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St. George’s Choral Society celebrates its 190th year
by Theodore Volckhausen for Vocal Area Network
Posted January 14, 2006

Its members believe the St. George's Choral Society is the oldest still-existing choral society in Manhattan. Despite financial challenges, the choir's members and the Board of Directors of the Society are trying to keep it that way. We offer members the opportunity to explore the choral repertory while singing in historic St. George's Church (1840). Glorious music, a beautiful setting and community spirit together create a challenging and uplifting musical experience. Rehearsals take place on Wednesday evenings in the Neo-Romanesque chapel -- whose history features J.P. Morgan -- on Rutherford Place facing Stuyvesant Square.

When it was founded in February of 1817, under the name St. George's Church for the Cultivation of Sacred Music, the Society's goal was to establish a school for the training of worshippers at the church in "Vocal Sacred Music." For this purpose, members were assessed fifty cents a year. For a long time, though, the emphasis of the Society has been on the presentation of choral music -- sacred and profane -- in public concerts. And the days of fifty-cent annual dues have long passed.

Nowadays the Society presents public concerts of choral music -- both sacred and profane -