Columbus Symphony Chorus
Superbly balanced, well-rehearsed and confident.
The Columbus Symphony Chorus, beginning its 61st season in the fall of 2021, continues to excel under the direction of Ronald J. Jenkins. Under his leadership for the past 39 years, the Chorus has grown both in the quality of its performances and in the diversity of its classical repertoire.
The 130-member Chorus, composed entirely of volunteer singers from central Ohio, performs major works from Bach through the twenty-first century. Past performances have included the requiems of Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, Mozart, and Duruflé; the Bach B Minor Mass; Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor and Coronation Mass; Haydn's Lord Nelson and Harmonie Mass; Haydn's Creation and the Seasons; Paul Moravec’s Sanctuary Road, Orff’s Carmina Burana and works by Rossini, Walton, Britten, and Prokofiev; and concert performances of operas, including Bizet’s Carmen. In 2013 the chorus premiered Stephen Paulus' "Of Songs and Singing," conducted by Jenkins and commissioned by the chorus to honor his 30+ years of service. In addition to their classical concerts, the Chorus's annual Holiday Pops concerts, conceived and directed by Jenkins from their beginning in 1983, have grown into one of the best-loved musical traditions in the central Ohio area.
A few excerpts from reviews in the press:
- Darrel Rosenbluth, New York Concert Review critic remarked of the Chorus after their April, 2001 performance of Prologue in Heaven from Mefistofele, "This was choral singing of impeccable realization and subtle shading that carried the celestial paradise of Boito's text to earthly ears."
- Of Carmina Burana, Columbus Dispatch music critic Barbara Zuck wrote, "The chorus cleanly and clearly led us all through the work's many colors and temperaments."
- In the Beethoven, the chorus was acclaimed for its “glorious delivery” and in the Haydn, the chorus was given “top billing for its hushed entrance and exquisite, buoyant beauty achieved again and again, and most-consistently conveying the qualities of naiveté and sweetness.”
- The Symphony Chamber Chorus presented Faure’s Requiem, of which music critic Zuck wrote, “Faure’s setting of this mass requires just the right approach, which Jenkins and his musicians found to perfection.”
The Symphony Chorus’ 2021-22 season will include:
- Handel Messiah (Chamber Chorus)
- Bach St. John Passion (Chamber Chorus)
- Durufle Requiem (Chamber Chorus)
- Beethoven Ninth Symphony
- Liszt Dante Symphony
- Puccini La Boheme
What is a typical schedule for the Symphony Chorus each season?
The chorus rehearses every Tuesday evening from 7:15 to 9:45 p.m. in rehearsal room #1 of the Ohio Theater Pavilion, 55 East State Street. The date of the beginning and ending of each year's rehearsal schedule depends on the repertoire of the particular season. Rehearsals usually begin for each season in late August.
A typical concert week usually follows the pattern of rehearsals and concerts below:
- Tuesday evening: chorus and piano with the conductor
- Wednesday & Thursday evenings: chorus and orchestra with conductor
- Friday & Saturday evenings (sometimes also Saturday or Sunday matinees): concerts
For information about auditions click here.