It is the mission of the St. Joseph Community Chorus to foster the enjoyment and appreciation of quality choral music among its membership and the community at large by providing an organization of the highest caliber to present exceptional performances of choral literature.
Founded in 1980, the St. Joseph Community Chorus presents interesting, challenging and diverse programs of choral music from classical to contemporary throughout the Midwest. The Chorus has a rich history of outstanding choral performances in many beautiful settings.
In addition to its concert season, the Chorus regularly collaborates with the St. Joseph Symphony performing such works as Haydn’s Te Deum and Creation, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Britten’s War Requiem, Vaughan William’s Sea Symphony, Verdi’s Requiem, Vivaldi’s Gloria, and Orff’s Camina Burana.
The St. Joseph Community Chorus has since its founding in 1980 provided quality choral music for St. Joseph and surrounding communities. The Chorus is dedicated to showing the importance of the arts and choral singing as an integral part of community living. SJCC seeks to be a valuable resource for area music teachers and a mentor to young singers in the St. Joseph area.
The Chorus has toured Great Britain, Eastern Europe, France and Belgium. It has performed at state and regional conventions (Missouri Music Educators Association, Missouri Choral Directors Association, American Guild of Organists, PEO) and premiered works by internationally known composers John Bacheret, Donald Patriquin and Stephen Paulus.
From within the Chorus, a select Chamber Choir was created in 1987. The chamber ensemble, invited frequently to perform at public and private events during the year, performs on each the Chorus’ subscription concerts. The Chamber Choir traveled to France in March of 2005 to perform with Chorale Divertimento as part of a choir exchange.
The SJCC enjoys collaboration with other arts organizations:
The St. Joseph Symphony
Allied Arts Council of St. Joseph
St. Joseph Performing Arts Association
The American Guild of Organists
The Missouri Choral Directors Association
Ashland UMC Handbell Choir
The Griffon Junior Singers
Ashland UMC Handbell Choir
Innsbruck International Choral Festival
The Missouri Music Educators Association
Northwest Missouri State University Tower Choir
Missouri Western State University Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers
The Marshall, MO Community Chorus
The Northland Community Chorus
The Chillicothe, MO Performing Arts Series
The Kansas City, KS Community College Chorus
The St. Joseph Museum
Allied Arts Art Attacks
Sing Out for Peace
The American Barber Boys/Voices of America
New Generation Singers
St. Joseph Healthy Community
Area High School Choirs
Hiawatha Area Arts and Theatrical Society
State Theater Arts Council of Mound City, MO
Chorale Divertimento of Lille, France
Lawrence Civic Orchestra
Johnson County Chorus
Fountain City Brass Band
Paul Mesner Puppets
Area church choirs
Missouri Verses and Voices
Moberly Arts Association
The Paxton Singers
Mound City Arts Council
Chorus leadership is committed to presenting a diverse program of traditional choral literature, major works and contemporary music. This past year, the Chorus collaborated with the St. Joseph Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and guest organist Joby Bell in presenting a Festival of Voluntaries, Anthems and Hymns and the Fountain City Brass Band for Christmas at the Cathedral. The final concert of the 35th season was Celebrated Choruses from Musical Theater and the Cinema.
The Chorus is also committed to providing scholarships for Missouri Western State University voice majors and area high school students recommended by their choral music instructor. Several of the area music teachers are also members of the Chorus. You are invited to sing with the St. Joseph Community Chorus. It will enrich your life.