Summer Singers Of Kansas City

William Baker, DMA, Music Director and Conductor
Christine Freeman, Associate Music Director, Senior Vocal Coach
Jamea Sale, Choral Assistant
O. Wayne Smith, DMA, Organist and Accompanist

The REQUIEM of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Music of America at the Time of Mozart

Performed with members of the Kansas City Symphony

Registration for the 2015 Summer Singers of Kansas City will open March 1, 2015.

 
Enjoy the following excerpts from recent Summer Singers of Kansas City performances.
Mendelssohn’s ELIJAH (2012)Beethoven’s CHORAL FANTASY (2013)
 

 The Summer Singers of Kansas City was formed in 1999 as an extension of the original Summer Singers created in Atlanta in 1990.  The summer-only chorus of 150 voices begins rehearsals in early June of each year and holds 8-10 rehearsals in a fun workshop setting with an emphasis on experiential learning. The repertoire usually includes a popular major work performed with guest soloists and members of the Kansas City Symphony. This work is often complemented by short form classics, folks songs and spirituals.

The first sixteen seasons of the Summer Singers of Kansas City have been a great success, with singers attracted from as far away as Topeka, Garden City, Ottawa and St. Joseph. Repertoire highlights have included Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass and The Creation, Beethoven: Mass in C, Choral Fantasy and Symphony No. 9, Mendelssohn: Elijah, Handel: Coronation Anthems & Dettingen Te Deum, and Mozart: Missa Brevis in D, Requiem, Solemn Vespers, Great Mass in C minor and Veni Creator Spiritus, along with a diverse array of classics, folk songs, spirituals and gospel songs.  Performances are usually given to capacity audiences.

The Summer Singers is a concept that has been so successful that it has been imitated across the nation.  The Choral Foundation sponsors Summer Singers ensembles in Kansas City, Atlanta, Smyrna, GA, Lee’s Summit, MO, and Cartersville, GA.

The 2015 Summer Singers of Kansas City will join with distinguished solosits and members of the Kansas City Symphony in the immortal REQUIEM of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, along with works by American composers living in the time of Mozart.  American composers represented will include Justin Morgan, William Billings, Daniel Read, John Antes and Christian Gregor.

Rehearsals begin Tuesday, June 9th.  Performances will be Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, August 15 and 16.

NO AUDITION is required for membership in the Summer Singers of Kansas City, but music reading ability is a must.  Choral experience is highly recommended.  All adults and mature youth are invited to participate.  (Youth under 16 may participate only if a parent or guardian is also a registered member of the Summer Singers.)

Please tell your singing friends about the Summer Singers.  Questions?  Call 913-403-9223 or email Mail@FestivalSingers.org.