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.

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Mission Statement

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

Read a recent article on the chorale published in the April 2018 issue of "Neighbors of the Woodlands" magazine.

Mark Marotto, PhD
Artistic Director

Dr. Marotto has lived and worked in five countries throughout Europe and North America. During his eight years in Switzerland, he served as Artistic Director of Le Louverain, a summer choral festival in Neuchâtel as well as conducted a number of ensembles including the Bern University Chorus, Le Motet de Genève and the Lausanne Youth Choir. He also music directed musical theatre productions for the Geneva Amateur Operatic Society. In late 2004, Dr. Marotto founded Voix d’Espérance (Voices of Hope) to perform concerts in support of charities. The inaugural concert of the Mozart Requiem was televised and raised funds for tsunami-relief.

Dr. Marotto completed his doctorate in choral conducting at the University of Michigan under Jerry Blackstone. He also holds a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the National Music University of Bucharest, Romania and a bachelor’s in music, summa cum laude, from Duke University. He has worked with a number of prominent conductors, among them Helmuth Rilling, Christopher Hogwood, Kurt Masur and George Pehlivanian.

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Matthew Martinez, MA Accompanist

Matthew Martinez holds a Master of Arts in Choral conducting and a Bachelors in piano performance. We are honored to have a talented pianist as well as dedicated choral music educator on the bench.

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Leadership Team

  • Gary Wooddell - President
  • Caroline Polgar - Vice President
  • Zachary Carr - Treasurer
  • Michael Rock - Secretary
  • Karin Witton - Director at Large
  • Edward Gibson - Director at Large
  • Diane Ziman - Director at Large
  • Erin Love - Director at Large
  • Daniela Herrero - Director at Large