The Chorus was founded in 1992 to present concert performances of opera, and in its first five years performed La Traviata, La Bohème, Madama Butterfly, Carmen and La Cenerentola. Since then the repertoire has broadened to include the requiems of Mozart, Cherubini, Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, and Sculthorpe, the masses of Mozart, Haydn, Schubert, and Puccini, and symphonies by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mahler, and Vaughan Williams.
Many performances are broadcast on Classic FM and the Chorus has also been heard in the 10 Days on the Island Festival, the Festival of Voices, MONA FOMA, Dark Mofo, and the Synaesthesia Festivals at MONA. For ABC Classics with the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, the Chorus appears on the The Glory of Christmas CD and has recorded Mendelssohn Symphony No. 2 Lobgesang, and a CD of National Anthems. With Sydney Symphony, the TSO Chorus joined forces with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in 2008 for Elgar The Dream of Gerontius for Decca/ABC Classics. The TSO Chorus has given the world première performances of Richard Mills Remembrance (2015, Hobart and Melbourne), Andrew Ford Blitz (2012), Richard Mills Passion According to St Mark (2009), Maria Grenfell Night Songs (2008), and James Ledger Wandering Star (2006).
The Chorus has combined with Sydney Philharmonia Choirs in the Sydney Opera House to perform Berlioz Te Deum (Charles Dutoit 2015), Verdi Requiem (David Robertson 2013), Elgar The Dream of Gerontius (Vladimir Ashkenazy 2009), Haydn Die Schöpfung (Sir Richard Hickox 2007) and Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, and Ravel Daphnis and Chloé (Oleg Caetani 2006). In 2010 the TSO Chorus added Mahler Symphony No. 8 to its repertoire (Arvo Volmer, Adelaide Festival and Adelaide Festival Chorus), and in 2011 joined forces with WASO Chorus for Walton Belshazzar’s Feast at the Perth Concert Hall (Paul Daniel). Members of the TSO Chorus made their international debut in 2012 augmenting WASO Chorus in performances of Brahms Ein Deutsches Requiem in Hong Kong with Jaap van Zweden. The TSO Chorus has also toured regional Tasmania biennally with a cappella programs, and for the Australian International Symphony Orchestra Institute (AISOI), an augmented TSO Chorus has performed major choral works by Mahler, Stravinsky and Ravel.
2016 was a busy year for the TSO Chorus, starting with an extreme appearance in MOFO, followed by sell-out performances of Gilbert and Sullivan favourites and the mighty Bach St Matthew Passion. After singing to the stars in Dark MOFO, Haydn's Creation and an 'Out of the World' performance in Holst's The Planets, the chorus finished the year with excerpts of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde and a tour of regional Tasmania.
In 2017, the Chorus will kickstart the year with Beethoven 9, followed by Bizet's Carmen, before travelling to Sydney to perform Walton's Belshazzar's Feast with the Sydney Symphony and Sydney Philharmonia Choirs. On return, the Chorus will finish the year with Vaughan Williams' Flos Campi.