The purpose of DCS is to bring the enjoyment of music by providing the opportunity (1) for community members to learn and perform quality choral music through offering membership to all interested singers and (2) for community members to hear quality music by giving affordable concerts of high artistic standards at least twice annually.
The Delaware Choral Society is a non-profit organization, open to every interested singer without audition. We were founded in 1957 by a group of church choirs with the goal of working together to perform Handel’s Messiah. Today, DCS welcomes any community member to join us as we partner with local and professional musicians, under the direction of Dr. James Wilson, to perform works such as Carmina Burana, Mozart’s Requiem, and last fall, Haydn’s Creation. We also enjoy our pops concerts with themes like Curtain Up! (Broadway favorites) and Musical Feast (songs about food).
In 2014, DCS formed the Delaware Youth Chorale: a choir open to any student in grades 3-8, unaffiliated with a single school or church. Directed by Heather Swartzentruber, DYC frequently prepares joint concerts with DCS and has also performed elsewhere in the community including Barratt’s Chapel, Dover’s Christmas Tree lighting, 87er’s/Bluecoats games, and once at Carnegie Hall!
DCS meets weekly on Tuesday evenings from 7pm – 9pm at the Wesley United Methodist Church in Dover, DE in the fall and spring to prepare for two semi-annual concerts in April and December. DYC meets Tuesdays from 5 – 6:30p at Holy Cross School.
On December 15, 2019, DCS and DYC will be presenting a holiday concert featuring works by Mendelssohn, Holst, Rutter, and more and in spring of 2020 we will feature Mendelssohn’s Elijah.