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 and was succeeded by Tina Heidrich who directed
the group for the next eight years. 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 75 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 look forward to
preforming 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 look forward to.
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.