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Kansas City Symphony Chorus

The choral voice of your Symphony.

160 magnificent voices

About the Kansas City Symphony Chorus

The Kansas City Symphony Chorus, led by Grammy® Award-winning Chorus Director Charles Bruffy, is a 160-voice ensemble that continues its long tradition of excellence serving as “the choral voice of the Kansas City Symphony.”

The Symphony Chorus has been offering quality choral music to the greater Kansas City metropolitan area since the early 1960s, first as the Mendelssohn Choir and then as the Civic Chorus. After the creation of the Kansas City Symphony, the Symphony Chorus assumed its current name and role as the Symphony’s “choral voice” in 1988. Before the appointment of Chorus Director Charles Bruffy in 2008, the Symphony Chorus worked under the direction of choral conductors Eph Ehly and Arnold Epley.

The Symphony Chorus has represented Kansas City in five concert tours, including performances in New York City, Boston, the Berkshires, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Mexico where it performed with the Mexico City Symphony. The Symphony Chorus women recorded Holst’s The Planets with the Kansas City Symphony in January 2015.

The Kansas City Symphony Chorus musicians are all volunteers from the region’s extensive musical community selected through rigorous auditions. Members have rich backgrounds in both music education and performance, and are engaged as soloists and conductors in schools, churches and venues throughout the region.

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Our Mission

To foster the continuing availability of a professional-quality choral ensemble that serves as “the choral voice of the Kansas City Symphony.” With pride we provide quality choral music to enhance the cultural environment of the local arts and educational communities. This unique privilege also allows the Symphony Chorus to share the stage with the Symphony Orchestra many times throughout the season, bringing expansive choral works rarely seen on stage.

The Symphony Chorus has performed the following:

2022/23 Season

  • Brahms’ Nänie and Schicksalslied
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Holst’s The Planets
  • Hindemith’s When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom’d

2021/22 Season

  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Handel’s Coronation Anthem No. 1, “Zadok the Priest”
  • Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9

2020/21 Season

No programs due to the Covid-19 pandemic

2019/20 Season

  • Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms
  • Poulenc’s “Salve Regina”
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Beethoven’s Mass in C

2018/19 Season

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
  • W.A. Mozart’s “Ave verum corpus”
  • J.S. Bach’s “O Jesu Christ, mein’s Lebens Licht,” BWV 118
  • John Adams On the Transmigration of Souls
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Orff’s Carmina burana
  • Mahler’s Third Symphony

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