The Memphis Symphony Chorus is an integral part of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra family and a fan favorite. Since its formation in 1965, the Memphis Symphony Chorus has attracted excellent, volunteer vocalists from around the Mid-South.
The Chorus began in 1965 when Maestro Vincent De Frank needed a chorus to present the Symphony’s first Pops Concert. Today the Chorus is 120 members strong, performing under the direction of Maestro Robert Moody and Dr. Lawrence Edwards. This group celebrated its 50th anniversary during the 2015-16 season.
In a perfect collaboration of orchestral and vocal musicians, the chorus performs major works across the entire spectrum of classical choral music, opera choruses, and concert pops repertoire. Performances are usually held at the Cannon Center in downtown Memphis, or at the Germantown Performing Arts Center.
Chorus membership grows through a twice-yearly audition process. Being a professional vocalist is not a prerequisite for acceptance; however, one must have in equal proportion vocal skill, ability to read music, a love for great choral music, as well as the time and energy to devote to a weekly rehearsal during the season.
The Memphis Symphony Chorus is an all-volunteer organization made up of individuals who love to sing. If you would like to donate to our organization, please click the link below.