Wednesdays by appointment
First Christian Church
November 2, 2012
The Chamber Singers
tour local high schools
December 2, 2012 7:00 p.m.
The Chamber Singers present
Handel's MESSIAH Sing-Along
First Christian Church
December 7, 2012 7:30 p.m.
Deck the Hall, Pikes Peak Center
December 8, 2012 3:00 p.m.
Deck the Hall, Cripple Creek
December 23, 2012 2:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs Chorale
guests of CS Philharmonic
Home for the Holidays
February 24, 2013 5:00 p.m.
Chefs' Gala & Silent Auction
March 23, 2013 8:00 p.m.
Breath of Spring
March 25, 2013
THE CHAMBER SINGERS
NYC's Lincoln Center
Midnight Ride of Paul Revere
International New York
April 6, 2013 7:00 p.m.
Lauridsen's LUX AETERNA
The Chamber Singers,
Summit Ensemble of the
CS Children's Chorale,
& area high school choirs
First Christian Church
May 14, 2013 7:30 p.m.
USAFA Band & Colorado Springs Chorale
Armed Forces Week Concert
Pikes Peak Center
May 18-19, 2013 8:00 & 2:30 p.m.
Guests of Colo Spgs Philharmonic
CS Chorale & The Chamber Singers
Verdi's REQUIEM, Pikes Peak Center
The Colorado Springs Choral Society is the oldest, continuously performing community organization for vocal artists in the state of Colorado. It has served the Pikes Peak region since 1956. It maintains an auditioned choral resource trained in the traditions of classical music, capable of singing a wide ranging repertoire of classical, contemporary and international music.
Colorado Springs Choral Society is the parent organization of the Colorado Springs Chorale and The Chamber Singers. Founded in 1956, the Society’s purpose is to contribute to the cultural richness of the Pikes Peak Region while providing an artistically rewarding choral experience for talented vocalists.
There are few musical leaders and organizations active today in the Pike's Peak region who have not benefited from the Chorale in some way. The Choral Society is the embodiment of the entire community of volunteer musicians in the region, coming together to perform great classical choral works. We do this through the efforts of our esteemed music directors, Maesetros Donald P. Jenkins, Kimberley Schultz and a large standing and talented membership. We also organize and include talented alumni, friends, and other volunteers who wish to share in our exciting performances. We regularly perform with the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the USAFA Band.
This past season, the large symphonic chorus and the smaller 20-member Chamber Singers performed over 80 separate choral pieces in 10 concerts. The music program for FY 13 will be equally demanding, including participation in the Philharmonic’s performance of Verdi’s Requiem in Spring 2013. The Chamber Singers' exceptional ability has garnered the attention of a national program, inviting Director Kimberley Schultz and her Chamber Singers to perform at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in a program of contemporary American music. The Choral Society’s staff ihass been recently strengthened by acquiring a new Executive Director, who is a Composer , former University Administrator and former not-for-profit Director.
Our Mission Statement:
To serve the Pikes Peak Region by celebrating the human voice in song and its power to rejoice, console, educate, enrich, unite, and inspire.
Education and Outreach:
The Chamber Singers are continuing their education outreach, collaborating with nearly 50 area schools. Their Choral Scholars program, a tradition begun in 2006, has placed 8 school-recommended and auditioned high school students into their membership and performance schedule. Additionally, their Choral Awards program brings together all area schools to recognize outstanding choir leadership among middle and high school choirs. Further continuing this outreach, the Choral Society will be integrating a bell choir from Woodland Park into their winter holiday program.
Donald P. Jenkins
Artistic Director & Conductor
Don is Professor Emeritus of Music at Colorado College. He received a B.A. degree from Oberlin College, a B.M.E. degree from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music, and a M.S. degree in Choral Conducting from the Juilliard School of Music. He has been conductor of the Colorado Springs Chorale since 1967.
He was co-founder and General Director of the Colorado Opera Festival for 30 years, presenting more than 100 full operatic productions with orchestra, employing distinguished national artists performing at Colorado College and at Pikes Peak Center.
In September 2004, Mr. Jenkins received the Pikes Peak Arts Council Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2008, Don was presented a Special Recognition Award “for his contributions to making the Pikes Peak Region a better place to live and work” by the Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Jenkins has guest-conducted or stage-directed for Colorado Opera Troupe (Denver), Denver’s Classic Chorale, and Opera Theatre of the Rockies. He served as a judge for the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in seven western states.
