Led by Artistic Director Robert Simpson, the HOUSTON CHAMBER CHOIR is a GRAMMY® Award-winning ensemble. It is comprised of 24 professional musicians with extensive training and backgrounds.
Recognized as one of the premiere choral ensembles in the world, the Houston Chamber Choir released its fifth recording, Duruflé: Complete Choral Works, in 2019, which was awarded Best Choral Performance at the 62nd Annual Grammy® Awards. Recorded in the Edythe Bates Old Recital Hall at Rice University with organist Ken Cowan, this was produced by Grammy®-winning producer Blanton Alspaugh and released by UK-based Signum Classics.
The Houston Chamber Choir continues to be recognized for its outstanding work. In 2018, the Chamber Choir received the Chorus America Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Previ- ous awards include the American Prize for Choral
Performance and the American Prize in the Choral Conducting.
The choir has appeared in Mexico City with Orquestra del Nuevo Mundo and traveled to Wales where it won honors at the International Choral Festival in Llangollen. The Houston Chamber Choir has performed at national conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, national conferences for Chorus America, the Association of Anglican Musicians, the Association of Lutheran Musicians, and the Texas Choral Directors Association. In April 2012, the Chamber Choir made its New York City début at Trinity Church Wall Street and presented a concert and masterclass at Yale University. In June 2016, they performed for the American Guild of Organists during their national convention in Houston.
At home as “one of the jewels of the city’s cultural scene” (Houston Chronicle), the Houston Chamber Choir has brought Houston audiences an array of choral masterpieces, including the city’s first period-instrument performance of Bach’s B-minor Mass and the rarely heard Third Sacred Concert by Duke Ellington. It has commissioned works from leading composers, including The Healing of the Sun by Christian McBride, The Blue Estuaries by David Ashley White, A Dome of Many-Coloured Glass by Dominick DiOrio, and Messages to Myself by Christopher Theofanidis, which it premiered at Lift Every Voice and Sing – An American Masterpieces Choral Festival hosted by the Chamber Choir and sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts.