Sanctuary Choir FBC San Antonio

This season features a collaboration with the Sanctuary Choir and Chapel Singers of FBC San Antonio, Aaron C. Hufty, Music Director. This coming spring the choirs will premiere a newly commissioned work by composer Michael John Trotta. The work set for choir, orchestra, and youth choir.

Aaron C. Hufty

Aaron C. Hufty serves First Baptist Church of San Antonio as the Associate Pastor of Worship and Music. The musical legacy of this 156 year-old church is truly rich. One of the great blessings of this position is cultivating worship experiences for this fellowship in the heart of San Antonio. In addition to shaping services, he directs the Sanctuary Choir and the Chapel Singers (youth choir). He also oversees the vibrant children’s choir and hand-bell programs. Dr. Hufty has also implemented many new initiatives while at FBCSA which include the Orchestra at First, the First Fine Arts Series, and the Imago Arts Academy. Prior to accepting the call to full-time ministry Dr. Hufty spent his career in the classroom. Most recently he was a Lecturer at Baylor University where he taught conducting, music appreciation, the Baylor Women’s Choir, and created VirtuOSO – a contemporary a cappella ensemble. He also spent nine years in the public school system. Most of those years were spend at Sandra Day O’Connor High School where he ran a program of 250 students singing in eight ensembles. Passionate about the intersection of faith and art, Dr. Hufty has been very active in the local community serving as the chorus master for the Lyric Opera of San Antonio, the artistic director of the San Antonio Choral Society, and the chorus master of the Mid-Texas Symphony. He was also a charter member of the San Antonio Chamber Choir. A native of Missouri, Dr. Hufty received his B.S. in Vocal Music Education from Northwest Missouri State University where he studied voice with Dr. Stephen Town. He then received his M.M. in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio where he studied voice with Prof. Linda Poetschke and conducting with Dr. John Silantien. He completed is D.M.A in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at Austin where he studied conducting with Dr. James Morrow. His research was centered on the eighteenth-century Neapolitan composer Nicola Fago. He lives in San Antonio with his wife, April, and his daughters Rachel, Susannah, and Jessica.

Sanctuary Choir

For over a century, the Sanctuary Choir of First Baptist Church San Antonio has filled the chancel as the backdrop for worship, and has dedicated its ministry to exalting the grandeur and glory of God.

Unified in the purpose of praise and adoration of our Creator God, this extraordinary choir has been devoted to excellence in all things pertaining to the powerful presentation of the gospel through choral music. Renowned for its distinctive qualities and musicianship, the choir has inspired the hearts and souls of the worshipers at First Baptist and the greater community.

The Sanctuary Choir has performed for the Texas Choral Director’s Association, the Baylor University “Alleluia! Many Voices, One Song” Conference, and the National Assembly of the Cooperative Baptist Fellowship. Each year, the Sanctuary Choir is the centerpiece for “Christmas at First” which has become a San Antonio tradition where thousands of people gather downtown to experience the majesty and beauty of the music of Christ’s birth.

Chapel Singers

For many decades the Chapel Singers, First Baptist Church’s youth choir, has been a flagship youth choral ministry within the landscape of local church music. This choir has been featured weekly at First Baptist in morning and evening worship services for over 40 years. Their role as a service choir in the early editions worship services and in evening worship venues has set them apart as a church youth choir with a vast learned repertoire with a distinctive worship ministry responsibility.

This past March, 2011, the Chapel Singers were honored by the YouthCue Network, Randy Edwards, founder, with the “Spirit of Cue” Award citing this choir’s commitment to the ideals of excellence for the Kingdom of God within music ministry, and missions. The Chapel Singers have also been the featured concert for Baylor University’s “Alleluia! Many Voices, One Song” Conference, and have also been featured in concert with the Texas Choral Director’s Association.

Dedicated to vocal excellence, the Springfield Chamber Chorus provides inspiring and artistic a cappella performances of both sacred and secular literature to Springfield, Missouri and surrounding regions. The chorus has toured throughout Missouri and Northwest Arkansas and had the honor of performing at the 2012 Missouri Music Educators Association conference and the 2015 Missouri Choral Directors Association conference. More recently, the chorus was selected to perform at the 2016 Missouri Music Educators Association conference in January. Founded in 2008 by Kelly Garrison, Jim Davidson and Amelia Davidson, the virtuoso ensemble tours annually and instills deep musical appreciation in both patron and performer.