Canterbury Choral Society

Performing since 1952



The upcoming concert, Samson, by George Frideric Handel, will be performed Sunday, March 1 at 4pm at the Church of the Heavenly Rest.  This performance is dedicated to the memory of our beloved founder and conductor Charles Dodsley Walker.

A memorial service to honor and celebrate his life will be held on Saturday afternoon, March 21 at 3:00 pm at The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue and 90th Street, New York, NY.  A reception will follow in the church.

All are welcome.




Performance Season

March 1, 2015 -- George Frideric Handel: Samson 

Conducted by Jonathan DeVries, this exciting oratorio is often considered to be on of Handel's best dramatic offerings. Soloists include tenor Darren Anderson as Samson. Tickets available through Smarttix beginning February 1, 2015 --click here.

May 17, 2015 -- Franz Schubert's Mass in E Flat and Ludwig van Beethoven's Choral Fantasy in C minor for Piano, Orchestra and Chorus, Op. 80

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Spotlight: Charles Dodsley Walker

Charles Dodsley Walker (1920-2015) is the founder of Canterbury Choral Society.  His accomplishments and accolades would fill a book, from his 38-year tenure as organist/choirmaster of the Church of the Heavenly Rest to his faculty appointments at faculties of the Union Theological Seminary School of Sacred Music, New York University, the Manhattan School of Music, and the Chapin School, and his 35 years as music director of the Blue Hill Troupe.

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Welcome New Voices!

Canterbury is always interested in adding new voices.  Previous choral experience  and an audition are required. The audition will include vocal exercises for range, a brief sight-reading piece, and a prepared piece— anything which demonstrates the singer's vocal quality, diction skill, and musicality.  Rehearsals are open to prospective singers, and  are held September-May on Monday evenings at the Church of the Heavenly Rest, Fifth Avenue at 2 East 90th Street, New York, NY from 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm.

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