The Milwaukee Symphony Chorus, founded in 1976, is known and respected as one of the finest choruses in the country. Under the direction of Dr. Cheryl Frazes Hill, the 2022.23 chorus season with the MSO will include three works by Brahms (Schicksalslied, Gesang der Parzen, and Academic Festival Overture), the immensely popular Messiah, the magnificent oratorio Elijah by Felix Mendelssohn, the ethereal finale “Neptune” on Gustav Holst’s masterwork The Planets (for smaller women’s chorus), and to cap off the season, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, known as the “Resurrection” Symphony.
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 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.