Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Soloist: David Small
Composer: Aaron Copland Williams
Composer: Franz Biebl
River of Dreams
Composer: Billy Joel
Soloists: David Lopez & Lisa Alexander
Lacrymosa (World Premiere)
Composer: Peter Stopschinski
Violin Soloists: Roberto Riggio
Soloists: Kirsten Watson, Rebecca Frazier-Smith, Brad Raymond, Kelan Latimer
Behold the Star
Composer: William Dawson
Soloists: Ashley Gaar & David Lopez
Let All the World in Every Corner Sing
Composer: Ralph Vaughan Williams
Oh Llama de Amor Viva (World Premiere)
Composer: Russell Reed
Composer: John Rutter
Soloist: Brent Baldwin
History of TCC
The Texas Choral Consort (TCC) has provided singers in Central Texas from all over Central Texas and beyond with quality auditioned and non-auditioned choral performance opportunities. Today, TCC continues to provide choral music through symposiums and auditioned groups. With over a decade of registration TCC has held over 32 concert projects and three European tours.
First known as the Texas Chamber Consort, TCC was founded in 1997 by Dr. Barry Scott Williamson, who continued to serve as Artistic Directer until 2007. Arlie Langager served as Interim Artistic Director in 2007. Later that year, we were joined by Brent Baldwin, who currently holds this position. Past symposiums have featured Mozart's Requiem, Saint John Passion and Magnificat by Bach, Handel's Messiah, Faure and Durufle's Requiems, Dvorak's Stabat Mater, and various opera choruses.
In symposiums a group of non-auditioned singers are taught a major choral work. The conductor also provides lectures about the composer and the composition and within only a few weeks time creates a performance choir, as well as a memorable musical experience for both singer and audience. Symposium singers have ranged in age from 14 to 84.
Smaller auditioned choirs which perform regular fall and spring concerts were added to the Texas Choral Consort curriculum in 2001. These ensemble groups have performed at various functions and locales such as the Texas State Capitol's Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony, the Neill-Cochran House Museum, and the Villa Antonio Twilight Concert Series as well as several local weddings and other community functions.
TCC changed its name to the Texas Choral Consort in 2002, and the same year sponsored its first international tour to Ireland. Since then, TCC has performed in Germany, Austria, and Wales. Other TCC collaborations have included Maestro Peter Bay of the Austin Symphony Orchestra, the Austin Children's Choir, the Galway Choral Association, Saint Mary's Pro-Cathedral Choir of Ireland, the Llandaff Cathedral Choral Society and Welsh Sinfonia of Cardiff, Wales, and Austin composers Donald Grantham and Patricia Long.
About the Artistic Director
Brent Baldwin maintains an active musical career as a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and conductor, performing regularly throughout the United States and abroad.
A proponent of new and historic music alike, Baldwin has conducted over a dozen world premieres, including projects with the Golden Hornet Orchestra, the Barbwire Music Project and Pulitzer Prizewinning composer Shulamit Ran of Israel. He holds a master's degree in conducting from the University of Texas, where he studied with Craig Hella Johnson, and was a frequent guest assistant conductor for the Early Music Ensemble, New Music Ensemble, Longhorn Singers, Chorale and the Chamber Singers.
A native of Maine, Brent was the first prize winner for New England in the Downeast Classical Guitar Competition, and a finalist in the Music Teachers National Association national guitar competition. He has sung as a member of Conspirare and has performed as pianist for the Austin New Music Co-op. A versatile session musician and arranger, he has toured Europe as organist for roots-reggae luminaries Laurel Aitken and Doreen Schaffer, and may often be found in the Austin club scene performing with rockers Black Before Red and The Normans. Brent has directed the music program at the Leysin American School of Switzerland and has served as conductor-in-residence at the International School of Bangkok. In addition to conducting the Texas Choral Consort, Brent also directs an eclectic music program at the First Unitarian Universalist Church of Austin.
TCC Strategic Plan
In bringing TCC's special combination of excellence and fun in music to the management of the organization as a whole, we started in 2010 development of a strategic plan. The TCC board of directors wishes to thank all those who participated in what will be our next step in providing a classical choral music experience for the singers and audience of Austin.
Board of Directors and Advisors
Board of Directors
- David Cameron PhD, President
- Patrick Dixon, Vice President
- Robert Hayden, Secretary
- Marcia Loukotka, Treasurer
- Bryan D. Uecker, Past President
- Marcia Evers
- Frank Goldsmith
- Joe Loukotka
- Rose Taylor
- Tom Westrup
- Brent Baldwin, Artistic Director (ex officio)
Advisors to the Board
- Jim Hester
- Matthew Hinsley, PhD
- William Lasher, PhD
- Leigh Northcutt-Benson
- Pete Paul
- Laura Payet
- Stephanie Perkins
- Doreen Wheeler
- Hilary Young