Posted by: admin | September 19, 2015

The Heart Sings

From Palestrina to folk music, from Morten Lauridsen to Carly Simon, The Heart Sings takes us on a journey through our responses to various aspects of life. The eighty voice Chorale will be joined by Dr Hye Young Kim, piano, Dr. Carrie Pierce, cello, and Dr. Matt McClung, percussion in this first program of the 2015-2016 Season.

Please share, hope to see you there. Ticket sales from Chorale members or buy at the door.

When: October 13, 2015, at 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-CC, 6300 Ocean Dr, Corpus Christi, TX.

Photo courtesy of Dieter Gora via Flickr. Thank you.


Posted by: admin | August 22, 2015

A Time of Change; Welcome to Arlene Long

Dr Ross C. Bernhardt resigns as Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Chorale. We thank him for seven years of fantastic musical memories and wish him well on future endeavors.

We welcome Arlene Long as our new Artistic Director and Conductor. Her biographical information follows:

Arlene Long has had a long and joyful career making music. Her musical academic background includes a BM from Samford University and a MM from the University of Michigan. Her teaching career began in elementary school in Michigan, continued at Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, and currently at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, where she has taught musicianship, class and studio piano, and accompanying.

Collaborative music has been a forte of hers, serving as accompanist for Corpus Christi Chorale for about twenty-five years, as well as principal keyboard in the Corpus Christi Symphony for thirty years. She co-founded and accompanied a chamber vocal group, Kantorei, for several years. Her church music career has included Baptist, Presbyterian, and Episcopal churches and has involved numerous concerts. She continues as music director at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, where the choir undertakes special projects regularly in addition to regular Sunday music duties.

In 2009 she founded the Heart of Texas Chorale, who toured France in the summer of 2010, singing in several special venues. The group changed its name to A Cappella Corpus Christi, with the intent to perform mostly a cappella music; this group has performed several concerts locally and has great enthusiasm for exploring music in a deep and meaningful way.

Fall, 2015 finds Arlene as Artistic Director of the Corpus Christi Chorale, an exciting musical adventure.

Posted by: admin | April 21, 2015

Sponsor a Vivaldi Musician

The Chorale’s May concert, Viva Vivaldi, will be accompanied by an orchestra of 10 players and feature two guest vocal soloists. Help us bring this wonderful music to the Coastal Bend by sponsoring a chair in the orchestra! You can sponsor one or more chairs, in full or in part…do it yourself or chip in with a group of friends. Your name will appear as a sponsor in the program, if received in time. Chorale accompanist Dr Hye Young Kim performs on the harpsichord for this concert.

  • Violin I – Dr. Jose Flores
  • Violin I – Mia Hagarty
  • Violin II – Royal B. Bernhard
  • Violin II – Oscar Dodier
  • Viola – Dr. Melissa Melendez
  • Cello – Dr. Carrie Pierce
  • Cello – Matt Paiz
  • Double Bass – Patrick Delos Santos
  • Trumpet – Dr. Mary Thornton
  • Oboe – Shannon Proksch

You may donate through one of the methods listed on our contact page. Update: all musicians have been sponsored, thanks for your support!

Posted by: admin | March 24, 2015

Viva Vivaldi

Our next concert features Hope Thacker, soprano, in Vivaldi’s Stabat Mater RV 621. The Chorale performs Credo RV 591, and Gloria RV 589 with soprano Anna Evon joining Hope Thacker for the Gloria.

When: May 5th, 2015, 7:30 PM
Where: Performing Arts Center, TAMU-Corpus Christi
Tickets: $10, students free with ID.

Viva Vivaldi

Posted by: admin | March 10, 2015

Broadway Extravaganza

Our next concert is Broadway Extravaganza and it features Clarissa Serna who appeared on the television show The Voice in 2014. The upcoming concert features her, with the chorale, performing a varied selection of Broadway’s memorable songs.

This concert is a fund raiser for the chorale which is a self-supporting 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Please make plans to attend and hear Clarissa with the chorale. You don’t want to miss this!

Date: Tuesday, March 10th, 2015
Where: TAMU-CC Peforming Arts Center
Time: 7:30 PM.
General admission: $25, ages 10 and under $15. No student passes. Tickets are available from Chorale members or at the night of the concert.



