In 1935, two years after founding the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra and realizing how much choral music would enhance the Orchestra’s concert programming, Dr. Paul Katz founded the original, all-volunteer Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus (DPOC). The work of Charles Wendelken-Wilson, the Dayton Philharmonic’s second Music Director, brought about the DPOC’s reorganization as an even more vital part of the Orchestra. Former directors of the DPOC include Clark Haines and Jeffrey Powell. In 1996, the DPOC appointed Dr. Hank Dahlman as its fourth director. The Chorus Manager is Amy Vaubel, the Assistant Director is Christina Smith and the Chorus Accompanist is Amanda Roberts.
The Choruses of the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra include:
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chorus
DPOC members are selected singers from throughout the Miami Valley and beyond. Currently the 120-plus chorus members join the Orchestra in concert several times each season to perform some of the most challenging and beautiful choral-orchestral music in the Western tradition. Recent repertoire included the Beethoven 9th Symphony, Mahler 2nd Symphony, Rossini Stabat Mater, Schubert Mass in A♭, Orff Carmina Burana, Mozart Requiem, Britten War Requiem, Berlioz La Damnation de Faust, Bach St. Matthew Passion, and Haydn Creation. In 2006, the touring choir of the DPOC made its first tour of Europe. Recent New York appearances include performances at Carnegie Hall in 2008, and at Lincoln Center’s Avery Fisher Hall in 2010. The DPOC has received numerous standing ovations and outstanding reviews by the Dayton Daily News and Cincinnati Enquirer. Dayton Public Radio regularly airs concerts featuring the DPOC. Dr. Hank Dahlman conducts the DPOC in rehearsal, and occasionally in concert with the DPO.
The Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra Chamber Chorus (DPCC)
The DPCC was founded in 2000, and since then has established itself as one of the leading orchestral chamber choirs in the Midwest. The 48-voice ensemble is highly select, and performs several times each season, including an annual presentation of Handel’s Messiah. Recent repertoire includes Bach’s Cantata 80 Ein feste Burg (with the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company), Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. Dr. Hank Dahlman conducts the DPCC in rehearsal, and periodically in concert.
The Dayton Philharmonic Festival Chorus (DPFC)
The DPFC was founded in 2001 as the training choir of the Dayton Philharmonic. The DPFC performs in lighter concerts during the holiday and summer seasons, such as the annual Troy Mayor’s Concert with the Dayton Philharmonic Band, and Hometown Holiday Pops. The DPFC’s is directed by DPOC Chorus Manager Amy Vaubel.