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The Galveston Art League recently recognized the Galveston College Community Chorale as one of its

2018 honorees at “An Evening of Art and Music,” the league’s fifth annual gala.

“It is well recognized that the Galveston College Community Chorale has made significant contributions

to the arts in Galveston,” said 2018 Gala Chair Aubrey Garcia in honoring the choristers, who performed

for the audience via video.

“I am very proud of both the present and past members of the Galveston College Community Chorale

who have given of their time and energy in providing the best in choral music to our community,” said

Michael Gilbert, who serves as director of the chorale.

Nationally acclaimed concert organist Ron Wyatt accompanies the group.

“It has been my pleasure to accompany the chorale under the leadership of five different conductors,

each with their unique talents,” said Wyatt. “The music during this time has gone all the way from Bach

to the Beatles and from Brahms to Broadway. What a dramatic musical experience. Who knows what’s


The Galveston College Community Chorale was established in 1972 by Dr. Larry Patton, who directed

the chorale for 27 years. The chorale was part of the newly formed music department at Galveston College

to allow interested individuals the opportunity to participate in a performing organization.

The first year of the chorale had approximately 40 singers. During the 2017-18 academic year, the chorale

averaged 65 singers.

“Our audiences are a representation of the city of Galveston,” said Gilbert. “Many family members and

friends of the chorale attend our concerts as well as other choral music lovers from the community and

surrounding area.”

The chorale performs all styles of music, both sacred and secular, from the Renaissance period of music,

to Handle’s “Messiah,” Schubert’s “Mass in G,” madrigals, operatic choruses, American folk music,

spirituals and the music of Broadway.

Music by contemporary composers such as John Rutter, Robert Shaw, Daniel Pinkham, Randall

Thompson and Texas resident Dan Forrest have also been performed by the chorale.

The chorale is a non-auditioned organization supported by Galveston College and is part of the Continuing

Education department’s curriculum. It is

open to all individuals who enjoy singing and performing.

“Our goal is to offer to members of the chorale

an educational opportunity to experience quality

music and to perform music at the highest level,”

Gilbert said.

Now in its 104th year, the Galveston Art League

is dedicated to expanding opportunities to foster

an understanding and love for art.

Funds raised from events such as the gala

are earmarked to enrich the lives of children and

adults by providing a gallery for the exhibition of

artwork and conducting educational programs

that promote art and its appreciation

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