir begin Tuesday, January 10th at 6pm.
Our most recent concert, A Poet's Lyre was held Sunday, December 11th at the Schwartz Center for the Arts in downtown Dover. We were joined by the Delaware Youth Chorale for a program featuring the poetry of well-known poets such as Robert Frost and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow set to music by great choral composers.
In the spring of 2016 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.