A Note from the Artistic Director
The HHCS is celebrating 45 years as an integral part of the Lowcountry musical scene this season. We have weathered hurricanes, financial downturns, a worldwide pandemic, and now we are eagerly anticipating the joy of making music together and sharing it with our loyal audiences again.
From the start the HHCS focused on community. Originally a group of local singers got together to sing the Christmas portion of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra each December. That group grew into the Hilton Head Choral Society. Since those single-concert beginnings we have grown into an organization performing multiple concerts each season with additional participation in community events and celebrations including Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day.
The HHCS has hosted world-class vocal ensembles through our Hilton Head Choral Society Presents series including the Vienna Boys Choir, the King’s Singers, the Swingle Singers, Chanticleer, and VOCESB. On two occasions the HHCS traveled to Europe performing in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, and the Czech Republic. We have hosted a highly successful choral festival here on HHI as well as our Lowcountry Festival Chorus concerts combining civic choral groups and church choirs giving local singers an opportunity for a “large chorus” experience.
Repertoire for the HHCS has grown tremendously from the early Messiah days. Everything from major choral/orchestral works to pops, jazz, show tunes and commissioned works fill the shelves of the HHCS library. Our HHCS Chamber Singers and the HHCS Youth Choir provided opportunities for musical growth, education, and diversity.
The last 45 seasons of music making in the Lowcountry by the HHCS could only have happened through the support and dedication of our volunteers, singers, and loyal audiences. It has been my privilege and honor to be at the helm of this terrific organization for the past 20 years. This season is indeed A Season of Celebrations as we look back to our past, with the people and opportunities that have brough us to this point, and we plan for an exciting future.
I hope you’ll join us for the fun!
Tim Reynolds, Artistic Director
2021-2022 CONCERT SEASON
All concerts are at First Presbyterian Church, 540 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head
Celebrate Christmas! “The Sounds of Christmas”
MUSIC OF THE SEASON
This holiday concert celebrates the joy, the magic, the essence of the season. A musical banquet awaits you with a menu full of traditional tunes and carols from the Old Country and the New World. Join the full chorus and orchestra for this festive Island favorite. Filled to the brim with the joy and effervescence of the season. Something for the child in us all.
Celebrate 45 Seasons & Twenty with Tim
This is the 45th season of music making for the HHCS and the 20th year for Artistic Director Tim Reynolds and we plan to celebrate both in a BIG way this season. April 1, 2022 is a chance to celebrate the long history of the HHCS in our island’s musical heritage and look back at the last Twenty With Tim. The 2021-22 season will be the maestro’s final season with the HHCS and we look forward to reminiscing and celebrating our time together with him here on Hilton Head as well as on our two European concert tours.
Celebrate Memorial Day! “America Sings!”
A celebration of the American spirit. Join the chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, and a special guest speaker in an all-American musical program including a tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces, current and past. Celebrate the Memorial Day Weekend with the HHCS. An event for the patriotic spirit in us all.