About the Chorus

The mission of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus is to enrich the community with the highest quality of live choral music, to promote fellowship and artistic growth among its singers, and to inspire a broad audience with performances spanning the diverse spectrum of music for large chorus.

"I don't know if it is a spiritual, physiological or psychological phenomenon, but I believe now more than ever that singing is a universal, built-in mechanism designed to cultivate empathy and compassion."

-Eric Whitacre

The history of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus

OSC is proud of its long tradition of choral excellence. Founded in 1946 as the Apollo Club by the Dean of the College of Music at the University of Omaha, the Chorus was incorporated as a non-profit organization in August, 1971.

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus sings music of all genres and periods. Classical or contemporary, accompanied or a cappella, towering masterpieces or international folk traditions, all styles are represented in OSC’s diverse repertoire. Performing 3 to 5 concerts in a typical season, the 90 voice ensemble is augmented or reduced to meet the needs of the selected program. Chorus members come from all walks of life and are selected annually by audition.

Throughout the years, OSC has been led by a succession of distinguished directors including the noted composer/arranger John Miller; Bruce Hangen, former artistic director of the Omaha Symphony; Craig Jessop, former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir; and Dr. Cina Crisara, former chorus master of Opera Omaha. The chorus is currently flourishing under the baton of talented artistic director and conductor Dr. Greg Zielke, Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Grace University.

Noted for its rich sound, the Omaha Symphonic Chorus has been a frequent guest of other area music ensembles including the Omaha Symphony, the United States Air Force Heartland of America Band, and the Lincoln Symphony Orchestra. OSC is especially proud of its many appearances with the Omaha Symphony. The Chorus has sung in the Symphony’s Chamber Music, Pops and Masterworks concerts, thrilling audiences with highly energized performances of the world’s great choral music.

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus is perhaps best known for its signature event, “Christmas at the Cathedral,” a concert that has become an annual tradition in Omaha and beyond. Accompanied by the Omaha Symphony Chamber Orchestra, the Chorus performs both classical selections and arrangements of beloved seasonal carols in the magnificent setting of Saint Cecilia Cathedral.

Artistic Staff

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Dr. Greg Zielke

Artistic Director and Conductor

Dr. Greg Zielke is Professor of Music and the Director of the Music Program......

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Jonathan Mueller

Assistant Conductor

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Stacie Haneline


A versatile pianist, Stacie Haneline maintains an active recital career......

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Dave Gardner


Dave Gardner’s music, ranging from choral to larger orchestral works......


We hope you will join us at our performances as we seek to inspire and uplift through the choral art. In order to purchase tickets, you can:

  • speak to any Omaha Symphonic Chorus member to buy tickets in-person in advance of the concert,
  • call (531) 600-8889 to purchase tickets over the phone to be picked up at will-call,
  • purchase tickets online for this season’s concerts by clicking on the purchase buttons below, or
  • purchase tickets at the door.
Fall Concert Friday, Oct 26, 2018, 7:30PM
Past performance
Christmas at the Cathedral Friday, Nov 30, 2018, 8:00PM
Sunday, Dec 2, 2018, 2:00PM
Past performance
That's Showbiz Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 2:00PM
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 6:00PM
Past performance
Requiem for the Living Sunday, Apr 28, 2019, 3:00PM
Past performance

2018-2019 Season

Fall Concert

Friday, Oct 26, 2018, 7:30PM

College View Church near the Union College Campus
4801 Prescott Ave
Lincoln, NE 68506

  • This is a free concert for the community.

Omaha Symphonic Chorus will join the Union College Unionaires for a fall concert at 7:30 pm on Friday, October 26, 2018 at College View Church in Lincoln.

Christmas at the Cathedral

Friday, Nov 30, 2018, 8:00PM
Sunday, Dec 2, 2018, 2:00PM

St. Cecilia Cathedral
701 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131

  • $30 - Preferred seating
  • $20 - General seating
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The Omaha Symphonic Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Greg Zielke, returns to historic and beautiful St. Cecilia Cathedral for the 23rd annual Christmas at the Cathedral. Join us as we present “The Search – the Shepherd’s Story)”; with special guests the Omaha Symphony, Nebraska Wesleyan University Concert Choir, American Midwest Ballet, Lincoln Boys Choir, and River City Ringers!

