Oratorio Society of Queens

Oratorio Society Of Queens Inc

3319 210th Street, Bayside, NY 11361
EIN: 112781564
Contact: LeeAnn Close

The mission of the Oratorio Society of Queens is to create and maintain an amateur chorus of diverse membership which, augmented by professional musicians and vocalists: offers public performances of great choral masterpieces in addition to classical instrumental works in semi-professional settings in Queens at affordable ticket prices; supports musical development and appreciation programs of local schools and colleges by providing students and novices with low cost access to performances and with opportunities to participate in choral singing. Public concerts are regularly performed each spring and winter at various locations in Queens.

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The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ) is the oldest performing cultural organization in the borough. Its inception in the Spring of 1927 preceded completion of the subway (the #7 line) in 1931 and the Triborough Bridge in 1940. Through the "Great Depression" and WWII, the chorus continued to rehearse and perform, contributing to "life as usual" in the most extraordinary of times. The founders of the organization did not think of Queens as a place to sleep when they were not working in Manhattan - but rather as a place to live. Churches, temples, elementary and secondary schools, colleges and performing arts centers were built to enhance the quality of life in the borough. Today, thousands of immigrants come to Queens because it is a vital place to live and make a life in America. Our presence as a cultural institution in this borough for over 80 years is an indication of the success with which we continue to meet the cultural needs of our fellow citizens.

Artistic Director David Close is a major reason for the success of OSQ and the devotion of its members. A joy to work with, David is an all-around splendid musician - conductor, concert pianist, organist, music director, former opera coach at Queens College, and teacher.

The chorus began as the Oratorio Society of Flushing, and was later incorporated as the Oratorio Society of Queens. Our membership spans most of New York City and Long Island. Throughout its history, OSQ has been nonsectarian and welcomes adult members of all ages, faiths and ethnic groups. The roster includes active and retired educators, lawyers, health professionals, engineers, homemakers, secretaries, writers, librarians, computer wizards, artists and students. OSQ traditionally presents a Holiday Concert featuring Part I of Handel’s "Messiah" along with a selection of holiday favorites and a Spring Concert. Our repertoire includes many classic choral compositions such as Verdi's "Requiem," Beethoven's "Ninth Symphony," Rutter's "Magnificat," Mozart's "Requiem" and Rossini's "Stabat Mater."

The Oratorio Society of Queens, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, is one of those remarkable community organizations that has survived and prospered through change and adversity and thrives with voluntary efforts of its friends, board of directors and members.

David Close, Artistic Director & Conductor

Mondays at 7:45 pm at FSG Hall, Temple Beth Sholom, Flushing, Queens. September-May.

Annual Holiday Concert featuring Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas favorites and Chanukah songs. Queensborough Performing Arts Center. David Close, conductor with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.

Annual Spring Concert featuring the great choral masterpieces and highlights of America's musical heritage including African-American Spirituals and contemporary American songs. Queensborough Performing Arts Center. David Close, conductor with the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens.

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April 1, 1986
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Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
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