Queens College Choral Society

The Queens College Choral Society, Founded in 1941, is "a singing organization of and for the public, and the students and staff of Queens College."

From its inception, the Society has had strong ties to the Queens community.  Its founding Music Director, Queens College Professor John Castellini, is credited with helping to deepen the Queens community’s exposure to the fullest breadth of musical literature, by leading the Society in premieres of major works -- a tradition that continues to this day.

The Society’s Music Directors have been John Castellini (1941 - 1969), Carl Eberl (1970 - 1978), Lawrence Eisman (1978 - 2001), Harold Rosenbaum (2001 - 2002), and James John (2002 - Present).

The Society’s Members

From its earliest days, the Society has drawn families and individuals of every age, ethnic background, and profession to its Wednesday evening rehearsals. What attracts members to the Society? The factors that drew early members are the same ones that attract members today: a chance for amateurs to participate in the musical life of Queens; an opportunity to deepen appreciation for musical genius by bringing its fruits to life; the Society’s organizational verve and spirit; and by a common bond, the love of fine choral music.

The Society’s Repertoire

The Society typically performs two concerts per year with orchestra (in December and May) devoted to the great masterpieces of choral literature.   Recent performances have included Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat, Haydn’s Creation, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Brahms’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass,  Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Handel’s Messiah.

The Society has also performed multiple premieres of new works, including pieces composed by Queens College Music Department faculty members Allen Brings, John Castellini, Joel Mandelbaum, Karol Rathaus, Bruce Saylor, and Hugo Weisgall.

For more information visit the Choral Society's website at http://www.qcchoralsociety.org.

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