Skip to main content
kc symphony chorus

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.

Follow the Symphony Chorus on social media: Facebook and Twitter

Chorus Roster Chorus Audition Info

symphony chorus

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 chorus will perform in the following Symphony concerts during the 2019/20 season:

  • Stern Conducts Bruckner’s Seventh
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Beethoven’s Mass in C
  • Ode to Joy: Beethoven’s Ninth

The chorus performed in the following Symphony concerts during the 2018/19 season:

  • Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban in Concert
  • Mozart Bach and Schubert’s Ninth
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Christmas Festival
  • Carmina Burana
  • Mahler’s Third

Review the 2018/19 Symphony Chorus Musician Roster

Audition Information