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Texas Choral Consort

Since 1997, the Texas Choral Consort (first known as the Texas Chamber Consort), under the leadership and direction of its founder and first artistic director, Dr. Barry Scott Williamson, has provided hundreds of interested singers in Central Texas with quality auditioned and non-auditioned choral performance opportunities.

Dr. Williamson first introduced the concept of the Choral Symposium in 1992 with a performance of Mozart’s Requiem. The Symposium concept was new to the Central Texas area. In the symposiums, Dr. Williamson takes a group of non-auditioned singers, teaches them a major choral work, provides lectures about the composer and the composition and (within only a few weeks’ time) creates a performance choir, as well as a memorable musical experience for both singer and audience. Past symposiums have featured the Requiem, Mass in C Minor, Vesperae solennes de Confessore, and the Coronation Mass by Mozart; St. John Passion and Magnificat by Bach; The Creation, Heilig Mass, Nelson Mass and Theresienmesse by Haydn; Handel’s Messiah; Faure and Durufle’s Requiems; Dvorak’s Stabat Mater; and various opera choruses. Symposium singers have ranged in age from 14 to 84 and all are family, figuratively and literally. Past symposium choruses have included husbands & wives, sisters & brothers, parents & children, and grandparents & grandchildren.

Dr. Williamson has also created several smaller, auditioned choirs, which perform regular fall and spring concerts. And, ensemble groups of various sizes have performed at the Texas State Capitol’s Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Neill-Cochran House Museum, and the Villa Antonia Twilight Concert Series as well as several local weddings and other community functions. In 2006, 14 year-old Parker Ramsay, National winner of the MTNA Junior Composition Competition, chose Dr. Williamson to provide an ensemble to debut his award-winning composition at the award ceremony.

TCC has sponsored successful international tours including Ireland (2002), Germany and Austria (2004), and Wales (2006). Other TCC collaborations have included Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony Orchestra; the Austin Children’s Choir; the Galway Choral Association, NUIG Chamber Orchestra, and St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral Choir of Ireland; the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society and Welsh Sinfonia of Cardiff, Wales; and Austin composers, Donald Grantham and Patricia Long.

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