Celebrating its 40th year this season, the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus was founded in 1976, filling the need for a chorus of consistent quality. The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus was founded in 1976, filling the MSO's need for a chorus of consistent quality. The indomitable Margaret Hawkins brought the strength of her personality and great skill to the challenge, laying the foundation on which chorus director Lee Erickson has built. The 40th anniversary is also Chorus Director Erickson’s valedictory season with the chorus, and the MSO celebrates his many contributions to the ensemble.
“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.”
Over its four decades of existence, the 150-member chorus has grown in artistry and stature, known and respected as one of the finest choruses in the country. Reviewers have praised the chorus 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 the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Present Music, Milwaukee Ballet, and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. The chorus has also made appearances at suburban Chicago’s famed Ravinia Festival.
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.