Middle Tennessee Choral Society
The Middle Tennessee Choral Society was organized in 1969 to present choral music of the highest caliber. Shortly after the group became a chartered, non-profit organization in 1984, under the director Dr. Raphael Bundageand general manager Kay Garrison, its purpose was broadened to include education. the 100-voice MTSU Chamber Choir joined the Choral Society for its concert season in 1985. In addition, school groups from elementary through high school have periodically performed with the Choral Society for its concert season in 1985. In addition, school groups from elementary through high school have periodically performed with the Choral Society since then to gain additional musical understanding in settings they otherwise might not experience.
Beginning in 1996, the Society has sponsored the annual Orpheus Vocal Competition to provide financial support and encouragement to singers age 19 to 30 from around the United States who are pursuing careers as vocal artists. The Society awards grand prizes of $5,000 for the young artist winner and $2,500 for the student winner. Additional prizes are given by individuals and corporations. Orpheus is the only competition of its kind in the south central United States.
The Choral Society has brought many fine performers to the Murfreesboro stage, including James Earl Jones for Copland's "Lincoln Portrait" and international soprano Christine Brewer for Beethoven's "Missa Solemnis."
The Society has traveled throughout the U.S. and Europe and enjoyed two invitations to Carnegie Hall. European tours with members of the MTSU Chamber Choir included concerts in Austria, England, France, Italy, and Scandinavia. Another visit to Austria is in the offing this season.
Fans of Excellent choral music are invited to support the Middle Tennessee Choral Society through a tax-deductible gift. donations help underwrite the cost of performances by providing funds for the orchestra, guest soloists, and music scores. Donations also help sponsor the Orpheus Competition.
If you would like to sing with the Society please E-mail Dr. Bundage.