Akron Symphony Chorus
At nearly 100 members, the Akron Symphony Chorus is dedicated to achieving the highest level of choral singing. Its volunteer singers represent all walks of life from our Akron community and surrounding areas. The Chorus is an indispensable part of the Akron Symphony Orchestra, and along with the Orchestra and the Akron Youth Symphony, functions as part of the Greater Akron Musical Association.
RACHMANINOFF’S VESPERS, the Akron Symphony Chorus Concert takes place at 3:30 pm on Sunday, May 3, 2014 at St. Sebastian Church (476 Mull Avenue in Akron). This all choral program will be conducted by chorus director Maria Sensi Sellner. Tickets are $15 and $7.50 for students and can be purchased through the Akron Symphony office or online at the bottom of this page.
Want to audition for the Akron Symphony Chorus? We are now scheduling auditions for the 2013-2014 concert season. Click here for details or contact Brenda Justice at the Akron Symphony office. We are especially in need of high sopranos and men.
The Akron Symphony Choral Society, as it was first known, began rehearsals in the fall of 1956. The first performance was the Brahms German Requiem on April 17 1957 under the direction of Robert Shaw. In the years to follow, the renamed Akron Symphony Chorus performed much of the major choral repertoire of the last six centuries, as well as several regional first performances and world premieres. Highlights have included Honegger’s Joan of Arc at the Stake featuring world famous actress and dancer Vera Zorina, and in recent years, the Mozart Coronation Mass with guest conductor Jeannette Sorrell, Handel’s Messiah directed by James Mismas, and an all Brahms program conducted by Grammy and Emmy award-winning guest conductor Vance George, retired choral director of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus. In 2007, the chorus performed Verdi’s La Traviata, conducted by Christopher Wilkins.