Ninety-two years ago, the Calvin Oratorio Society made its debut with the first of its now traditional Christmas season performances of Handel's Messiah. Since that time, the Calvin Oratorio Society has grown under the outstanding leadership of its Music Directors: Reese Veatch (1920-1923), Seymour Swets (1923-1967), Harold Geerdes (1967-1981), Howard Slenk (1981-1998), Pearl Shangkuan (1998-2003), and its current director, Joel Navarro.
Chorus members are of all ages and from all walks of life; all have considerable choral singing experience, and some are professional musicians and music teachers.
"Singing with the Calvin Oratorio Society continues to be a richly rewarding experience for our members who look sincerely for spiritual upliftment and musical quality. I know of no other choir of this kind in West Michigan that has successfully blended faith, community, tradition, and musical enterprise throughout its long and blessed history. To be part of this choir is to experience not only the genius and inspiration of the composers we perform, but also to experience the majesty and presence of the triune God. It is an altogether fabulous and uniquely humbling experience to be a part of this gathering of singers and believers."
-Joel Navarro, Music Director
The Oratorio Society performs at the Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the campus of Calvin College, near the intersection of Burton and the East Beltline.
Since its founding, the Oratorio Society has performed many of the greatest Oratorios of our time. In addition to the annual performances of Handel's Messiah, the Society's performances have ranged from a staged version of Mendelssohn's Elijah to a United States premiere of MISA 2000, a work by celebrated Filipino composer Ryan Cayabyab.
Other highlights of past performances include works by Bach (Easter Oratorio, St. Matthew Passion, St. John Passion), Brahms (Requiem), Handel (Saul), Haydn (Creation), Mendelssohn (St. Paul), Mozart (Exultate), Rutter (Requiem), and Vaughan Williams (Five Mystical Songs).
Auditions for the Oratorio Season will take place on January 16 and 17, 2013 from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
Calvin College Covenant Fine Arts Center
1795 Knollcrest Circle SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Monday evenings from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Rehearsals resume on January 21, 2013
Prepare a hymn of your choice to be sung in your voice part. An accompanist will be available at your audition.
To schedule a time, please call or email Vicki Van Wingerden at (616) 526-6360 or email@example.com or complete the form below.
Joel Navarro, conductor
*Friday, November 30, 2012 at 8:00 pm
*Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 8:00 pm
Covenant Fine Arts Center Auditorium
Martha, Guth, soprano
Eric Jurenas, countertenor
Fitah Rasendrahasina, tenor
Ricardo Lugo, bass
*Tickets may be purchased online from the Calvin Box Office or call (616) 526-6282.
2012 Messiah Radio Broadcast Schedule (local times are listed):
KCSC (Oklahoma City), Edmond, OK – December 20, 2012 at 12:06 p.m.
KDCR, Sioux Center, IA – December 24, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
KFUO Radio (CLASSIC99.com) – December 22, 2012 at 1:00 p.m.
WFUR-FM, Grand Rapids, MI – TBA
WHTC, Holland, MI – December 17, 2012 at 7:00 p.m.
WSCL 89.5, Salisbury, MD – TBA
KAMU-FM, College Station, TX – December 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. and Dec. 24, 8:00 p.m.
Blue Lake Public Radio, Twin Lake, MI – December 24, 2012 at 8:00 p.m.
Mars Hill Network, Syracuse, NY – December 23, 2012 at 2:00 p.m & 4:00 p.m.
Joel Navarro, conductor
Sunday, April 14, 2013 at 3:00 p.m.
Grace Episcopal Church
1815 Hall St SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49506
A free-will offering will be collected; tickets are not required.
Visit the Oratorio Society beta website where you can access MIDI practice files, receive updates from Dr. Navarro and more!