Since 1957, the Delaware Choral Society has brought the music of great composers to Dover and its surrounding communities.

 

About Us

OUR HISTORY

The Delaware Choral Society 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 and folk music, are performed in concerts held at least twice every year. The group celebrates its beginnings by performing Messiah every five years. For an overview of all of our concerts, or the hear the DCS in action, click on Our History.

The Delaware Choral Society is a non-profit organization, open to every interested singer without audition.

OUR STAFF

Dr. James Wilson, Artistic DirectorJamesWilson

Dr. Wilson has completed his third year of teaching at Wesley College where he serves as Director of Choral Activities. He is also the Director of Music at Wesley Church where he directs the Chancel Choir and oversees the Children's Choir and Handbell Choir. He holds degrees from the University of Nebraska - Lincoln (D.M.A.), Boston University (M.M.), and The Hartt School of Music (B.M.) in Hartford, Connecticut.

Dr. Wilson has served as director of the Boston University Choral Society, the Kensington Consort of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the All-Collegiate Choir-East of the University of Nebraska. As a baritone soloist he has performed with the Manchester Choral Society of Manchester, NH, the Masterworks Chorale of Boston, MA, the Braintree Choral Society, the Choral Society of Greensboro, North Carolina, and the Voices of Omaha in Nebraska.

He lives in Dover with his wife, Britania, who is an accomplished singer and Instructor of Voice at Wesley College. Together they enjoy performing in joint recitals, concerts and fundraisers.


Peter Solecki, Assistant Director
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Peter Solecki holds a Masters Degree in Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Delaware. There, he sang in the internationally acclaimed University of Delaware Chorale and Chamber Singers and was assistant director to both those groups. Prior to UD, Peter attended Immaculata University in Chester County, PA, where he graduated with a Bachelor's of
Music in Music Education in May, 2010. Currently, he is employed as the Director of Music and Worship at Immaculate Conception/St. Jude Catholic Church in Elkton, MD. Peter is also an active member of ACDA, NAfME, and NPM.

 

 
WE HONOR

We take this opportunity to honor our long-time conductor, Judith Moore, who continues to support the Delaware Choral Society, and never misses a concert! We love you, Judy! Click on Judy's name above to read our tribute. Our dear accompanist Georgiana Ibach is not forgotten either!

As always, the Delaware Choral Society remembers our beloved long-time rehearsal and concert accompanist, W. Nolan Hearn, and deeply mourns his passing in 2003.

SUPPORT THE DELAWARE CHORAL SOCIETY

The Delaware Choral Society is a non-profit organization under 501(c) of the United States Internal Revenue Code, dependent on member dues, ticket sales, patron contributions, program ads and other fund-raising activities to support it. We are very grateful to the Delaware Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts for support in the form of an operating grant; however, this grant covers only a portion of our operating budget and is meant to be supplemental. Your gracious, tax-deductable donation helps us continue to provide outstanding programming as part of the Delaware arts community.

Please contact us if you would like to become a patron, place a program ad, or become a corporate sponsor. Your financial support is greatly appreciated. Information can be obtained by calling (302) 245-0449 or by writing to us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .