The mission of Prescott Chorale is to perform choral music of exceptional quality in a highly professional manner, emphasizing Masterworks which inspire, challenge, entertain, and educate our singers and our audiences.
Prescott Chorale presented our first season, 2014-2015 to rave reviews following stellar performance of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem accompanied by renowned organist Ty Woodward.
Our 2015-2016 season became more expansive with Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody and the Johann Adolf Hasse Messe in d minor which was re-discovered by Dr. David Wilson, teacher, scholar and conductor, Professor Emeritus from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Prescott Chorale reprised Hasse’s Messe in d minor taking it to Berlin, Leipzig, Dresden, Wroclaw and Prague in June 2018. Wroclaw is the birthplace of Johann Hasse.
The Chorale’s 2017-2018 season closed with April’s glorious presentation of Josef Rheinberger’s, Mass in C Major, op. 69; our three Young Artist Competition scholarship winners performing and receiving $1,000.00 each; and the concert closed with Rene Clausen’s Memorial to the victims of September 11, 2001.
Dennis Houser has been in professional music for over 50 years as a music educator, performer, and conductor. His experiences include conducting the Master Chorale of Yavapai College, the Pacific Chorale, and the Orange County Master Chorale, plus guest conducting throughout the United States and in other countries. Houser has been featured as guest soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Chorale, William Hall Chorale, Orange County Master Chorale, plus numerous other guest artist appearances. Houser has served as guest clinician in over 200 music festivals nationwide.
He currently serves as Choirmaster of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott and is the founding and current Artistic Director of the Prescott Chorale.
JJacob Gilbert, a native of Andrews, North Carolina, received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. While in college, he studied voice, piano, and organ. He currently serves as the Director of Music Ministries at Prescott United Methodist Church in Prescott, Arizona, and is the Assistant Director of the Prescott Chorale.
Jacob has been a part of numerous choirs around the United States including the Bel Canto Company, Josquin de Prez Chamber Ensemble, Honors Performance Series at Carnegie Hall, NAfME Honors Choir, and the ACDA Honors Choir. He is a member of NAfME, ACDA, and Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.
Margaret Houck has enjoyed a 40-year career in music as a conductor, vocal coach, private teacher, and accompanist. Conducting experiences include Minister of Music at Mesa Verde UMC in Costa Mesa, CA, and Director of the Crystal Cathedral Chorale, affiliated with Robert Schuller Ministries and “The Hour of Power.” She was a collaborative accompanist for several summers at the Oregon Bach Festival, and also for master classes at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Most recently she held staff accompanist positions at Orange Coast College and Vanguard University of Southern California. Now in semi-retirement, Margaret still enjoys performing and collaborating with chamber groups, choirs and soloists.
Prescott Chorale Board of Directors
Dana Wingate, President
Sandy Johnson, Vice President
Kay Wood-Houser, Secretary
John Agan, Treasurer
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