Unofficial Houston Symphony Chorus Archive and History
Compiled by Roger Cutler and Dave Nussmann
As of June, 2016 this site is no longer being updated.
The group, originally known as the Houston
Chorale, was founded in 1946 by Alfred Urbach, then
principal cellist of the Houston Symphony. The
Chorale made its debut with the Houston Symphony in
1949 with a performance of Beethoven's Ninth
Symphony. This inaugurated what was to be a lasting
relationship, one that has produced hundreds of
memorable performances of the great choral
masterworks led by some of the world's leading
conductors. In 1986, the Chorale was renamed the
Houston Symphony Chorus.
The materials of this section have been
researched and organized by Roger Cutler and Dave
Nussmann with the help of many members.
Performance History Database, including
Works, Composers, Conductors, Soloists, Venues,
and links to programs, reviews and some other
materials. Over its sixty-five-year history the
Chorus has performed over 1000 concerts.
Complete - A
customizable display of all the performances
of the HSC from 1947 to present.
Modern - A customizable display of
performances of the "modern era", 1986 to
Spreadsheet - The raw data on which the
displays above are based. This is the
master copy of the history.
- History of
Staff, Chorus Council and
Programs, Essays and Reviews 1985 to
present. These materials are similar to those
in the Scrapbooks for earlier years (see below),
but organized by performance and linked in the
customizable history displays above.
Photographs 1982 to present.
1940 - 1985, containing programs, reviews,
newspaper articles, etc Plus the 1989 - 1992
HSC Newsletter "Sing Out".
History (1946-2007, written by Dave
Nusssmann on the occasion of the chorus'
History 1946-1997, written by Dave Nussmann
on the occasion of the chorus' Fiftieth
Favorite Works Survey
The matinée performance of the Christmas
Pops on Sunday, December 12, 2010, was the
1000th performance of the Houston Symphony
Chorus. The charts on the right (click on the
thumbnails to get big versions) summarize our
first 1000 concerts by year, calling out some
highlights, and the top sixteen works in terms
of number of times performed.