THE LONG ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY is proud of its unique existence
as the oldest continuously performing musical group on Long Island. It was
founded in 1929 by Dr. Maurice Garabrant who was the organist at the
Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Norman Hollett and Robert
Kennedy, both organists at the Cathedral, were subsequent conductors. In 1979,
Meredith Elaine Baker became the fourth conductor when the Choral Society
became independent of the Cathedral. For the 84th, 85th and 86th Seasons we
presented two of our four concerts in the Concert Hall at the Adelphi University
Performing Arts Center. This Season we are moving to a new venue, the
beautiful Chapel at St. Anthonyís High School in Huntington for our November
performance of Haydnís Creation and our annual December performance of
Messiah, Part I. Our March concert, for which the content has not yet been
decided, will either be at St. Anthonyís or at St. William the Abbot R.C. Church
in Seaford. The Spring Concert venue in May has also not been decided, so
please check our website frequently for updates. A map to St. Anthonyís is
included. Parking and entrance are in the rear of the school.
The Long Island Choral Society has a reputation for singing the finest works of
choral music in performances of the highest caliber with professional soloists
and orchestras. This fine all-volunteer choir is comprised of more than fifty
singers, both amateur and professional, who come from more than forty
communities in the Metropolitan area. Among singers of note who have
performed with the Long Island Choral Society in the past are John Charles
Thomas, Robert Merrill, Gladys Swarthout, Ray deVoll, Betsy Norden, Muriel
Costa-Greenspon, and more recently Gary Glaze, Gregory Mercer and Patrick
Since 1929, the Long Island Choral Society has presented premiere
performances of music by Honegger, Langlais, Britten, Bernstein, and Stravinsky.
They also performed in the movie This is Cinerama. In 1985 and 1986, the
Long Island Choral Society sang with the U.S. Military Academy Band at West
Point in their 1812 Overture Concert on Labor Day Weekend, the first nonmilitary
group to do so. The Choral Society was privileged to sing at Federal
Hall in New York City during the celebration of the Bicentennial of the U.S.
Constitution in 1987.
For the 60th Anniversary Season in 1989, the Long Island Choral Society
performed Verdiís Requiem for a standing room only audience at the Cathedral.
In 1998, they again performed Verdiís Requiem, but this time it was for their
debut in Carnegie Hall with MidAmerica Productions. Verdiís Requiem
returned in 2009 as they celebrated their Eightieth Anniversary. They have
appeared at Carnegie Hall several times including in performances of Mahlerís
Eighth Symphony on November 9, 2007 and January 14, 2013 with the
Canterbury Choral Society of New York conducted by one of Meredith Bakerís
mentors, Charles Dodsley Walker.
In July 1990, the Long Island Choral Society traveled to Italy for its first foreign
concert tour. In July 1992, an ensemble toured Holland, France, and Germany,
singing a total of six concerts in thirteen days.
The Seventy-sixth Season was very special with our first performance of Bachís
Mass in B minor since 1990 and the establishment of the Endowment Fund.
Bachís Mass in B minor returned last Season on March 14, 2015 at the Adelphi
University Performing Arts Center.