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.
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!
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!
Thanks to the Corpus Christi Parks and Recreation, Arts & Cultural Commission, the Chorale shares in this generous award for our 2013 season. Funding was based upon the Hotel Occupancy Tax Fund. Thanks to Gina Glanc and Ambrosia Washington for their assistance in obtaining the grant funding. Pictured in the photo toward the left are Chorale President Pete Lutz and Conductor Ross Bernhardt.