The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, founded in 1976, is known and respected as one of the finest choruses in the country. Under the direction of Interim Chorus Director Robert A. Harris, Ph.D., the 2016.17 chorus season with the MSO includes Mozart’s Requiem, Poulenc’s Gloria, as well as the immensely popular Handel’s Messiah series in December.
The 150-member volunteer chorus has been praised by reviewers for “technical agility,” “remarkable ensemble cohesion,” and “tremendous clarity.” In addition to performances with the MSO, the chorus has appeared on public television and recorded performances on radio stations throughout the country. The chorus has performed a cappella concerts to sold-out audiences and has made guest appearances with other performing arts groups including Present Music, Milwaukee Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has also made appearances at suburban Chicago’s famed Ravinia Festival.
“The MSO has the good fortune of having a first-class volunteer chorus,” said Edo de Waart, MSO music director. “With a chorus of this caliber, the options for performing great works in the repertoire are immense. It is a pleasure to work with this fine ensemble.”
The Margaret Hawkins Chorus Director Chair was funded by a chorus-led campaign in 2006 in honor of the founding choral director, Margaret Hawkins, during the ensemble’s 30th anniversary season.
Comprised of teachers, lawyers, students, doctors, musicians, homemakers, and more, each of its members brings not only musical quality, but a sheer love of music to their task. "We have the best seats in the house," one member said, a sentiment echoed throughout the membership. Please visit MSO Chorus Auditions for more information on becoming a part of the MSO Chorus.