Plano Civic Chorus is embarking on a new and exciting chapter in our 50 year history. Now a robust 100-voice choir and under the direction of new Artistic Director and Conductor Dr. Randy Hooper, this 51st season will feature four exciting and thought-provoking concerts that are sure to captivate audiences.
SILENCE & MUSIC
Our first concert of the 2023-2024 season, "Silence and Music" explores the beauty of silence and how music and sound move us. It will feature two Ralph Vaughan Williams pieces, Silence and Music and Serenade to Music, as well as music from Jake Runestad, Gweneth Walker, Dan Forrest, William Walton and others. Plano Civic Chorus is pleased to have all three choirs of the Children’s Chorus of Collin County joining us, under the leadership of Janie Oliver, Artistic Director and Conductor, and conductors Emmanuel Espiritu, and Lindy Perez. We will also be honored to have students from Plano ISD’s Regional Day School Program for the Deaf, who will sign ASL on the opening and closing combined pieces with the choirs.
'TIS THE SEASON WITH PLANO CIVIC CHORUS
Join Plano Civic Chorus for their annual 'Tis The Season holiday concerts featuring Robert Young's "He Comes at Christmastide" with string orchestra and "Three Mystical Carols" with organ by Conrad Susa. The early (4pm) concert will be family-focused, and will feature an audience sing-a-long and a special visitor from the North Pole. The second concert will be a more traditional holiday choral concert with a candlelight processional and recessional, and will feature the Varsity A Cappella Choir from Wylie High School.
LIFT EVERY VOICE
Our third concert of the season celebrates non-idiomatic choral music by African American composers as well as some of our favorite arrangements of African American Spirituals. It will be an incredible night of music you won't want to miss!
Plano Civic Chorus concludes its 2023-2024 season with a performance of Durufle’s Requiem accompanied by magnificent organist, Terry Metzger. This masterpiece is renowned for its ethereal harmonies and profound spiritual depth, and the combination of powerful vocals and exquisite organ accompaniment will be sure to captivate those in attendance. Whether you are hearing it for the first time or the hundredth, Durufle’s Requiem offers a truly uplifting experience for all.
PCC is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Randall Hooper as the next Artistic Director and Conductor of Plano Civic Chorus.
Dr. Hooper is the Director of Choirs and Vocal Activities at Texas A&M University-Commerce where he conducts the Tenor and Bass Chorus, the Treble Chorus, the Chamber Singers and University Chorale while overseeing the master’s program in choral conducting and teaching undergraduate courses in conducting. Choirs under Dr. Hooper’s direction have performed in Carnegie Hall, the Moody Concert Hall, the Meyerson Symphony Center and the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe in the Dallas, TX Arts District as well as in various venues in Germany, Austria, England and France.
Dr. Hooper is an active composer, arranger and editor of choral music. His edition of the 17th century composer Jan Pieterszoon Sweelink’s Psalm 100 is published with Carl Fisher. Original works by Dr. Hooper are published by MusicSpoke and arrangements by Dr. Hooper are published with Earthsongs publishing. He is also actively engaged in research and presented his research on the choral music of Anthony Burgess at the first International Anthony Burgess Foundation Symposium in Manchester, England; this research was later published.
Dr. Hooper earned degrees from Texas State University, Baylor University, and Louisiana State University. Prior to his position at Texas A&M University-Commerce, Dr. Hooper held similar positions at Tennessee Tech University, Georgia State University and taught high school choral music for eleven years in Texas. Dr. Hooper has been a teacher and conductor for over 34 years.
About his appointment, Dr. Hooper states, “I have known of Ralph Stannard’s work with Plano Civic Chorus for many years and I am thrilled to be given the opportunity to continue this work with the fine singers of PCC. As the new Artistic Director and Conductor of Plano Civic Chorus, I look forward to building strong relationships with the chorus members, the PCC audience, the Plano artistic community, and the greater North Texas arts community. Through my leadership I hope to live out the mission of the chorus, enriching the North Texas community by performing great choral music with a dedication to offering fulfilling musical experiences to our audiences and our singers.”
Dr. Hooper’s appointment begins July 1, 2023
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