About Us

The history of the Central Texas Choral Society

An Overview

The Central Texas Choral Society was reorganized in 2012 as an auditioned community chorus in the Central Texas area. CTCS evolved out of the Waco Civic Chorus, which was active from the late 1970's until 2003. Former Baylor School of Music Professor Robert Young was the fouding director of the chorus. Dr. Young and the original members of the chorus saw the need to have a community choral ensemble and laid the groundwork for what today is CTCS. Dr. Donald Balmos, then Director of the Department of Fine Arts at McLennan Community College, took over the responsibilities of leadership and musical direction in the mid 80's. During his tenure, the chorus performed many of the standard works for chorus and orchestra. Current director, Dr. David Guess, sang with the chorus in the 1990's and took over the baton as president and musical director in 2012.

CTCS members come from communities throughout Central Texas and consists of over 160 singers from all walks of life, stay-at-home moms; business leaders and community activists; faculty from all levels of education; even high school singers who want to have a different musical experience. Not all members sing every concert, as they try to match the number of singers needed to the requirements of the work being performed. It is also understood that life often interrupts the opportunity to be involved in CTCS on an active basis and, though the core of singers remains fairly constant, singers often join when their schedules allow. One of the unique aspects of the chorus is the participation of family units, husbands and wives; dads and sons; moms and daughters; even entire families often join together to have the wonderful cultural experience of singing great works of art.

Our Vision and Our Accomplishments

TThe ensemble presents 2 to 3 concerts each season and is committed to the performance of important compositional milestones in the choral art. Recent performances include Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Walzer; Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms; Dan Forrest’s Requiem for the Living; Ludwig van Beethoven’s Mass in C and Choral Fantasy; and Gloria’s by Randall Alan Bass and Daniel Pinkham. They enjoy collaborating with other musical organizations throughout the area and have joined the MCC Chorale and Percussion Ensemble in a performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana; John Rutter’s Gloria and other patriotic pieces with the Bosque Chorale; Beethoven’s Symphony #9 “An die Freude” with the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and Choirs; 14 sold-out performances of Les Miserables and a 3-week run of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street with the Waco Civic Theater; and a performance of classic American choral music with the Youth Chorus of Central Texas. They also perform in smaller groups at local community activities throughout Central Texas, including Lions Club and Rotary meetings, Christmas on 5th, the Junior League Holiday Market, the Cultural Arts Festival, and many more. In 2018, 28 members of CTCS joined singers from across the world to present Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and Choral Fantasy in Carnegie Hall.

CTCS is an official 501(c)(3) organization and all monetary gifts of any amount are most welcome and tax deductible. All contributors will be acknowledged in our concert programs. For further information, e-mail centraltexaschoralsociety@yahoo.com or call (254) 717-4736. Donations can also may be mailed to the following address: Central Texas Choral Society, 12002 Woodfall Circle, Woodway, TX.

CTCS Officers

Name Position
David Guess President, Musical Director
Michelle Shero Treasurer
Heather Scott Secretary

CTCS Board of Directors

Jack Boyd
Pam Elam
JoDee Heyduck
Mandy Morrison
Rick Scott