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. However, every fifth year the DCS celebrates its beginnings by perfoming Handel's Messiah. In 2014 the Delaware Youth Chorale (DYC) was formed by the DCS to introduce middle school-aged children to the joys of choral singing. The DYC is now an integral part of DCS concerts. For an overview of all of our concerts, click on Our History.
The Delaware Choral Society is a non-profit organization, open to every interested singer without audition.
Dr. James Wilson, Artistic Director
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.
Sherry Roscoe, Accompanist
After growing up in New Mexico, graduating from college in Iowa, and living briefly in Cleveland, OH for an internship, Sherry has been calling Delaware home for the past 18 years.
Sherry received Bachelor’s degrees in Music Education (K-12) and Music Therapy from Wartburg College in Waverly, IA. Upon graduation she began teaching elementary music, band and chorus in Caroline County, MD. She then began to work as a private contractor providing Music Therapy services to area schools, nursing homes, and agencies serving those with mental and physical challenges.
Currently serving in the music program at Three Stones Church in Dover, Sherry has also served in local area churches as Director of Contemporary Music, Organist, Handbell Director, and Accompanist. Sherry maintains a private piano studio of over 30 students as she continues on in her love of teaching. She also enjoys accompanying for groups and individuals in the local area.
Sherry is married to Jim Roscoe, and has three children; Bryan, Elyse and Chrystopher.
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.