Hill Country Chorale, Kerrville, Texas

Singers and Performers

Sing with the Chorale

Interested in singing with us? Auditions are not required; only choral music experience and a sincere commitment to attend rehearsals each Monday evening from 6:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. in the choir room at First Presbyterian Church, Kerrville. The only cost involved in joining the Chorale is a $30 membership fee. Due to the amount of material that must be learned for performances, new singers are normally only accepted in the fall and in January.

Our concert season runs from September through May. We usually present three concerts and sometimes perform at other community events as time permits.

For more information about the Hill Country Chorale, please contact artistic director Claire Rabson, phone: 830-792-7262, email: cdrabson@yahoo.com.

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CLAIRE RABSON, Artistic Director for HCVAS and conductor of the Hill Country Chorale since 2004, received her Music degree from Texas A&I University in Corpus Christi. She attended on scholarship and graduated cum laude. Professionally, she has directed church choirs in Corpus Christi, Denver, and the Texas Hill Country since she was 19. Claire sang soprano with the San Antonio Symphony Master Singers for ten years, sings with Canto Chamber Choir in Fredericksburg, and is the choir director at Gaddis Church in Comfort. She is a member of the Texas Choral Directors Association.

Past President of the Board Dr. Robert Holloway has said, "Claire brings many gifts to the organization---she has great choral sense and knows how to achieve a good choral sound. She is especially skillful at diction and phrasing, is considerate and graceful, all the while aiming for the highest caliber performance."

Claire sings soprano with the San Antonio Master Singers and is also a member of the Canto Chamber Choir, Fredericksburg. She and husband David reside in Ingram.

Claire Rabson

ACCOMPANIST: Dr. Susan Soderstrom Matteson

SUSAN S. MATTESON, DMA, has made the study, practice and performance of classical music a life-long pursuit. Trained primarily as a keyboard artist, Dr. Matteson specializes in the performance of classical organ music. She has also accompanied extensively on piano, organ and harpsichord, regularly accompanying singers and instrumentalists of all ages and abilities, with a special interest in choral ensembles. In addition to these pursuits, she is an accomplished flutist and has taught performance and other music-related subjects in a variety of learning environments. Dr. Matteson has performance degrees from Indiana University, Rice University and the Eastman School of Music.



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