The San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers is the official chorus of the San Antonio Symphony, under the direction of Dr. John Silantien. The chorus is the first symphony chorus to be created in Texas, formed in 1944, and the 2021-2022 season marks its 77th anniversary of performances by the Mastersingers with the Symphony.
The San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers is a highly acclaimed, 120-voice chorus of volunteers from throughout the San Antonio area and is featured in Symphony performances as well as several independent performances to benefit various charitable causes such as local breast cancer research organizations, the Alzheimer’s Association, the Memorial Holocaust Museum and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. Every December, the Mastersingers continues the tradition of performing Handel’s Messiah, which is also re-broadcast on Christmas Eve on radio station KPAC, 88.3 FM.
The Mastersingers have a reputation for meticulous preparation and professionalism that has brought the group frequent invitations for tours and guest appearances nationally and internationally. Through the years, the Mastersingers have performed in Carnegie Hall four times, in the Vatican in Rome, at High Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, at the American Cemetery in Normandy and many other prestigious venues.
In 1994 at the 50th anniversary of the chorus, then San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff proclaimed the Mastersingers “one of the crown jewels within the San Antonio Arts community.” At the 2019-20 Symphony season-opening concert, Mayor Ron Nirenberg presented the chorus with a congratulatory proclamation in celebration of its 75th anniversary. The program featured the chorus in Mahler’s “Resurrection” Symphony No. 2. The event also celebrated the fifth anniversary of the grand opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts.
This performance is from 7:30 pm – 9 pm on June 14th