All About Us
Founded in 2009, The Woodlands Chorale is a community chorus that performs in The Woodlands, TX about 23 miles north of the city of Houston. For the fifteen years prior to 2009, this chorale was under the umbrella of The Woodlands Symphony and was known as The Woodlands Symphony Chorus. When the symphony ceased performing in the Spring 2009, the core chorus members and artistic director chose to follow their vision to perform beautiful classical and contemporary choral music for our community.
The mission of the Woodlands Chorale is:
- To uphold the highest standards in the performance of classical and contemporary choral repertoire
- To reach out into the community to attract, educate, and inspire the broadest possible audience
- To recruit the best singers in our community as members of the Chorale
The Woodlands Chorale's outstanding artistic team includes J. David Faber, PhD (Artistic Director) and Janice Van Derbur (Accompanist).
J. David Faber, PhD
J. David Faber is the Choral Director at Lone Star College-North Harris. His BA is from Shepherd University in West Virginia and he holds MM and PhD degrees from West Virginia University in Music Education and Voice.
In addition to his duties at North Harris, Dr. Faber also serves as Organist at The Woodlands Community Presbyterian Church, The Woodlands, Texas. Dr. Faber is an avid weight lifter and runner, having completed the Disney Marathon in Orlando Florida.
Janice Van Derbur, Accompanist
Janice Van Derbur was born in Caracas, Venezuela and began formal piano study at the age of 3, moving to Houston, Texas in junior high. She attended Sam Houston State University and furthered her studies at Tulane University earning a Master of Fine Arts degree. From there she went on to Paris, France to study. While living in Paris, Janice played numerous solo and chamber music recitals and won 3 prizes in competition at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Brussels, Belgium. Since returning to Houston in 1980, Janice has maintained a private piano studio in Northwest Houston and recently retired from the faculty of Lone Star College North Harris. She regularly performs as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician.