About Us

HMC History


A choral community celebrating and connecting people through the power of music inspiring, uplifting, and educating. 



Performing diverse masterworks, showcasing new compositions and talent, and moving people out of their ordinary.

Dr. Ara Carapeytan and his wife Cherrie, founded The Houston Oratory Society in 1986 which today is known as the Houston Masterworks Chorus. Although our name has changed during its 35-year history, our mission has remained faithful to musically connect with the community, broaden our knowledge of singing genres, and expand our reach to include other cultures. We could not have imaged that HMC would be on the vanguard of choral singing or that Houston would become such a diverse supporter of our mission.


Over its history, HMC has weathered historical highs and lows such as oil booms and busts, natural disasters, 9/11, local financial crises and a global pandemic. Each event gave us the opportunity to create and collaborate with skilled community singers of all ages, backgrounds, and musical experiences. We performed choral masterpieces in alternative spaces with professional dancers, composers, artists, musicians, and poets from around the world.


Since 1986 the unwavering dedication of our leaders and members ensured our mission to educate, inspire and uplift. Seeking excellence is our constant motivating force. Our strategically focused board of directors has hired visionary artistic directors who provide leadership and training to improve the singers’ skills and artistic performance.


We would not be who we are today without our coveted artistic leadership.

Director Bob Brewer developed our insights into the great masterworks of the literature. Craig Hella Johnson expanded our repertoire, exploring contemporary composers, broadening our audience and increasing our donors and sponsors. Tom Jaber led us to Carnegie Hall, New York City and abroad to Australia and Italy. Recently appointed in 2019, Dr. Paulo Gomes has diversified our connection within the Houston community, and in December of 2021, will lead us as we perform in Hawaii at the 80th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor.


We welcome singers to join our chorus, volunteers to serve at our events, and people to join our board with their time, talent, and treasure. We also appreciate the support of our donors and audience. Reach out for a conversation if you’re interested in exploring the joy and excitement of live choral music.

The pandemic changed everything and we welcome the challenge to use our creativity by:


  • Producing virtual concerts with new singers and new partners locally, nationally and internationally 
  • Inviting professionals to provide online education, enhancing our skills and knowledge
  • Partnering with non-profit arts organizations:  Ad Deum Dance Company, Fort Bend Symphony Orchestra, Blinn College District Chamber Choir, Houston soloists and local composers
  • Joining Houston Arts Connect programs to support HISD students


Contact us at office@houstonmasterworks.org We’d love to hear from you!