Chamber Singers of Iowa City


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.

(Get tickets.)

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.

Chamber Singers of Iowa City is presenting a team trivia competition on Monday, June 12th, 2017, 6-8 pm, in partnership with North Dodge Hy-Vee and Trivia Time with Woody! Bring your best assemblage of trivia whizzes and compete for prizes! Suggested donation is $10, and a portion of food and drink proceeds will go to the choir.

View the Facebook event page to RSVP and to spread the word to your friends and family.

An Unforgettable Finale!

May 15 2017 - In: General

CSIC’s season finale has come and gone, and resounding thanks are due to all who spent a gorgeous Mother’s Day afternoon with us! We hope you enjoyed listening to these two unforgettable Mozart masses as much as we enjoyed performing them.

Let us know what you liked most. What was your favorite moment or movement? What were the highlights of the season? What would you like to see from us in the future?

As we reflect on the the successes and challenges of another exciting season, we wish to thank all of you who continue to support us with your attendance, your charitable giving, your volunteer efforts, and your advertising dollars.

We’re also grateful to all those who help us spread the word about CSIC. If you have liked, viewed, clicked, or shared our Facebook posts; if you have allowed us to display posters in your space; if you’ve told a friend, co-worker, or family member about a positive experience you’ve had with CSIC: it wouldn’t be possible to build and keep interest in our work without you.

We’ll see you all next season!


  • 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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