Our hearts are heavy as we anticipate Mr. Jenkins's retirement on July 1, 2014. His inspirational leadership and unprecedented years of service to the Chorale will be remembered and revered by every singer who has been a member and by all who have attended our concerts year after year. Audiences and singers alike will treasure the next few seasons under his baton.
Daniel S. Brink
Assistant Conductor & Principal Accompanist
Dan has been with the Chorale since 1985 and was appointed Assistant Conductor in 1997. He was director/conductor of the Chorale’s small ensemble, MOSAIC, from its inception in 1990 until its “retirement” in 2008. He served on the artistic staff of the Colorado Opera Festival from 1984 until its closure in 2000 and is currently Principal Coach/Accompanist for Opera Theatre of the Rockies. Mr. Brink has been a member of the music faculty at Colorado College since 1987, serving as the conductor of the CC Chamber Orchestra and the CC Collegium Musicum. He also served on the faculty of the Vocal Arts Symposium, a part of the Colorado College Summer Session. Dan is well known in the Pikes Peak Region as a collaborative artist, teacher, arranger, conductor, and adjudicator. He has written arrangements for the Chorale, the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, and the Colorado Springs Symphony, as well as for a variety of small ensembles in the area. His arrangement of the American folksong, Shenandoah, can be heard on the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble’s CD entitled Down to the Water. He received his Master of Music degree in piano accompanying and chamber music from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Music Director and Conductor of The Chamber Singers
Kim Schultz is the founder, Music Director and Conductor of the Chamber Singers. She also serves as the Director of Music at First Christian Church, where she conducts the Childrens, Youth, Chancel and Handbell choirs. Ms. Schultz received her Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver, where she served as the graduate teaching assistant for choirs. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Music and History from Duke University in Durham, N.C. Most recently, she has served as the Artist in Residence at the Colorado Springs School, leading a middle school intensive workshop entitled "Global Voices." Ms. Schultz was selected as a conductor for the National Conductor's Symposium in Vancouver, B.C. in May of 2010. Ms. Schultz has much experience working with young people, as a vocal music instructor in the public and parochial schools for 7 years, as a private piano and voice teacher for nearly 20 years, and as a judge for choral festivals in town. She is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the music honors society, as well as the American Choral Directors Association and Chorus America.
Peter Carino, M.Ed., is an experienced University Program Director and Administrator, who served the University of Massachusetts Office of the President in areas of finance and business operations, and state-wide program development. For 10 years, he was the executive director of two private schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. He is also an amateur musician-composer . He has composed and directed film scores for three award-winning documentary films. Throughout his career he has led small and medium size organizations to develop next-phase growth and has led the University of Massachusetts in important initiatives needed to enhance and modernize its core mission, providing $17M in external University funding for special projects. He served on the University's finance management team, setting policies for the University's $700M operational budget. He received his graduate degree in Organization Psychology from Harvard University. He is referenced in recent publications in areas of Psychology, Law, and Information Technology and he has been an Associate Member of the American Bar Association since 2006.
Jackie has been with the Chorale for twenty-four years, and has been coordinating Chefs' Gala since 1995. A singer at heart, she performs with the Chorale when time permits. Jackie has been a featured soloist with The Colorado College Choir, Colorado Opera Festival, Colorado Springs Chorale, Colorado Springs Symphony Chamber Orchestra, Opera Theatre of the Rockies, Soli Deo Gloria, Taylor Memorial Choir, UCCS Choir and others. She enjoys spending time in Cascade with her husband, Bill.
Colorado Springs Choral Society Board of Trustees
The Colorado Springs Chorale is an adult auditioned premier symphonic chorus. The Chorale celebrated its 50th Anniversary in our 2006-2007 Season. The Chorale has, in those 50 years, provided a wide variety of music to diverse audiences under a very broad spectrum of circumstances. These have ranged from concerts, either independently produced or under contract with Pikes Peak Region orchestras in major venues, and large regional events, to intimate performances at hospice and medical facilities. Although the Chorale has served the community in many ways, its unique niche, filled by no other area chorus, is the performance of great classical choral works, with full orchestra and noted soloists, in venues and with staging appropriate to their stature, ensuring the preservation of the heritage of these great works.
