THE LONG ISLAND CHORAL SOCIETY is proud
of its unique existence as the oldest continuously
performing musical group on Long Island. It was founded
in 1929 by Dr. Maurice Garabrant who was the organist at
the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Garden City. Norman
Hollett and Robert Kennedy, both organists at the
Cathedral, were subsequent conductors. In 1979, Meredith
Elaine Baker became the fourth conductor when the Choral
Society became independent of the Cathedral.
The Long Island Choral Society has a reputation for singing
the finest works of choral music in performances of the
highest caliber with professional soloists and orchestras.
This fine all-volunteer choir is comprised of more than forty
singers, both amateur and professional, who come from
more than forty communities in the Metropolitan area.
Among singers of note who have performed with the Long
Island Choral Society in the past are John Charles Thomas,
Robert Merrill, Gladys Swarthout, Ray deVoll, Betsy
Norden, Muriel Costa-Greenspon, and more recently Gary
Glaze, Gregory Mercer and Patrick Carfizzi.
Since 1929, the Long Island Choral Society has presented
premiere performances of music by Honegger, Langlais,
Britten, Bernstein, and Stravinsky. They also performed in
the movie This is Cinerama. In 1985 and 1986, the Long
Island Choral Society sang with the U.S. Military Academy
Band at West Point in their 1812 Overture Concert on
Labor Day Weekend, the first non-military group to do so.
The Choral Society was also privileged to sing at Federal
Hall in New York City during the celebration of the
Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution in 1987.
In 1998 they made their Carnegie Hall debut in Verdiís
Requiem and they have returned there several times,
notably for two performances of Mahlerís Eighth Symphony
with the Canterbury Choral Society of New York,
conducted by one of Meredith Bakerís mentors, Charles
We hope you can join us for one or more concerts during
this, our Eighty-ninth Season.