choral music

San Antonio Mastersingers

It’s not "The Voice" or "American Idol," but there are some vocal tryouts coming soon. No, you can’t expect to be dissed by tattoo’d rock stars, but you just might get to travel internationally if you pass the audition. “We are looking for all kinds of singers, all kinds of voice parts," said Chancey Blackburn, the vice-chair of the San Antonio Mastersingers. "The chorus is made up of singers who have been masters of music performance, all the way to singers like me, with no formal training.”...

Gary Mabry

The halls of UTSA have been filled with the sound of singing the last few days thanks to a statewide choir camp, which brought about 250 high school students statewide onto the campus. UTSA Professor of Music Gary Mabry said the camp begins Sunday evening and runs through Wednesday afternoon. Those students are broken up into alto, tenors, sopranos and basses, and they’re sectioned off to work with group leaders. “We’ll have a chance to work with them, really about three-plus hours a day,"...

Jennifer Seighman

The San Antonio Choral Society is performing Thursday night at a special place. And it’s only the first in a run of special places coming up soon. That place is Mission Concepción. “A lot of our music is a capella, so just being able to sing in a space that was basically built for music, and it's very similar to the churches and cathedrals we’ll be in in Europe,” said San Antonio Choral Society's Jennifer Seighman. The show is Thursday at 7 p.m. and is free. After the Mission...

Trish Neil

The Texas Children’s Choir has a series of performances coming up. Those performances aren't so much the news — it’s where those performances are that make them a big deal. "Normandy, France, and Paris," said Thomas Hardaway, who founded the 52-voice choir based in San Antonio. Hardaway said he is taking them to France for a reason: “The commemoration of the D-Day landings at Normandy, France," he said. June 6 will mark 70 years since the invasion that began the process of turning the war...

Jennifer Seighman
San Antonio Choral Society / San Antonio Choral Society

The San Antonio Choral Society has a pair of performances this week. I spoke to Jennifer Seighman, who is the group’s artistic director. “We have two concerts this week. The first one is Tuesday at 7:30 at the Oblate School of Theology and then we’ll give a second performance on Sunday at 3 p.m. at Travis Park United Methodist Church,” Seighman said. She said the selections they’ll be singing are specifically to highlight the human voice. “Much of the music will be a capella ,"...

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