The Chorale has twice been honored by the Pikes Peak Arts Council through its "PAPA's" Award for "Best Classical Performance by a Large Ensemble;" and also received additional nominations. Its annual Christmas "Pops" program, Deck the Hall, has been selected as "Best Way to Celebrate Christmas" by the Colorado Springs Gazette's "Go," and its annual fundraiser, Chefs' Gala, has received the "Go" Award as "Best Charity Benefit." The Gazette has also honored the Chorale for "Best Large Classical Concert." The Chorale's conductor, Donald P. Jenkins has been presented the Arts Council's "Lifetime Achievement Award."
The Chorale began in 1956 under the direction of Walter Illian as the Symphony Chorus with the Colorado Springs Symphony. The 175-voice chorus made its debut in the performance of Messiah on December 9, 1956, under the baton of Symphony conductor Walter Eisenberg. In 1958 the organization was incorporated as the Colorado Springs Choral Society.
Between 1958 and 1963 the Chorale gave 23 performances covering a broad spectrum of choral literature and in the process, established itself as a solid performing arts organization.
David Porter became the conductor in 1963, and during the next four years, the Chorale's repertoire expanded to include musicals and featured guest artists such as Fred Waring.
In 1967 Donald P. Jenkins became the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Chorale. Under his leadership the Chorale has developed from a community chorus of unscreened membership into an auditioned, well-balanced ensemble.
Over its 50 year history the Chorale has been a significant part of the region's most memorable events. A brief summary includes:
• The America the Beautiful Centennial Celebration
• Memorial Park 4th of July Celebrations
• Opening of the Pikes Peak Center, with Roberta Peters and the Symphony
• Garden of the Gods Easter Sunrise Services, including televised services on four
local and twenty intermountain network stations
• International Ice Show and Opening of the International Hockey Tournament at the
Broadmoor Ice Arena
• Colorado College 125th Anniversary
• The Freedom Train ('76)
• Opening Ceremonies of the National Sports Festival V at the Air Force Academy
• Bob Hope Christmas Special Broadcast
• Radio Broadcasts of Thanksgiving and Christmas performances at Shove Chapel,
the Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center and "Busy Corner"
• White House Colorado Millennium Tree Ceremony at the steps of the Colorado
Springs Pioneers Museum
• Fallen Firefighter's Memorial (annually, Mosaic)
• Post 9/11 Fallen Firefighter's Memorial
• Opening of the renovated Pikes Peak Center, (classical series)
• The Zebulon Pike Bi-Centennial ceremonies, sunrise atop Pikes Peak, noon media
simulcast, Pike statue dedication, and time capsule opening.
In recent years the Chorale has performed Handel’s Messiah, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony No. 2, Mozart’s Mass in C minor, Verdi’s Requiem, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah with the Colorado Springs Symphony. It has staged its own productions of Brahms’ German Requiem, Haydn’s The Creation, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, and Mozart and More with full orchestra. It celebrated its 50th Anniversary with an enormously successful concert, Choral Gold, presenting best-loved choral pieces from cathedral, concert hall, opera, and Broadway, and produced its first CD as an outcome of the performance. The Chorale sang Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony as the inaugural event of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic. Further appearances with the Philharmonic include: A Classical Christmas; Orff’s Carmina Burana; Mozart’s Requiem, Verdi’s Requiem, and Beethoven’s Missa solemnis. A notable collaboration was a performance with the Colorado Springs Children’s Chorale and the Colorado Vocal Arts Ensemble, Voices.
“Pops” concerts include what has become a regional Christmas tradition, Deck the Hall; and the Academy Band Spectacular! series with the United States Air Force Academy Concert Band, a highlight of the annual Colorado Springs Chamber of Commerce week-long salute to the military. The 2008 concert, Summon the Heroes, was recorded live and was recently broadcast on regional affiliates of PBS and major network television stations in 177 countries to 54 million viewers.
The Colorado Springs Choral Society is an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization supported by ticket sales, contributions from individuals, businesses and foundations, and earned income.
The Society maintains memberships in Chorus America, Colorado Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Colorado Springs Nonprofit Center.