The Oratorio Society of Queens (OSQ), under the artistic direction of Maestro David Close, is coming together to prepare for its 90th anniversary celebration. What a thrilling time to be a member! Join OSQ as a singing member and also join them onstage and look out at a packed house and exuberant audience at the concerts! Make plans now to register for an audition! Auditions are at 6:50 p.m. on Mondays, January 9 and January 16. Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into regular rehearsals that night! OSQ rehearses every Monday evening through the season, with rehearsal starting at 7:30 p.m. until 10 p.m. in the lower level of Temple Beth Sholom at 172nd Street and Northern Blvd. in Flushing.
OSQ is a diverse group of more than 120 men and women, young and old, of varied backgrounds and differing levels of singing ability—from sight-readers to those who learn by ear. Singing with the chorus is an excellent opportunity to create beautiful music with others and meet a wide range of people. OSQ has given way to amazing lifelong friendships. The members’ experiences have been those of warm memories filled with music and wonderful individuals. They invite you to join their outstanding community!
The Oratorio Society of Queens sponsors a Student Choral Program that offers talented high school and college students the opportunity to sing and perform with OSQ.
OSQ’s Annual Spring Concert will be performed on Sunday, May 21. OSQ will be performing the iconic choral finale from the 9th Symphony by Beethoven, “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” arranged by Peter J. Wilhousky, and other Americana classics. The Annual Spring Concert is performed with a professional orchestra and soloists at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center.
Maestro David Close is the Conductor and host of this venerable Queens tradition.