The San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers is the official chorus of the San Antonio Symphony. The Mastersingers is a highly acclaimed, 120-voice chorus of volunteers from throughout the San Antonio area. Max Reiter, founding Music Director of the San Antonio Symphony, established the chorus in 1944 to support opera productions presented by the Symphony. Today’s Mastersingers are featured in every area of the Symphony’s performance schedule. The chorus also presents independent performances. Dr. John Silantien is the director.
The Mastersingers’ reputation for meticulous preparation and professionalism has brought the group frequent invitations for tours and guest appearances. In 1994, the Mastersingers traveled to Carnegie Hall to present the New York premiere of Robert Levin’s edition of the Mozart Requiem. This second appearance of the chorus at Carnegie Hall received the same critical acclaim as their performances throughout Texas, in Monterrey, Mexico, in New York’s Avery Fisher Hall, and in the Royal Festival Hall, London. In May 2008, the chorus performed Mozart’s Solemn Vespers at Carnegie Hall, John Silantien conducting. Later that same year, they were invited to perform a concert version of Cavalleria Rusticana, with Andrea Bocelli in the starring role. The chorus has performed under some of the world’s leading music directors—Zdenek Macal, Jahja Ling, Sixten Ehrling, Nicholas McGegan, Christopher Hogwood, and others.
The Mastersingers have produced two recordings in their history. Their first, a 1978 release on the Telarc label, is an acclaimed album of choral works including Verdi’s “Ave Maria,” John Corigliano’s “Psalm 90,” and a set of six previously unrecorded works by Hugo Wolf. In 1987 the Symphony and Mastersingers released Christmas Festival, an album of holiday music, with James Sedares conducting.
In 1994, then San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff proclaimed the Mastersingers “one of the crown jewels within the San Antonio Arts community.” The chorus continues to delight audiences during its upcoming sixty-fifth season.
If you are interested in auditioning for our Chorus, please visit samastersingers.org