History of the St. Joseph Community Chorus

1980Frank D. Thomas assumes position as SJCC Artistic Director
The Chorus began with 35 singers from area church choirs and has had as many members as 108.
1982Bach Magnificat, Bernstein Chichester Psalms, Vivaldi Gloria
1983Pinkham Wedding Cantata, Handel’s Messiah
1984Bloch’s Sacred Service, Rutter Gloria
1985Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols, Bach’s Christ Lag in Todesbanden
1986Haydn’s Creation with the St. Joseph Symphony
1987Chamber Choir was created
Rutter Requiem
1988Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the St. Joseph Symphony
Fauré Requiem
Randall Thompson’s Frostiana
1989Mozart’s Regina Coeli and Mass in C, Bach’s Nun danket alle Gott
Conception Abbey
Handel’s Messiah with the St. Joseph Symphony
1990Charpentier Messe de Minuit pour Noël at St. Benedict’s Abbey
Christmas concert with the St. Joseph Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the St. Joseph Symphony
1991Copland and Bernstein Tribute with the St. Joseph Symphony
Performing Arts Association with Virginia Dupuy – SJCC Men’s Chorus
Poulenc Gloria at the Cathedral
Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
1992Carmina Burana with the St. Joseph Symphony
Hannibal concert
Handel’s Messiah with the St. Joseph Symphony
Lessons and Carols
1993Lloyd Pfautsch – A Day for Dancing
1994Lessons and Carols
Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass
Fauré Requiem
1995Truman Anniversary Concert with the Kansas City Symphony and Chorus – Mahler’s Ressurrection Symphony
Trails West performance
United Way Dinner
Debussy Nocturnes with the St. Joseph Symphony – SJCC Women’s Chorus
Beethoven’s Mass in C and Serenade to Music – Vaughan Williams
Handel’s Messiah at the Cathedral
1996River Songs and Music of Gwyneth Walker with the St. Joseph Symphony
Verdi Requiem with the St. Joseph Symphony
Bach’s Magnificat with the St. Joseph Symphony
1997 Missouri Music Teachers Association Convention performance
Choir tour to England and Wales through Music Celebrations
1997/1998Ray Alburn Big Band and Chamber Choir Concert
1998Choral Sampler at the Missouri Theater to benefit Camp Quality
Britten’s War Requiem with the St. Joseph Symphony
Beethoven’s Mass in C and Charpentier’s Minuit Messe with the St. Joseph Symphony
Mass in C at the Cathedral Sesquicentennial
Missouri River Exchange with Siouxland Master Chorale
Pipe Dreams Live at the Dome – St. Joseph Chamber Choir and the St. Joseph Chapter of the American Guild of Organists with John Obetz, guest organist.
1999Columbia Choral Ensemble exchange concerts
2000Bach Cantata # 80, Ein Feste Berg, with the St. Joseph Symphony
Performance at state Missouri Music Educators conference
July 4 – Concert with the St. Joseph Symphony and other choral groups on the river walk – premiered John Bisharat’s I Am St. Joseph
Exchange concert with Northland Community Chorus – RLDS Peace Temple
Copland’s In the Beginning with Deborah Baxter – MMTA convention
2001Liebeslieder Waltzes & Liebeslieder Polkas
Frank Thomas receives Luther T. Spayed award from the Missouri Choral Directors Association for Lifetime achievement and contributions to the choral art
Poulenc Gloria and Mozart Solemn Vespers with the St. Joseph Symphony at Conception Abbey
Marshall Community Chorus concert exchange
Rutter’s Sprig of Thyme
2002 Missouri Music Educators State Conference
Victorian Madrigal Feast at the Moila Shrine Temple
Haydn’s Creation with the St. Joseph Symphony
Fauré Requiem
International Choral Festival – Innsbruck, Austria
Vivaldi Gloria with the St. Joseph Symphony
Kansas City, KS Community Chorus exchange concert
Pinkham’s Christmas Cantata and Rutter’s Gloria
Haydn Te Deum
2003Valentine Madrigal Feast
April – Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms and Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the St. Joseph Symphony
June – Opening concert for Region VI Pony Express convention of the American Guild of Organists with the St. Joseph Symphony – Bernstein, Stravinsky and Commissioned work of Donald Patriquin’s Psalms and Canticles of Prayer, Praise and Peace
Kapilow’s Polar Express and Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors
with the St. Joseph Symphony
2004On the Lighter Side – Moberly, MO PAA
October concert with Missouri Western Symphonic Winds
Bloch’s Sacred Service with the St. Joseph Symphony
Britten’s Ceremony of Carols
Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom
2005 State Theater Arts Council of Mound City, MO
Cultural exchange with Chorale Divertimento – Lille, France
Performing Arts Association with Anthony Glise commissioned works
Pilot of An American Folk Journey: History Alive Through Music, educational outreach program of SJCC.
Mozart’s Requiem with the St. Joseph Symphony
Handel’s Messiah with the St. Joseph Symphony
Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass
Festival of Music & Poetry for the Christmas Season
2006 Valentine Evening concert for Hiawatha Area Arts and Theatrical Society
Commissioned composer Stephen Paulus in St. Joseph for premiere of two works written for SJCC 25th anniversary.
Rutter’s Mass for the Children with Griffon Junior Singers
Mark Hayes’ Te Deum
Britten’s Frostiana
2007 Sweetheart concert in Mound City, MO
SJCC Chamber Choir performance, Citizens for the Arts Day – Jefferson City
Fools Rush In – A Dessert concert with guest jazz artists
SJCC Chamber Choir performance – PEO state convention at KCI Expo
Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass
Orff’s Carmina Burana with the St. Joseph Symphony
The Nine Muses by David Conte – MWSU Chamber Choir and area high school students
Johnson County Chorus Exchange concert
2008Missouri Music Educators Association Convention performance
Missouri Music Educator state convention Chamber Choir performance with MWSU Chamber Singers
Bach’s Easter Oratorio with the St. Joseph Symphony
Sing for the Cure by Joseph Martin in conjunction with the completion of the new Heartland Health Breast Concert Clinic
Christmas at the Cathedral with the Fountain City Brass Band
Rutter Gloria
Many Moods of Christmas with the St. Joseph Symphony
2009 Hiawatha Area Arts and Theatrical Society performance
In Remembrance – Holocaust Cantata
Dr. David Benz becomes new artistic director of SJCC
SJCC Chamber Choir performed on Missouri Verses and Voices Festival concert
The Messiah Project with five local church choirs and orchestra
A Cathedral Christmas featuring the Paul Mesner Puppets of Kansas City
Performing Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors
2010 Pops and Pasta – benefit for the MWSU vocal music scholarship fund
Ye Shall Have a Song – the music of Randall Thompson and the MWSU Concert Chorale and area high school students
Veteran’s Day Tribute – Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom

