El Paso Chorale
120 Adult Volunteer Singers
El Paso Chamber Choir
24 Adult Professional Paid Singers
Rehearsals Mondays 7pm-9:30 begin October 15th
Conductor, Prentice Loftin
Choirs & Programs
El Paso Chamber Choir
El Paso Chamber Choir was formed in 1995 when a professional level choral group was requested by El Paso Symphony, El Paso Pro-Musica, El Paso Opera and El Paso Zarzuela. A group of 24 professional singers were hired to sing all of the performances. This group of 24 became the core group of singers for the larger performances by the El Paso Symphony.
This experienced group of singers has performed as the chorus in 27 opera productions with El Paso Opera. During this time, El Paso Opera was known for its magnificent and experienced chorus that provided a thrilling sound and solid characterizations in its performances. In addition to operas, the Chamber Choir has given regular concerts of choral music, often adding orchestral instruments to smaller choral/orchestral works. For 15 years, the Chamber Choir continued the well-loved tradition of The Gift of Christmas Concerts at the El Paso Train Depot.
The Chorale is an audition choir open to all El Paso, Juarez and Las Cruces region singers, combining the talents and voices of exceptional community amateurs with the professionalism and experience of the El Paso Chamber Choir. The combination of singers makes the performance of the magnificent great choral works possible.
The El Paso Chorale has been performing the major choral/orchestral works in El Paso for over 70 years, while collaborating for the past 20 years with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, Las Cruces Symphony Orchestra, Juarez Symphony.
Notable past collaborations include the opera performances of Turandot and Aida with El Paso Opera, the Verdi Requiem and Carmina Burana with El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Las Cruces Symphony, and the Mozart Requiem with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the Juarez Symphony. The Chorale has also performed Beehoven’s Missa Solemnes, Bach’s St. John Passion, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Chichester Psalms and the Poulenc Gloria with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra. Recently, the Chorale Performed Alexander Nevsky and the Polvtsian Dances with the Las Cruces Symphony, and Handel's Messiah with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
The El Paso Chorale has performed, under its own name, the Requiems by Brahms, Verdi, Durufle and Mozart, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, the Haydn Creation, Beethoven’s Mass in C and many performances of Handel’s Messiah. The Chorale combines community singers with the El Paso Chamber Choir professional singers for all performances.
The Chorale is always searching for fine singers from the community. Our goal is to find the finest singers to create a great choir.
El Paso Young Ladies Choir
The Young Ladies Choir of The El Paso Choral Society is on hiatus but was recognized as one of America’s finest choirs.
While performing with the American Boy Choir, the ABC Music Director Fernando Malvar-Ruiz raved about the beauty and musicality of the singing of the Young Ladies. The week of October 19, 2009, while gaining the attention of national audiences, the 20 voice choir performed for an audience of nearly 1 million on the NPR national broadcast From the Top. In December of 2010, the Young Ladies Choir once again performed as guests with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra, and in July of 2010, the choir performed in many cities of Italy, beginning their tour by singing a mass at the Vatican in Rome.
The Young Ladies Choir performed many times with the regional symphonies, El Paso Opera and El Paso Chorale. May of 2012, the Young Ladies Choir performed Carmina Burana with the El Paso Chorale and Las Cruces Symphony and in November of 2012, they performed The Messiah with El Paso Symphony Orchestra and the El Paso Chorale. December of 2013 members of the Young Ladies Choir performed in the Choral Society
bi-national production of the opera "Amahl and the Night Visitors".