Historical Timeline Of The Arlington Master Chorale
1973—The Arlington Civic Chorus was founded by music minister Michael Kemp and members of First Presbyterian Church in Arlington. ACC performed Giuseppe Verdi’s Requiem with the Fort Worth Symphony and again with the Dallas Symphony during Kemp’s tenure as director.
1984—Dr. David Keith of the Southwestern Baptist Seminary in Fort Worth became the director. One highlight during this time was a concert directed by guest choral director and African American spiritual composer, Jester Hairston.
1986—ACC changed its name to Arlington Choral Society of Texas.
1990—Jing Ling-Tam, professor of music at the University of Texas at Arlington, was hired as ACS director. The chorus performed the Verdi Requiem in Monterrey, Mexico, at the Alfonso Reyes Festival under her direction.
1992—ACS joined singers from Europe and America at the Stephaniensaal in Graz, Austria, for J.S. Bach’s Magnificat.
1996—Henry (Hal) Gibbons, associate professor of choral studies at the University of North Texas in Denton, became ACS director. As the founder of the Denton Bach Society (DBS), Gibbons developed several collaborative ACS/DBS concerts, including a professional recording of Orff’s Carmina Burana at the Winspear Performing Arts Center on the UNT campus.
2001—ACS journeyed to Italy, presenting a concert in the Duomo, a landmark cathedral in Florence, and honored to be the first American chorale permitted to sing in Assisi at the Upper Basilica of the Basilica de St. Francis, debuting a unique and beautiful setting of the St. Francis Prayer, Lord, Make Me an Instrument.
2004—Randy Jordan was welcomed as director.
2005—The Arlington Master Chorale became the new name for this distinguished organization to better represent the level of professionalism this venerable community choir has achieved.
2007—AMC performed a 25-minute stand-alone program at Carnegie Hall in New York City and then joined other choirs in Mozart’s Mass in C Minor. Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony was performed with the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.
2009—AMC joined singers from UTA, Martin and Lamar High Schools and the All-City Boys and Girls Choir for performances of Carmina Burana and Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms at the Meyerson Symphony Center in Dallas and Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington.
2011—AMC and Region V High School Honor Singers returned to the Meyerson in Dallas and Trinity for performances of Brass, Wood and Steel, a program designed by Jordan which demonstrated AMC’s versatility, artistic range, power and prowess.
2012—AMC toured Italy and sang at St. Peter’s Basilica, in Florence at the St. Stefan Concert Hall and in the venerable Basilica de San Marco in Venice.
2013—AMC celebrated its 40th Anniversary as a chorale at its Spring Concert and joined other choirs to sing at Van Cliburn’s funeral. AMC performed Orff’s Carmina Burana with Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra at Bass Performance Hall.
2014—The chorus sang in concert with the Arlington Community Band and in a live performance on WRR radio Christmas show. AMC performed the Star Spangled Banner and the Canadian National Anthem at second base before a Texas Rangers game at Globe Life Park.
2015—AMC toured Germany, Austria and Hungary, singing at various churches and cathedrals.
2016—AMC performed “Evolution of the African American Spiritual,” featuring the works of revered American composers Jester Hairston and Moses Hogan, in DeSoto, Texas, under a special grant by the DeSoto Arts Commission.
2017—AMC celebrated its 45th concert season by performing International Folk Songs from Scotland, Estonia, Africa, New Zealand, South Africa, America, Spain, Haiti, and France. The Arlington High School Colt Chorale was AMC’s guest choir for the evening singing four selections. AMC performed Handel’s Messiah for Christmas featuring the Chorale with soloists and orchestra. The final season highlight in the spring was the performance of multiple compositions by Z. Randall Stroope, which included a powerful commissioned work, Carmina Pax, an extended choral work in seven movements. The 2017-18 season proved to be AMC’s most successful as attendance numbers exceeded expectations.