©Connecticut Choral Society, Inc., P.O. Box 42, Southbury, CT 06488-
The Connecticut Choral Society, Inc. (CCS), established in 1980, is an ensemble of auditioned singers who are joined by their commitment to provide a music resource for Connecticut; to encourage singing and performing choral music of the highest artistic quality; and to stimulate greater appreciation and enjoyment of choral music.
The Choral Society was founded by Christopher Shay, Woodbury, CT. Mr. Shay directed the group through its first 12 seasons. John Robert Liepold became Music Director and Conductor in 2000 leading CCS for seven seasons. In the spring of 2007, CCS welcomed Eric Dale Knapp as conductor.
From modest beginnings (less than 30 people attended the first rehearsal), we have grown in stature and accomplishment to become a renowned chorus of over 85 men and women. We have appeared multiple times at Carnegie Hall and have toured England, Canada, Australia, France, and Eastern Europe, but we remain dedicated foremost to bringing beautiful and inspiring works to our local audiences in Connecticut. We are known for our high musical performance standards, outstanding contribution to the arts, and community outreach.
With Maestro Knapp, we have traveled to Australia, China, and England to participate in international choral festivals. For our Spring 2012 concerts, we combined with the New Jersey Choral Society (also under Mr. Knapp’s baton) to present Ralph Vaughan Williams’ A Sea Symphony, in both Connecticut and New Jersey. We were privileged to preform Verdi’s Requiem in April, 2015 with the Waterbury Symphony Orchestra, under the direction of Lief Bjaland, joined by the New Jersey Choral Society and the Naugatuck Valley Community College Choir. Each December we present Candlelight and Carols, a tradition we all enjoy.
We have performed locally in Connecticut, at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Woolsey Hall, Yale University in New Haven, as well as Canada, Europe, England Australia, and China. The group is also noted for its outreach, through our benefit concerts in Danbury, Waterbury, and New Milford in support of various community charities.
The Mission of the Connecticut Choral Society is to promote quality diversified choral music for the benefit of the singer as well as the listening audience.
The Choral Society strives for high musical standards that encourage choral singing and performance.