The Pueblo Choral Society maintains an average of about 50 singers throughout a concert season, which includes four major performances and several smaller community events. Singers are recruited from Pueblo and its surrounding communities such as Pueblo West, Cañon City, and Westcliffe.
The PCS frequently joins other performing arts organizations in producing concert events. Such organizations include:
CSU-Pueblo Concert Choir
Local High School Choirs
Bella Prima Music
Pueblo Children's Chorale
Fremont Civic Choir
Directed by: David Volk,
Doctor of Musical Arts
Jill Townsend, Accompanist
Board of Directors
President : Jo Ann Russ
President-Elect : Evalyn Viehweger
of Finance : Mary Lou Barovich
Treasurer : Roger Wright
Past President : Judith A. Hastall
Finance: Mary Lou Barovich
Membership: Duaina Baldridge
Artistic: Mary Beth Jensen
Public Relations: Ann Wright
Operations: Karl Viehweger
Hospitality: Dianna Werner
The Story of PCS
Over the years the Pueblo choral tradition has taken different forms but remained true to its goal of providing top quality music to Southeastern Colorado. In 1895, members of the Pueblo Oratorio Society proposed a name change to become the Pueblo Choral Society. Some founding members of the current Pueblo Choral Society recalled the Pueblo Chorale during the forties, fifties, and sixties as small and loosely organized. Members bought their music, and the group generally presented a Christmas concert and a spring program, often at Easter.
In 1969, with the arrival of new symphony conductor Gerhard Track, the Chorale added symphony to its name, grew in size to one hundred members, and broadened its scope. Under his direction, the two groups collaborated on symphony season concerts for the next seventeen years, presenting major choral works and staged and concert versions of operas, operettas, and musicals. The Symphony Chorale also participated annually in the January Mozart Festival, which Track created.
David Volk joined Colorado State University – Pueblo in August 2013 as Chair of Music, having previously taught at the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Piedmont College in Demorest, Georgia. At UVA-Wise, David was the 2010 recipient of the college’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
An active composer, David’s Gloria and Credo, based on the traditional Latin Mass, premiered in March, 2016 with the Pueblo Chorale Society, CSU - Pueblo Concert Choir, and orchestra.
David holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Composition from the University of Georgia and Master and Bachelor of Music degrees in Music Theory from Florida State University.
David, his wife Heather, and sons Reese and Julian were the 2007 Commonwealth of Virginia and the 2016 Pueblo Ambassador Family for the March of Dimes.