The inaugural concert is held in Wise Auditorium at Tyler Junior College.
Richard Herr begins a 29-year tenure as artistic director, during which time he establishes the Chorale as the premier choral ensemble in the community. Presenting such venerated repertoire as Handel’s Messiah and Haydn’s Creation, the Chorale’s membership garners a reputation as a rigorous arts organization.
Frode Gundersen is named to replace Mr. Herr at his retirement. The Chorale transitions to a chamber model; the name is changed to Tyler Chamber Chorale, and its singers are limited to 32, 8 to a section.
Donald W. Duncan is appointed artistic director and, under his leadership, the Chorale begins a new era of increasing community involvement. Special joint concerts, such as the Patriotic Concert, and events free and open to the public, such as the annual Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, strengthen ties with other Tyler choral groups and the community at large.
The Board of Directors votes to return to the “Civic Chorale” nomenclature and lifts the membership restriction. Since that time, the Chorale’s auditioned membership has fluctuated between 35 and 50.
A delegation of Chorale members joins forces with other Tyler-area choristers to take a choir to England and Scotland, where they participate in choral residencies at Ripon Cathedral and St. Mary's Cathedral, Edinburgh, exploring and reflecting on their vocal practice in the venerated churches where modern choral history was born.
The Tyler Civic Chorale celebrates its fiftieth season, half a century of fine choral music and fellowship. Weston Jennings is named artistic and executive director.
HMS Pinafore by Gilbert and Sullivan marks the Chorale’s first fully-staged operetta with two performances to capacity audiences at the Pollard Theater Center in late February.