The Mastersingers' mission is to provide the community with life-enriching experiences through choral performances that engage the audience, challenge the singers, raise funds for worthy charities, and provide inspirational, educational, and moving musical opportunities for concert-goers.
The San Antonio Mastersingers has been the official chorus of the San Antonio Symphony for 79 years. Currently under the direction of Dr. Yoojin Muhn, the chorus is the first symphony chorus to be created in Texas, formed in 1944.
The San Antonio Mastersingers is a highly acclaimed, 120-voice chorus of volunteers from throughout the San Antonio area and is featured in select Philharmonic performances as well as several independent performances to benefit various charitable causes such as local breast cancer research organizations, the Alzheimer's Association, the Memorial Holocaust Museum and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Little Flower. Every December, the Mastersingers continues the community's tradition of enjoying Handel's Messiah which is also re-broadcast on KPAC, 88.3 FM, on Christmas Eve.
The Mastersingers have a reputation for meticulous preparation and professionalism that has brought the group frequent invitations for tours and guest appearances nationally and internationally. Through the years, the Mastersingers have performed in Carnegie Hall five times, in the Vatican in Rome, at High Mass at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, at the American Cemetery in Normandy and many other distinguished venues. Guest appearances have included performances with notables Beverly Sills and Andrea Bocelli in starring roles.
In 1994 at the 50th anniversary of the chorus, then San Antonio Mayor Nelson Wolff proclaimed the Mastersingers “one of the crown jewels within the San Antonio Arts community.” Mayor Ron Nirenberg presented the chorus with a congratulatory proclamation in celebration of the 75th anniversary at the 2019-2020 Symphony season opening event, Mahler's Resurrection Symphony No. 2, which also celebrated the grand opening of the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts five years prior.
Shaun McChesney - Board Chair
John Costello - Vice Chair
Lindsey Vande Hay - Secretary
Joy Schwarz - Treasurer
Chancey Blackburn - Immed. Past Chair
Steve Rogers - Legal Review
Marguerite McCormick - Concert Coordinator
Yoojin Muhn - Music Director
Isaac Chavez - Chorus Manager
Mary Lauder - Accompanist
Board of Directors
Susan Cone Kilgore