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
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 Dodsley Walker.
We hope you can join us for one or more concerts during this, our Ninetieth Season