Chamber Singers of Iowa City

Singer James Petersen is a guest columnist for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. His new column offers a glimpse of our first concert, Passagesa program designed to guide listeners through stages we all undergo in life, and to explore our shared experience of many important rites of passage.

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Dear friends of CSIC,

Fall rehearsals are always exciting and rejuvenating for me. We are brought together by our love of choral music and the opportunity to perform the music we rehearse for our loyal audiences. It’s an honor to witness and this year is no exception.

I’m thrilled to share two noteworthy developments. We are delighted to return to the University of Iowa’s Voxman Music Building for the first time since 2008. Our first two concerts will take place in Voxman’s Concert Hall, a state-of- the-art auditorium with dazzling acoustics. And speaking of new venues, we’ll add another to CSIC’s list – Carnegie Hall. We’ll perform Haydn’s Missa Cellensis with professional orchestra and soloists in June. We look forward to sharing a bit of Iowa City with New York audiences and promise to represent our home with our very best.

As always, thank you for your continued support of CSIC. With your help, we pledge to continue the high standard of choral excellence our audiences have grown to expect.

See you in the seats!

David Puderbaugh

Music Director


Sunday, November 12, 7:00pm
Voxman Concert Hall
93 S. Burlington St.

For centuries, music has been used to illuminate our common understanding of what it means to be human. We are born, grow through childhood to adulthood, and face our own mortality, while experiencing common rites of passage along the way. This concert will feature music exploring this journey with exquisite works such as Dale Warland’s American Child, Stephen Paulus’s The Road Home, and Vaughan Williams’s exultant Toward the Unknown Region.

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Handel & Haydn
Sunday, February 25, 3:00pm
Voxman Concert Hall
93 S. Burlington St.

Boston’s Handel & Haydn Society has been performing the music of these two venerable composers since 1815. CSIC takes a page from their book as we perform choral highlights from Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Samson, and Belshazzar, and F.J. Haydn’s Missa Cellensis, a jubilant setting that foreshadows the groundbreaking Masses he composed at the end of his life. CSIC will perform the Missa Cellensis on June 2nd in Carnegie Hall – don’t miss the opportunity to hear what we have in store for our New York audiences!

Waiting and Watching
Sunday, May 20, 3:00pm
First Presbyterian Church
Robert Demaree, guest conductor

CSIC is thrilled to welcome Robert Demaree to the podium as guest conductor for our final concert of the season. This highly diverse program features works by Mendelssohn, Holst, Whitacre, and Bizet on the interminable subject of watching and waiting.

Season tickets are on sale now (Carnegie event admission not included). 

Auditions for the 2017-2018 Chamber Singers of Iowa City season are scheduled for August 7th and 8th.

Next June, singers will have the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to finish out the season in New York’s legendary Carnegie Hall! If you’ve ever thought of auditioning, now is definitely the time. If you have friends with golden pipes, please share this on their timelines, or tag them in the comments.

Auditions take about 15 minutes. Singers are asked to demonstrate range, pitch-matching, and sight-reading; and then perform a short solo of their choosing. To arrange an audition call Barb Schanbacher at (319) 351-3998.

If you have additional questions, Please click “Contact” above to send us an email.


  • November 12, 2017 – Passages
    7:00 pm, Concert
  • February 25, 2018 – Handel & Haydn
    3:00 pm, Concert
  • May 20, 2018 – Waiting & Watching
    3:00 pm, Concert
  • May 30, 2018 – Carnegie Hall Trip
    N/A, Concert

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