Reviews & Press

Orpheus in the New World

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

Opening its 25th season, Orpheus once again proved a first-rate professional chamber choir, firmly focused and finely polished. Artistic director Donald Krehbiel conducted clearly and expressively, and the lush reverberation of the Cathedral Santuario de Guadalupe was perfect for music conceived for great spaces. Read more


The Orpheus Chamber Singers gave a magnificent ode to the popular topic of love.

Richard Oliver,

March 1, 2019 - The concept of love has permeated the human experience with pointed poignancy since the beginning of time. The evidence of its enrapturing, infuriating, maddening effects was laid out in Orpheus’ “Lovesong,” as they blended together ancient and modern colors to highlight that this very idea. We all feel it, yearn for it, strive to share it with others. We all know what it’s like to be intoxicated with it, spurned by it—empowered then dejected by it—and yet we always go back for more. I couldn’t ask for a better group of artists to celebrate such a prevailing, perfect paradox through song. Read more


A Valentine To The Voice From Orpheus Chamber Singers

Quin Mathews, Art & Seek

February 14, 2019 - That sound is what has given Orpheus Chamber Singers its stellar reputation. Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers delivers a strong and era-spanning Christmas concert with Wintersong.

Keith Mankin,

December 18, 2018 - The virtuosic choral group, under the direction of Donald Krehbiel, presented a sumptuous aural feast of familiar, novel and sparkling music rooted in the holidays and in the season itself, mixing festivity with introspection. The result was typically stirring and spirited, with moments of breathtaking accomplishment. Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers’ Wintersong Concert Is a Feast

Eve Hill-Agnus, D Magazine

December 17, 2018 - The harmony achieved by the 24-person group is matched by expressive richness and the fine, controlled quality of sound that comes from accomplished singers who blend and also emerged for solos in a number of sections in an eclectic program sensitively arranged by founding artistic director Donald Krehbiel. Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers blend eclectic music, nostalgic holiday warmth

Wayne Lee Gay, Texas Classical Review

December 15, 2018 - This 24-voice choir, well worthy of its stand-out reputation among the area’s numerous choral organizations, sings with the low-vibrato, homogenously blended technique favored by small choral groups. This— combined with a nicely plotted repertoire and sensitive approach from conductor Krehbiel—resulted in a uniquely effective concert that rose above the traditional formula of concerts of this sort, while maintaining the requisite element of holiday warmth. Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers opened its 24th season with a stunning performance of Jonathan Dove's song cycle The Passing of the Year.

Richard Oliver,

November 10, 2018 - Through the delicate design of Saturday night’s program and the thoughtful approach toward its execution, this group proved that it is not only pretty, but also thoroughly effective and artistically self-aware. Read more


Freshly energized, the Orpheus Chamber Singers present bold sounds of silken beauty

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

October 28, 2018 - Krehbiel's fastidious conducting, clear yet expressive, shaped singing of silken beauty that could rise to rousing declamations. The level of tonal polish and blend and the precision of tuning compelled admiration. Pianist Eduardo Rojas was a skilled and aptly interactive collaborator. Read more


The Orpheus Chamber Singers deliver another strong evening of fairly recent choral music.

Wayne Lee Gay,

March 7, 2018 - Orpheus Chamber Singers and director Donald Krehbiel magnificently advocated late 20th- and early 21st-century choral music, including some hugely demanding works from that flourishing genre. Difficulty of music has never been an obstacle for this superbly-trained group of musicians, who take on close, sometimes dissonant harmonies with apparent ease. Read more


Choral fans have a season to celebrate, thanks to Orpheus and newcomer Verdigris

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

December 15, 2017 - …the choral singing was, as always, satin-finished, fine-tuned, perfectly balanced and blended, with clear diction and expressive phrasing. Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers sublime in cathedral acoustics

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

December 21, 2014 - The sounds were glorious, a virtually tactile presence moving through spaces high and wide. And, once again, led by artistic director Donald Krehbiel, this professional chamber choir of two dozen voices delivered satin-finished tone and elegant expressivity. Read more


Lamentations: The Orpheus Chamber Singers perform music for Holy Week in Dallas

Bachtrack Reviewer

March 25, 2013 - To achieve such a focused setting through such unpretentious means should be the envy of artistic directors everywhere... Read more


Orpheus Chamber Singers radiant in music from British Isles

Scott Cantrell, Dallas Morning News

April 21, 2012 - Artistic director Donald Krehbiel led a performance of exquisite polish and sensitivity... Read more