About Us

About Corpus Christi Chorale

Founded in 1945 by the Music Department of Del Mar College, the Corpus Christi Chorale is a true community chorus comprised of eighty members of all ages, ethnicities, spiritual perspectives and varying levels of musical experience. The wide range of repertoire performed includes choral literature of the great composers from the sixteenth century to the present; folk songs, spirituals, and music from stage and screen, as well as new music recently composed. The Chorale presents three concerts each year in the Performing Arts Center on the campus of Texas A & M University, and is featured in the annual Home for the Holidays concert with the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. Occasionally, Chorale performs at various community events.

Why sing? Our members sing for a variety of reasons – some remember how much they enjoyed music as a high school or college student. Some are just discovering what happens when a group of completely diverse individuals join their voices to become as one. Some enjoy being in something larger than their everyday responsibilities, and they often find themselves enlarged and invigorated in the process.

Chorale on stage

Chorale on stage

Our director, Arlene Long, accompanied Chorale for over twenty years and has a special devotion to building a healthy whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. Along with the musical and vocal skills at the core of music making, Arlene also champions the larger human dimensions: sense of community, body and energy awareness, shared focus and purpose, and emotional and intellectual growth. As Robert Shaw put it, “the arts provide a window through which we can glimpse the divine.”

Current foundational principles include:

  • Collaboration. Each member is invested in being present and prepared at rehearsal with their own part rehearsed so that the group can explore the music-making rather than simple the learning of notes.
  • A sense of experiential exploration. We like to combine β€œnew” music with the choral tradition so that both singers and audience have a sense of freshness in our work together.
  • Dare to dream. What is possible among – in our community, in our schools, in our hearts?

3 thoughts on “About Us”

  1. Mary E. Walker said:

    How I miss you all and singing in the Corpus Christi Chorale!

    Sadly, I am no longer able to SEE well enough to read the music (due to botched cataract surgery back in September of 2013).

    I am no longer able to SING well enough to sing with the CC Chorale (due to emergency endoscopic surgery for bleeding abdominal ulcers that nearly killed me in October of 2016 and again in June of 2017). I am grateful to God to still be alive!

    I am now a wheelchair-bound amputee and pretty well house-bound so I do not get to come to your concerts or to the CCSO concerts any longer (not since the year after Maestro John Giordano retired). I can and do listen to the KEDT-FM simulcasts of the symphony concerts and enjoy them very much, especially when choral works are offered.

    Arlene Long, I really miss singing under your fine direction and miss our friendship. I think of you often with much love and respect for who you are. Pax.

    I remember well the wonderful concerts we all have sung together. They remain some of my most precious memories.

    I wish you all the very best.

    KEEP SINGING!

    With much love and respect,

    Mary E. Walker
    former member

  2. Tamara Merson Wren said:

    Curious as to when you hold auditions?

    • Jason Louis said:

      Tamara, thank you for your interest. We are in the final moments of the season. Our final concert is May 8th. We’d love to have you come see the performance so you get an idea of the work we do. Beyond that, the next season will begin in August. There should be updates on our facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/corpuschristichorale/.

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