The Austin Handel-Haydn Society

Austin Handel-Haydn Society History


Since its Summer 1985 debut, the Austin Handel-Haydn Society has become Central Texas’ favorite chamber choir. Comprised of some of the most talented singers of the area, this chamber choir has consistently presented the highest quality in choral music performances, both a cappella and with orchestra.

During the past twelve years, the Society has been invited to perform in and around Austin, at the annual Early Music Festival at Round Top, for the annual convention of the Texas Choral Director’s Association, at the historical Marienkirche for the Fredericksburg Music Club, and as the founding ensemble of Christmas at the Cathedral at St. Mary’s Cathedral in downtown Austin.

In 1993, the Handel-Haydn Society began an educational outreach program, bringing choral music to the students of the Austin area schools. In 1995, the Society joined forces with the Austin Civic Chorus to bring their outreach program to more students in more schools. During the 1995-1996 Season, the outreach program will bring professional singers to every one of the Austin Independent School District’s middle schools.

The Handel-Haydn Society is known primarily for its interpretation of Classical and Baroque music, but the singers of this fine ensemble are equally at home with works of the 19th and 20th centuries. This season, the Society presents works from the Classical and Baroque periods, modern motets of the Christmas and Lenten Seasons, and one of the 19th Century’s greatest masterworks, Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem.


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