The choir was found and organized by Steven Kirkpatrick in April 2009. Central Texas Master Singers (CTMS) was inspired by Steven’s past singing experience in the world-renowned Dr. Gary Bonner Singers. Additionally, he has studied choral conducting each summer since 2007 with Dr. Bonner through rigorous week-long seminars provided by the Bonner Institute for the Advancement of Choral Music. Steven has led church choirs for more than 30 years beginning at the age of 14. His community choral experiences also include the Colorado Choir, Riverside Master Chorale and Salado Community Chorus. CTMS has performed more than 175 full length concerts and recorded 6 CD albums.
Singers from a variety of musical backgrounds comprise the choir. Many have formal vocal training, including public school music educators, freelance musicians, volunteer church musicians, current and past collegiate singers, but we also welcome other singers. Participating with the Central Texas Master Singers requires an extraordinary level of commitment. The choir does not hold music at performances – all numbers are fully memorized. A rigorous performance schedule throughout the September – April season includes weekly rehearsals, resulting in excellence in sound and musicianship. Singers are expected to attend all rehearsals and perform in all scheduled performances.
Rehearsals are held weekly on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. from the last Monday in August through mid-May. All rehearsals are held at First Baptist Church of Belton, 506 North Main Street, Belton, Texas 76513, in the Choir Rehearsal Room behind and below the Worship Center choir loft. Visitors are always welcome for a musical listening experience. Auditioning singers are welcome throughout the year. Auditioning singers are asked to arrive by 6:30 p.m. and are expected to stay for the entire duration of the rehearsal as part of the auditioning process.