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Houston Choral Showcase (Director, Jen Young) is the longest performing mixed community choir in the Houston area, originally formed in 1932. The group performs choral arrangements in a variety of popular styles such as pop, jazz, swing, gospel, and Broadway. Not prepared to let students have all the fun, this is the only show choir for adults in Houston, and one of only two such groups in Texas (the other is Austin’s River City Pops). Choral singing is combined with choreographed movement, staging, and distinctive costumes and props. Houston Choral Showcase strives with every performance to deliver a fun show that is entertaining on many levels, and sometimes it is hard to tell whether the audience or singers have more enjoyment. Each season the choir presents a new selection of songs that is varied in style and pace — you may encounter spirited dance music, moving ballads, new songs, old songs done new ways, and hopefully have a few laughs along the way. Take a look at songs performed in recent seasons.
Just as comfortable at a small dinner for retirees or in front of a hundred thousand lively revelers at a major holiday event, Houston Choral Showcase performs in a wide variety of settings. They have sung at public and private events all over the Greater Houston area (and occasionally beyond), appeared as Barry Manilow’s back-up choir on his “One Last Time!” tour, and even appeared, albeit briefly, on the “America’s Got Talent” TV show.
United by their love of music and performing, the volunteer singers of Houston Choral Showcase are an interesting and diverse mix of people from a multitude of backgrounds and professions. There are teachers, lawyers, technicians, Realtors, bankers, and business owners, to name a few, and ages to span multiple generations. Many of them also participate in other musical endeavors, such as choirs, bands, and musical theater.
Houston Choral Showcase has been entertaining area audiences for over 80 years. Visit the History page for more photos and the tale of how they came to be.