About FPO Chorus
Assistant Chorus Director
"Much of the world's finest music was written for symphony orchestra and chorus," said James Judd, former Music Director of the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra. "I believe that the Florida Philharmonic should have an equally great choral force."
The Florida Philharmonic Chorus was established in 1988. With Paul Eisenhart as the Founding Director, the chorus was formed to support the Orchestra in performance of major symphonic works. Since 1988, the chorus has become a major component of the orchestra's annual performance schedule. Over 150 professional-calibre auditioned singers rehearse weekly in Fort Lauderdale.
The chorus has performed regularly with the Florida Philharmonic Orchestra in such masterworks as Verdi's Requiem, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Handel's Messiah, and Orff's Carmina Burana. For the past four summers, the chorus has earned critical acclaim with performances of the Choral Fantasy, Symphony No. 9, and Mass in C for the Philharmonic's annual summer music festival, Beethoven by the Beach. In addition to masterwork performances, the chorus has a smaller chamber ensemble, which performs throughout the tri-county area.
The chorus is directed by Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Jeffri Bantz. Both Dr. Scheibe and Mr. Bantz were appointed to their respective positions in 2000 following the death of Founding Director Paul Eisenhart.
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