Starting in 1932 as a program with the Houston Parks Department, the group was first named the Houston Community Chorus. Thanks to the oral history of Mr. Leonard Wilkins, “resident historian” and long-time Parks Department employee, we know that in the early years of Houston Community Chorus, the group was “adopted” by a wonderful lady named Cora Lee Gregory Wood, a part-time Parks Department employee who served as liaison for many years between the Chorus and the Parks Department until her retirement in 1980. We honor her support and dedication.
In the early 1980s there was a name change from Houston Community Chorus to the Greater Houston Chorus. It was also during this time period that the group ceased to be a program with the Parks Department and became an independent nonprofit group with incorporation in 1988. The name change to Houston Choral Showcase occurred in 1997.
Throughout our history, whatever the name, we have enjoyed performing for Houston audiences that have varied from the general public to visiting royalty. Possibly our most renowned performances have been for the Queen of England, the Republican National Convention, and a local taping of “America’s Got Talent”.
We thank and appreciate our Director, Diane Benson, who has been leading us since 1987. We continue to be inspired by her vision, creativity, energy and dedication. Our thanks go also to previous directors and accompanists.
To all who have been chorus members throughout the years, we build on your heritage as we continue to offer the beauty of song to the city of Houston and beyond. Let the sparkling entertainment continue!