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."
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.
Dr. Greg Zielke
Artistic Director and Conductor
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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, 7:30PM
Sunday, Dec 2, 2018, 2:00PM
St. Cecilia Cathedral
701 N 40th St
Omaha, NE 68131
- $30 - Preferred seating
- $20 - General seating
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!
There's No Business Like Show Business
Saturday, Feb 23, 2019, time TBD
- Admission TBD
A Broadway musical gala
Requiem for the Living
Sunday, Apr 28, 2019, time TBD
- $18 - General admission
- $15 - Students and seniors
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!
- 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)
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.
The Omaha Symphonic Chorus gratefully acknowledges assistance and funding from the following organizations:
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