2011Ode to Joy concert with William Jewell Choir at the Cathedral
Christmas at the Cathedral with the Fountain City Brass Band
2012Monroe Crossing and the Blue Grass Mass
Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb
Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs and
In Windsor Forest
Bruckner Te Deum
2013Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass on Martin Luther King Day and with AGO
Frank Thomas returns as Artistic Director with Jennifer Stammers, Assistant Director
Autumn Canticle with Ruth Krusemark, guest organist
Christmas at the Cathedral with the Paxton Singers and First Presbyterian Hand Bell Choir
2014 Songs of Love and Springtime with the SJCC Chamber Choir
Brahm’s Requiem
Festival of Voluntaries, Anthems & Hymn Tunes with guest organist, Joby Bell in collaboration with the St. Joseph Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
Frank Thomas receives Mayor’s Award for Extraordinary Lifetime Achievement
Christmas at the Cathedral with the Fountain City Brass Band
2015Frank Thomas receives Missouri Arts Council Hero Award for Arts Educator
Celebrated Chorus of Musical Theater & the Cinema
Dr. Elise Hepworth becomes the Artistic Director
Pilot new Educational Outreach program for Third graders.
Autumn Landscapes
Christmas at the Cathedral with the Fountain City Brass Band
2016 Members of the Chorus performed in Jefferson City for Missouri Citizens for the Arts Awards presentation.
Spring Concert – Opera Choruses
Fall Concert of Spirituals and Gospel Songs at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church
Christmas Gloria at Ashland United Methodist Church
2017Jennifer Stammers becomes the Artistic Director
Spring Concert of the St. Joseph Chamber Choir in collaboration with the Boys Choir of Springfield, MO, Daniel Gutierrez, Director
Performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Missouri Western Concert Chorale and the St. Joseph Symphony.

Financial assistance for this program is provided by the Arts Fund of the Allied Arts Council and the Missouri Arts Council, a state agency, Missouri Western State University Department of Music, the St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau and the City of St. Joseph.