Our Sanctuary Choir participates at the 11:15 AM Sunday worship service. Led by Dr. Charles Hausmann, Director of Adult Choral Music, and Kathryn White, Coordinating Music Director & Organist, the Sanctuary Choir presents hymns and inspirational choral classics both in worship services and in concerts throughout the year.
For more info contact Tracy Stidam, Worship & Music Coordinator: email@example.com or 713-490-0946
Christmas Concert | Sunday, December 6
Glad Tidings: MDPC’s Christmas Choral Concert
Two composers have become synonymous with the festive music of the Christmas season – prolific British composer, John Rutter, and American, Randol Bass. Featured in this concert will be two of their most cherished masterworks: Magnificat and Glad Tidings. These works interpret the story of Christmas through songs, carols, choruses, and narration. The music is colorfully orchestrated and dynamic.
The MDPC Sanctuary Choir, organist Kathryn White, conductor Charles Hausmann, and a professional orchestra perform. This year’s concert is earlier in the evening than previous years so families with young children can enjoy the evening together.
Sunday, December 6 | 6:00 PM | Sanctuary
The concert is free and open to the public.
For more information about the MDPC Concert Series, click here.
All Youth and Adults are Invited to Join the Choir!
Do you like to sing? Have you ever sung in a choir? Consider serving in this powerful way. The MDPC Sanctuary Choir is an outstanding ensemble of voices of all ages, backgrounds, and ability levels. When you are in a choir like this one, your voice takes on new power and you will feel it immediately. Worshipping in song is powerful in itself, but in a choral context it takes on a new dimension!
You can enjoy regular participation or sign on for limited terms, such as individual concerts or church seasons. The calendar is set a year in advance so you can decide how it best fits your schedule. Rehearsals are on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.. They are instructive sessions to coach your vocal and musical potential.
I invite you to sing this season with the Sanctuary Choir! If interested, please contact Charles Hausmann. You will be glad you did.
Adult Choral Music Director | Dr. Charles Hausmann
Dr. Charles Hausmann
As Director of Adult Choral Music at MDPC since the fall of 2006, Dr. Hausmann conducts the Sanctuary Choir for worship and special events. In addition, he supervises the choral intern program, a support ensemble and training program for young singers and conductors from area universities. The choir’s repertoire includes choral masterworks, and great anthems of the church from the 16th century to the present.
Recent performances at MDPC have included:
- Bach’s St. John Passion and Magnificat
- Beethoven’s Chirst On the Mount of Olives
- Verdi’s Stabat Mater
- Randall Thompson’s Nativity According to St. Luke
- Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna
- John Rutter’s Magnificat
- Rene Clausen’s A New Creation
- Robert Ray’s Gospel Mass
Dr. Charles Hausmann is Director of Graduate Choral Studies and Professor of Conducting at the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music where he has served since 1985. He directs the masters
and doctoral programs in choral conducting and conducts the Moores School Choral Artists, a graduate chamber choir. In addition, he collaborated in the development a new graduate degree program in
Sacred Music which will provide specialized training for musicians interested in working in the church. Choirs under his direction have performed for conventions of the Texas Music Educator’s Association, the Music Educator’s National Conference, and the American Choral Director’s Association.
Dr. Hausmann’s special interests have been in the areas of conducting pedagogy, and choral/orchestral performance. His integrated curriculum for teaching conducting at the undergraduate and graduate levels includes a six level competency based course of study. He is the author of numerous articles and papers and co-author of an anthology of choral music for schools.
As conductor of the Houston Symphony Chorus since 1986, Dr. Hausmann has prepared and conducted the Chorus for more than 500 concerts. During this time he has collaborated with many of the world’s
great conductors in presenting major choral/orchestral masterworks in Houston, Mexico and Europe. Conductors with whom he has worked include: Hans Graf, Christoph Eschenbach, Claus Peter Flor,
Sergiu Commissiona, Robert Shaw, Roger Wagner, Sir Neville Mariner, Richard Hickox, Edo DeWaart, Roberto Abbado, Lawrence Foster, John Rutter, Helmuth Rilling, Jorge Velazco, Peter Schreier, Nicolas McGegan, and many others. His extensive repertoire list includes most of the major choral/orchestral works. Dr. Hausmann has conducted many concert tours throughout the United States, Europe, and Mexico and makes frequent appearances as guest conductor and clinician. In addition, for the past 22 years he has been chorus master for the Orquesta Sinfonica de Mineria in Mexico City.
Throughout his career Dr. Hausmann has been active as a church musician having served churches in New Jersey, Colorado, Missouri, Kentucky and Texas. His special interest is in how traditional worship can be enhanced through a dynamic choral presence and in the conductor-teacher relationship with choir and congregation.
To contact Charles Hausmann:
713-953-2550 ext 137 | 713-780-3914 (f)
MDPC Sanctuary Choir Performs Carnegie Hall
On May 29, 2011, the MDPC Sanctuary Choir performed Joseph Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass in a well-attended concert at one of the finest concert halls in the world.
When Charles Hausmann was invited to conduct this piece in Carnegie, he approached the MDPC Sanctuary Choir Board and they unanimously endorsed participation. With approval by the MDPC Session, and through the generosity of funds in memory of former choir members Donna Park and Dorothy Pyles, scholarships were provided to allow everyone interested in the opportunity to travel to New York.
The five-day trip included lengthy rehearsals with other choirs performing with us from Texas, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Conducted by Dr. Hausmann and accompanied by Kathryn Sparks White, the 200 voices polished the music and began to sound as if they had been singing together for years. On the morning of the concert, the choir rehearsed with the professional orchestra, including White front-and-center on a portative organ. With outstanding leadership by Hausmann, the Carnegie Hall presentation of Haydn’s Mass was well received and everyone was overjoyed with the remarkable experience.
The Times Square location of their hotel allowed members of the group to see numerous award-winning shows, enjoy short walks to famous landmarks, shop, and dine. It was a wonderful time of fellowship and relationship building. On the final night, the group enjoyed a midnight dinner cruise along the New York harbor, and broke out in patriotic songs as the ship docked near the Statue of Liberty.
Hausmann, White, the 57 singers from MDPC, and their nearly 30 family members who traveled to New York owe a debt of gratitude to choir member Mary Gwen Hulsey for her work in negotiating the details of the trip with the New York-based production team. They also thank Tracy Curtis for standing in the city streets directing traffic for the buses, and for calming everyone while waiting in the holding tank at Carnegie prior to the big performance.
The Sanctuary Choir’s trip marks the end of an exciting season of great music in worship, a Christmas performance of Handel’s Messiah, and a concert recording for a CD and iTunes of Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass and great choral anthems. The recordings will be available this fall, when the choir returns for another exciting season of praise and fellowship.
The choir is open to all interested in singing to the glory of God. No choral experience needed!
Missa in Angustiis and Choral Classics of the Faith
MDPC’s Sanctuary Choir performing the magnificent Missa in Angustiis (Lord Nelson Mass) by Joseph
Haydn. The same mass was performed by the choir in May 2011 at Carnegie Hall.
$15 each | Contact Tracy Curtis: firstname.lastname@example.org