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Bel Canto Chorus
Throughout Milwaukee during the 1930s, evenings were filled with music as choral societies continued the strong singing tradition of 19th Century Germany. In 1931, one of these groups was the Festival Singers of Milwaukee. It was a small a cappella chorus that specialized in sacred music. This was the beginning of Bel Canto Chorus of Milwaukee, a choral group that has continued for more than 85 years. In 1988, current Music Director Richard Hynson began leading the group and broadened its repertoire to include not only sacred but classical and 20th Century composers. Today, Bel Canto Chorus is the finest choral arts organization in Milwaukee and is known throughout the choral music world as a preeminent vocal arts institution. Bel Canto Chorus is made up of local people with tremendous talent. Bel Canto singers come from all walks of life. Singers may be your banker, your postal worker, your children’s teacher, or the person who wrote the code for your favorite phone app.
Everyone in Bel Canto Chorus is held to high musical standards and puts in 35+ hours of rehearsal for each concert. What you hear is the result of people you know coming together to produce amazing music. Bel Canto Chorus ranks in the top ten percent of choral organizations in the country in terms of budget, longevity, and repertoire. Educational outreach includes Bel Canto Senior Singers and the Bel Canto Boy Choir. Rehearsals are held at the Milwaukee Youth Arts Center. Characterized by a heartfelt belief in the value of Bel Canto Chorus, and supported by its 100+ devoted singers, audiences, talented artistic and administrative staff, and dedicated board members, the group's passion for sharing the thrill of live, choral music has remained steadfast throughout its long, proud history.
About Richard Hynson
This is Richard Hynson’s 29th season as Music Director of Bel Canto Chorus. Since 2006, Hynson has also served as Music Director of the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra. In addition to his work as a conductor and educator, Hynson is a composer. He has written a substantial body of published choral, vocal, and ensemble works, many of which he has recorded with Bel Canto Chorus singers. The U.S. Air Force Singing Sergeants have frequently performed Hynson’s “In the Midst of Life,” composed in response to the events of September 11.
Click here to read Richard Hynson's full bio (updated 6/20/2016)
For additional information, promotional photos, or interview requests,
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Bel Canto Chorus
158 N. Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202