It was in the midst of a torrential downpour and a church festival across the street from the Presbyterian Chapel that the Choral Society presented its first performance on Tuesday, October 16, 1888. The program, well received by the community, included several well-known choruses including The Heavens are Telling from Haydn's Creation. Several pieces were presented by guest soloists Miss Flora Williams from Martin's Ferry, Ohio and Mr. W.B. Meeks of Huntington, WV. Most significantly for our community, it was the first time that voices from all parts of our area were brought together to perform beautiful choral music.
After a several year hiatus, the Choral Society experienced a renaissance in 1966 when Edward Sprague served as the conductor of the Choral Society. In 1967, the group officially became a non-profit, tax-exempt organization directed by a nine-member board of governors.
The Choral Society is made up of people of all walks of life. They reside all over the Mid-Ohio valley. The members share one key value. They all love to participate in the live performance of quality choral music.
Although the majority of our repertoire is of the "classical" genre, we balance our repertoire to include the music of Broadway and popular music. It is our goal to enjoy all kinds of music, believing that fine music is not restricted to any time or genre, but cuts across those boundaries. Good music deserves our best effort and the Parkersburg Choral Society has dedicated the efforts of its members to presenting the very highest quality performances possible. We hope that you will consider joining us as a member or part of our audience as we work to uphold the longstanding traditions that have been with us since 1888.