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.
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 “new” 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?