The Mineola Choral Society of Long Island, New York was formed in 1947 as a part of an adult education program at Mineola High School and presented its first concert in 1948. Soon, MCS became an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to the performance of choral music.
Consisting of 65 amateur singers from many professions and walks of life, the choral society today is much the same as it was 69 years ago, rehearsing Monday evenings in a friendly, congenial atmosphere and performing three major concerts each season. We have performed many masterworks with professional soloists and orchestra including the music of Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, Haydn, Handel, Orff, Duruflé, Poulenc and Schubert, as well as music by Berlin, Copland, Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Webber, and many others.
At our sold-out Winter Concert this past January, the chorus, with 42-piece orchestra, organ and soloists, performed Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem, sometimes referred to as an opera in liturgical robes. From the subdued bass entrance of “Requiem aeternam” through the warning cadence of the bass drum in the “Dies Irae” and the eternal hope of the “Lux aeternam,” to the entreating “Libera me,” this concert was certainly one of our most successful. An excerpt from the "Dies Irae" is on this page. Our very successful Spring Concert opened with the music of Johannes Brahms, which included his opus 30 Lass Dich Nur Nichts Nicht Dauren (Let Nothing Ever Grieve Thee) and selections from his Liebeslieder Walzer. This was followed by O Del Mio Dolce Ardor from Christoph Willibald Gluck’s Paride ed Elena, beautifully sung by our Peter J. Haller Vocal Excellence Scholarship Winner, Felicia Villa, Senior, Mineola High School. We concluded the concert with the youthful energy and rhythmic drive of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Our 2014–2015 concert season was an overwhelming success. At the Winter Concert, the 65-voice chorus, with orchestra, organ and soloists performed Beethoven’s Mass in C major, followed by an orchestral excerpt from the Second Movement of his Ninth Symphony, and then the joyous Finale of the Ninth. The Cathedral resonated with the cry of hope for a world where “alle Menschen werden Brüder”— all men are made brothers, and Beethoven’s final 20 measures of his memorable Ninth were followed by a prolonged standing ovation from the SRO audience. Our Spring Concert, also presented to a packed church, featured the strong rhythms and distinct harmonies of Igor Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms. That was followed by a wonderful colaboration of mature and young voices for John Rutter's Mass of the Children. A 20-voice children’s choir from the Grace Christian Academy in Merrick, and a 24-voice senior treble choir from Mineola High School joined our chorus and chamber ensemble providing a truly inspirational and memorable concert experience.
Johannes Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem was the feature of our 2014 Winter Concert and our Spring Concert included Mozart's Vesperae Solennes De Confessore in the first half of the performance, and the music of Samuel Barber, Aaran Copland and Randall Thompson in the second.
In 2013, our Winter Concert at the Cathedral featured Haydn's Mass in D minor (Nelson Mass) and Bernstein's Chichester Psalms. At our Spring Concert, our audience responded with wholehearted enthusiasm to the joyful and celebratory music of John Rutter's Magnificat. This was followed by a selection of opera choruses, which included Mussorgsky's Coronation Scene from Boris Godunov, Verdi's Va Pensiero from Nabucco and Mascagni's Easter Hymn from Cavalleria Rusticana.
For 30 years, Mineola Choral Society has sung with the Nassau Pops Symphony Orchestra at their annual Christmas Concert. Supporting Mineola and the surrounding communities, we have also performed for civic organizations, nursing homes and hospitals, libraries and at a variety of special events.
Each year since 2001, we proudly present the Mineola Choral Society Peter J. Haller Vocal Music Excellence Award, a $1,000 scholarship, to a graduating Mineola High School student who has demonstrated talent in vocal performance and is planning to continue their musical education. The student is selected by the Music Department of Mineola High School.