About the St. Louis Symphony Chorus

The St. Louis Symphony Chorus, under the direction of Amy Kaiser,  is an integral part of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. Founded in 1976 by music director Jerzy Semkow and its first director, Thomas Peck, the chorus quickly became one of the finest orchestral choruses in the country. Chorus members come from all walks of life and all parts of the St. Louis region. With 120 singers, the chorus performs on SLSO subscription, holiday and Live at Powell Hall concerts. The chorus rehearses on Tuesday nights and auditions are held periodically throughout the season.

...the singers in Amy Kaiser's chorus sounded as excellent as always and were apparently completely unfazed by the sometimes breakneck tempos. Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX, February, 2020

Amy Kaiser's chorus never fails to elicit admiration on my part. They invariably sing with a gratifying power and precision. Every bit of the text came through clearly Sunday afternoon, as did the many polyphonic passages.  Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX, December, 2018

There was magnificent work from the musicians of Amy Kaiser’s well-trained chorus; they sang with a fine blend, accuracy and scrupulously clean runs, unfazed by Halls’ occasionally breakneck tempos. Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, December 2018

"The St. Louis Symphony Chorus is extraordinary. Amy Kaiser has been preparing this inspiring collection of vocal artists for 20 years. Of all my good fortunes in my 10 seasons in St. Louis, one of the most notable has been with this dedicated chorus, and the woman who so tirelessly and artfully leads them.”    David Robertson, 2014

Amy Kaiser's chorus outdid itself, singing powerfully, accurately and with meaning. Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, February 25, 2017

The St. Louis Symphony Chorus brought filmy subtlety to the hovering vocal mist of the third section, “Sirènes.”  Zachary Woolfe, The New York Times, March 22, 2015

[in excerpts from Wagner Parsifal]  Amy Kaiser’s chorus, deployed in the balconies and offstage, sounded celestial.  [Beethoven Symphony No. 9]  The St. Louis Symphony Chorus’…clean, full-throated singing was unconquered by Beethoven’s killer tessituras, the capstone on a terrific performance. Sarah Bryan Miller, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, October 11, 2015

If Mr. Stenz had held out the chorus’s ‘vor Gott’ in the final movement much longer, some of his singers might have turned blue.  But Amy Kaiser’s chorus was more than up to the challenge, turning in yet another splendid performance. Chuck Lavazzi, KDHX, October 10, 2015

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The St. Louis Symphony Chorus is underwritten in part by the Edward Chase Garvey Memorial Foundation

Director & Staff

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Symphony Chorus Auditions

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Carnegie Hall November, 2013

Carnegie Hall 2013

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Chorus History

Symphony Chorus 1978

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