Another Op’nin’, Another Show (Kiss Me, Kate) – Cole Porter/arr. Kern

All the Things You Are (Very Warm for May) – Jerome Kern/arr. Hayes

And All That Jazz (Chicago) – John Kander/arr. Shaw


Over the Rainbow (The Wizard of Oz) – Harold Arlen/arr. Huff, [Anna Evon, soloist]

Do-Re-Mi (Sound of Music)– Richard Rodgers/arr. Emerson, [Alisha Strand-Mueller, soloist]

Edelweiss (Sound of Music)– Richard Rodgers, [Bill Arvin, soloist]


Finishing the Hat (Sunday in the Park with George) – Stephen Sondheim

Move On (Sunday in the Park with George) – Stephen Sondheim [John Washington IV and Anna Evon, soloists]

Who Can I Turn To (The Roar of the Greasepains – The Smell of the Crowd) – Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley/arr. Leyden


I Don’t Know How to Love Him (Jesus Christ Superstar) – Andrew Lloyd Webber

Don’t Cry Out Loud (The Boy from Oz)– Peter Allen

Big Spender (Sweet Charity) – Cy Coleman [Clarissa Serna, guest artist]


Home and the Heartland (Riverdance) – Bill Whelan, [Jessica Twaits and Evelyn Anderson, soloists]

Always Look at the Bright Side of Life (Monty Python’s Spamalot) – Eric Idle/arr. Huff, [Larry Hutchison and Eddie Bernardo, soloists]

Seasons of Love (Rent) – Jonathan Larson/arr. Emerson, [Clarissa Serna and John Washington IV, soloists]

Posted by: admin | December 16, 2014

Seasons Greetings

Holiday Concert 2014

Our holiday concert was performed on Tuesday, December 16 – 7:30 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center – Texas A&M Corpus Christi.

Tickets – $10 and all students/children are free with proper ID, if available. Tickets are $10 from Chorale members or at the night of the event. The program for the concert follows.

Adeste Fideles – Traditional
Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis from The Short Service – Thomas Weelkes

Behold, I Bring You Good Tidings – John Goss
Christmas Day – Gustav Holst

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind – John Rutter
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening – Randall Thompson

Ose Shalom – arr. John Leavitt
Hanerot Halalu – Baruch Cohon/arr. Chass

Moon on Silver Water – Pete Lutz/arr. Ross C. Bernhardt
Welcome Christmas – arr. Andy Beck

Posted by: admin | October 14, 2014

Friends and Rivals

Fall Concert 2014


Our Fall concert featured a friends/rivals theme and was performed October 14th, 7:30 PM. Tickets $10 from Chorale members or at the night of the event. Thanks to those who came out to hear us.

Friend, Rival, or Enemy?

Lacrymosa from Requiem W.A. Mozart (1756-1791), completed Süßmayr
Gloria from Missa brevis Sancti Joannis de Deo Franz Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
Sanctus from Mass in D Antonio Salieri (1750-1825)

War of the Romantics

Liebst du um Schönheit Clara Schumann (1819-1896) arr. Drew Collins
Ich schwing mein Horn ins Jammertal, Op. 41, no. 1 Johannes Brahms (1833-97)
Pater Noster Franz Liszt (1811-86)

Modern Friends

Great Is the Lord Richard Waters
The Blooming Bright Star of Belle Isle Canadian Folk Song, arr. Debra Scroggins
The Lord’s Prayer Don L. Huneycutt
This Little Light of Mine Howard Hulvey
Irish Blessing Ross C. Bernhardt

Posted by: admin | July 30, 2014

2014 Auditions

Auditions for the Chorale will be held Tuesday, Aug-19th, 7:30PM, at the campus of TAMU-Corpus Christi, Center for the Arts, room 137. If you’re interested in auditioning but cannot attend that evening, please contact Dr Bernhardt for an alternative time/date.

First rehearsal: Tues, August 26th at 7:30PM. Hope to see you there!

Posted by: admin | May 17, 2014

South Texas Musicians to Perform at Carnegie Hall

Many of us are preparing for travel to New York City for a performance at Carnegie Hall.

Choral works featured include:

Bob Chilcott: Canticles of Light
Ross Bernhardt: In Memoriam (World Premiere)

If you’re in the area please stop by!

Posted by: admin | April 23, 2014

Spring Concert 2014

Our Spring Concert will be a joint effort with the Del Mar Master Chorale.

Date: May 6, 2014
Where: Richardson Performance Hall, Del Mar College, Corpus Christi, TX
Time: 7:30 PM

No charge for this event.

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