Fairfax Choral Society Resume

      When several members of the Fairfax Music Guild decided in the fall of 1962 that it might be a good idea to form a chorus to perform Handel's Messiah, no one anticipated that the small ensemble would grow into one of the finest and most respected choral music organizations in the Washington, D.C., area.

The FCS is now a major choral association that offers a wide range of opportunities for singers to perform choral masterworks, provides music and voice education for youth choristers, presents premiere performances of choral works, and regularly performs in such venues as the George Mason University Center for the Performing Arts and the Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria Campus. Recent performances have included guest conductors Craig Jessop, former conductor of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and Sir David Wilcocks.

The Future

FCS Artistic Director, Doug Mears, has great visions for the future of FCS. "It's important that we not rest on our laurels," he says. "We have proved that we can perform even the most difficult choral works at the highest level of musical proficiency. We have proved that we can be a professionally managed organization. Now we must make sure that we continue growing and advancing our musical program. At 48, we are approaching middle age. That can be the best time of life for growth and development."

Mears includes among his goals for FCS introduction of guest conductors to provide more wide-ranging experiences for singers, initiation of a competition for composers of choral music, expansion of the size of the chorus, addition of more focused administrative positions, and inclusion of regular tours outside of the United States.

If, as Mears says, middle age can be the most fruitful time of life, then surely for FCS the best is yet to come.

Contact the Fairfax Choral Society at office@fairfaxchoralsociety.org for more information.

Updated:  April 7, 2010

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