On behalf of the Board of Directors, it gives me great pleasure to introduce Vienna Choral Society’s new artistic director – Mike Horanski.
When we announced our search for a new artistic director in the spring, the response was overwhelming and swift. Impressive as Mike’s resume and depth of experience looked on paper, he was even better at the full choir audition. He brought thoughtfulness and agility to the room. He established rapport quickly, showing us he could adapt on a dime. Plus he made us laugh. Always a bonus! Unsurprisingly, Mike was the Board’s unanimous choice.
Over the years, VCS has carved out a distinctive niche of creative programming. We’re the excellent non-audition choir that welcomes singers of all levels and attracts audiences of all ages. We cherish our local roots but now attract region-wide performance partnerships that range from local elementary school choirs to major organizations like the National Weather Service and the American Red Cross. And we go well beyond our unique concerts such as Text and Sound to plan and pull off a hugely successful, creatively staged classic like Carmina Burana. Every VCS concert tells a story, marries art with real life in Concerts for a Cause and – hopefully – leaves you as refreshed and inspired as we feel when the show’s over.
Mike gets all of that. In fact, the first thing Jennifer Rodgers, our beloved former artistic director said about Mike’s arrival was, “VCS is in good hands.”
We cannot wait to see what VCS’ next chapter will be with Mike, starting next month. And we cannot wait to sing again for you under his artistic leadership.
Stay tuned for details on our 2016-17 season!