That's Showbiz

Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 2:00PM
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, 6:00PM

Salvation Army Kroc Center
2825 Y Street
Omaha, NE 68107

  • $25 - Matinee General Seating
  • $20 - Matinee Students and Seniors
  • $75 - Evening Gala with Small Plates
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Members of the Omaha Symphonic Chorus will sweep you off to New York City with tunes from A Chorus Line, Phantom of the Opera, The Producers, Spamalot and many other Broadway musicals performed by soloists, duets, quartets, and an ensemble of fifty OSC members.

The afternoon performance will be the show with general seating.

The evening performance will be the same show performed as a gala with a small plate buffet and silent and live auctions. Seating will be at tables of six.

These two performances are focused on fundraising to allow Omaha Symphonic Chorus to continue to provide the highest quality vocal music possible in the area. We welcome and appreciate our audience patronage in helping to fulfill that mission and look forward to that partnership continuing in the future.

Requiem for the Living

Joy and Sorrow: Two Sides of the Same Coin
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019, 3:00PM

First United Methodist Church
7020 Cass St
Omaha, NE 68132

  • $25 - General admission
  • $20 - Students and seniors
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The first half of the concert clearly illustrates the two sided coin with the following selections:

  • My Spirit Sang All Day - Gerald Finzi
  • How Lovely are Thy Dwelling Places from “A German Requiem” - Johannes Brahms
  • Songs of Joy (newly commissioned) - David Gardner
  • Come, Sweet Death - J.S. Bach
  • Soon ah will be Done - Spiritual - Arr. William Dawson
  • Let Thy Love be Heard - Jake Runestad
  • Dark Night of the Soul - Ola Gjeilo
  • The Storm is Passing Over - Arr. Barbara Baker

The second half of the concert will feature:

Requiem for the Living - Dan Forrest

  1. Introit - Kyrie
  2. Vanitas Vanitatum
  3. Agnus Dei
  4. Sanctus
  5. Lux Aeterna

This is a wonderful new requiem published in 2014.

Instrumentation for the concert will include violin, cello, flute, oboe, horn, harp, percussion and organ.

Support the Omaha Symphonic Chorus

The Omaha Symphonic Chorus depends on the generosity of individuals, businesses and foundations to help us bring the joy of live choral music to the Omaha Community. The costs of managing and promoting a concert season and of hiring the instrumental musicians who accompany us are significant. Your tax deductible contribution enables us to remain a healthy and vibrant organization. Please make a gift to our Annual Fund today!

Contribution levels

  • Underwriter ($5,000 and above)
  • Benefactor ($2,500 – 4,999)
  • Oratorio ($1,500 – 2,499)
  • Cantata ($1,000 – 1,499)
  • Madrigal ($500-999)
  • Canon ($250 – 499)
  • Chorale ($100 – 249)
  • Anthem ( $10-99)

Matching gifts

You may be able to double or even triple your gift to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. Many employers offer matching gift programs that will match employees’ charitable contributions. If your company is eligible, request a matching gift form from your employer (typically the human resources department), and mail the completed form to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus along with your contribution. We will handle the rest.

How to make your contribution

To support musical activities of the chorus by making a donation to our Annual Fund, please click the button and fill out the form to make a credit card donation securely processed by Square. Or, if you prefer to write a check, please mail your check to:

Omaha Symphonic Chorus
P.O. Box 24225
Omaha, NE 68124-0225

Checks should be made payable to the Omaha Symphonic Chorus. Please note “donation” on the memo line. Your contribution will be acknowledged in writing, and you will be listed as a contributor in our concert programs.

Contact the Chorus

Set up an audition, a donation, or just tell us you love us. Fill out the form below to reach the chorus.