Dennis Houser, Artistic Director

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Dennis Houser, Artistic Director

Dennis Houser has been in professional music for over 50 years as a music educator, performer, and conductor. His experiences include conducting the Master Chorale of Yavapai College, the Pacific Chorale, and the Orange County Master Chorale, plus guest conducting throughout the United States and in other countries. Houser has been featured as guest soloist with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, Pacific Symphony, Pasadena Symphony, Pacific Chorale, William Hall Chorale, Orange County Master Chorale, plus numerous other guest artist appearances. Houser has served as guest clinician in over 200 music festivals nationwide.

    He currently is the Choirmaster of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in Prescott and is the founding and current Artistic Director of the Prescott Chorale.

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Margaret Houck, Rehearsal Accompanist

Margaret has enjoyed a 40-year career in music as a conductor, vocal coach, private teacher, and accompanist.  Conducting experiences include Minister of Music at Mesa Verde UMC in Costa Mesa, CA, and Director of the Crystal Cathedral Chorale, affiliated with Robert Schuller Ministries and “The Hour of Power.”

 

Margaret was a collaborative accompanist for several summers at the Oregon Bach Festival, and also for master classes at the Aspen Summer Music Festival. Most recently she held staff accompanist positions at Orange Coast College and Vanguard University of Southern California.  Now in semi-retirement, Margaret still enjoys performing and collaborating with chamber groups, choirs and soloists.

The mission of Prescott Chorale is to perform choral music of exceptional quality in a highly professional manner, emphasizing Masterworks which inspire, challenge, entertain, and educate our singers and our audiences.

 

Prescott Chorale presented our first season, 2014-2015 to rave reviews following stellar performance of the Maurice Duruflé Requiem accompanied by renowned organist Ty Woodward.

 

Our 2015-2016 season became more expansive with Johannes Brahms Alto Rhapsody and the Johann Adolf Hasse Messe in d minor which was re-discovered by Dr. David Wilson, teacher, scholar and conductor, Professor Emeritus from the Thornton School of Music at USC. Prescott  

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About Prescott Chorale

Chorale will reprise the Hasse Messe in d minor taking it to Berlin, Leipzig,

Dresden, Wroclaw and Prague in June 2018. Wroclaw is the birthplace of Johann Hasse.

 

The 2016-2017 season closed with a glorious weekend of Mozart masterpieces. Starting with Friday night’s concert the Chorale presented Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de confessore (K339) along with a collection of Mozart opera choruses. Friday night’s concert also featured our three Young Artist Competition winners each receiving a $1,000.00 scholarship. Saturday evening star lighted Mozart’s exquisite Requiem (K626) to a sold out audience.

To learn about our 2017-2018 season visit PERFORMANCES and discover more about each of our upcoming four concerts starting in October.

 

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