Chamber Singers of Iowa City

Single-show tickets are now on sale for our December 11th concert, “A Candlelight Christmas,” at First United Methodist church.  “A Ceremony of Carols,” the stirring cantata by Benjamin Britten, will be the centerpiece.


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Mahler Performance Online

October 5 2016 - In: General

If you were among the scores of people unable to see last week’s unforgettable performance of Mahler’s Symphony No. 2 from the seats of Hancher, you can now stream the archived footage online. While we recommend treating yourself to the concert in its entirety, the breathtaking, choral-inflected finale begins around the 72-minute mark.

2016-2017 Season Announcement!

September 21 2016 - In: General

From the Director

Welcome to another groundbreaking year with the Chamber Singers of Iowa City. Much has changed since our inaugural season in 1971, but one thing that hasn’t is the region’s dedication to supporting a flourishing artistic community. We are thrilled to be a part of it and can’t wait to present our 46th season to you, our loyal audience. We have a tremendous season planned, from the sublimity of Mozart to music of our own time that uplifts and inspires the soul. I am excited to join the singers in bringing these concerts to the stage and am confident you will enjoy them immensely. Thank you for your continued support of CSIC. Through the generosity of our patrons and sponsors, we have shared our love of choral music with Iowa audiences for forty-five years. With your help, we will continue singing for at least forty-five more!

See you in the seats!

David Puderbaugh

Music Director



Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2


Wednesday, September 28, 7:30pm

Hancher Auditorium

Our season launches with the grand re-opening of the University of Iowa’s Hancher Auditorium in a performance of Mahler’s masterful ode to the afterlife. CSIC joins the UI Symphony Orchestra — and choirs from UI, Coe College, and Kirkwood Community College — in this once-in-a-lifetime musical event under the baton of William LaRue Jones.

Admission is free; this concert is not part of CSIC’s season ticket package.


A Candlelight Christmas

Sunday, December 11, 3:00pm

First United Methodist Church, 220 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City

Celebrate the promise of the upcoming holiday season through traditional carols and new favorites. This concert will feature Benjamin Britten’s beloved A Ceremony of Carols for choir and harp, new Christmas anthems by local composer Peter Blotch, and a rousing finish with Craig Courtney’s A Musicological Journey through the Twelve Days of Christmas. Share the warmth and the glow of the holiday season with CSIC.

Eternal Light

Sunday, March 5, 3:00pm

First United Methodist Church, 220 E. Jefferson Street, Iowa City

From the deep dark of winter comes our concert celebrating the transcendent, ethereal radiance of light in all its literal and figurative forms. CSIC will explore the subject through the work of some of the most beloved 20th-century composers such as Herbert Howells and Latvian superstar Ēriks Ešenvalds before finishing with Morten Lauridsen’s effervescent Lux Aeterna for choir and organ.


Sunday, May 14, 3:00pm

City High School Opstad Auditorium, 1900 Morningside Drive, Iowa City

The season comes to a rousing close with two festive works for chorus, soloists, and orchestra: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessor and Coronation Mass. The Vespers is famous for its lilting soprano solo, “Laudate Dominum,” while the Coronation Mass is widely considered one of Mozart’s finest settings of the liturgy. Both works bubble with the composer’s infectious optimism and joy in the impressive Opstad Auditorium.

A small CSIC ensemble will be performing today at the University of Iowa’s Main Library in honor of the Shakespeare First Folio exhibit.

University of Iowa Libraries is hosting the only stop in the state for “First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare,” a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio.

Countless composers have set William Shakespeare’s immortal words to music, from the Bard’s own lifetime right up to the present. This performance celebrates the music of the last four centuries with compositions that draw on texts from such works as The Tempest, As You Like It, Twelfth Night, Much Ado About Nothing, and Measure for Measure.

Members of CSIC are pleased to honor the creative body of work represented in this monumental artifact. Join us today to celebrate this special occasion!

When: 12pm, Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016

Where: The University of Iowa Main Library, 125 W. Washington St., Iowa City

Cost: FREE and open to the public!


  • February 28, 2016 – Northern Lights Fundraiser
    5:00 pm, Gala
  • May 15, 2016 – J.S. Bach: Magnificat, Ascension Oratorio
    3:00 pm, Concert
  • September 28, 2016 – Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 2 “Resurrection”
    7:30 pm, Concert
  • December 11, 2016 – A Candlelight Christmas
    3:00 pm, Concert
  • March 5, 2017 – Eternal Light
    3:00 pm, Concert
  • May 14, 2017 – Mozart!
    3:00 pm, Concert

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