CHORUS AMERICA MARGARET HILLIS AWARD FOR CHORAL EXCELLENCE 2018
Conductor: Robert Simpson
Founded by Artistic Director Robert Simpson in 1995, Houston Chamber Choir is dedicated to increasing the awareness, appreciation, and esteem of choral music and musicians through performance, outreach, and education.
The choir actively commissions and showcases Texas composers, particularly those from Houston. It has performed world premieres by Anthony Brandt, Dominick DiOrio, Jefferson Todd Frazier, Michael Horvit, Karim Al-Zand, David Ashley White and Rob Landes.
Winner of Chorus America's 2018 Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, Houston Chamber Choir has been described by The Tallis Scholars founder Peter Phillips as “one of this country’s leading ensembles."
The Chamber Choir’s travels have taken it on tour in the USA and abroad, and it has received invitations to perform from the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association, Chorus America, The American Guild of Organists, The Association of Anglican Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Musicians, the Texas Choral Directors Association, and the Organization of American Kodály Educators.
In collaboration with Grammy Award-winning artist Kim Kashkashian, the Choir released Rothko Chapel: Morton Feldman, Erik Satie, John Cage on the ECM label with Grammy Award-winner Judith Sherman, producer. It was cited as one of the “Best Classical Recordings of 2015” by The Chicago Tribune.
The choir members say that the opportunity to represent their nation at WSCM2020 is a dream, “We look forward to immersing ourselves in a gathering of the finest choral practitioners the world and expanding our knowledge and passion for choral music. The ability to learn from others with diverse backgrounds and cultures will be an immense gift to our organization! Experiencing New Zealand as a Choir will truly be the trip of a lifetime and we cannot wait!”