The Montgomery County Choral Society started in 1972 as a "rag-tag" group of church choir singers, the society's Assistant Director Craig Stephan said.

A small band of eight or nine people wanted the opportunity to sing more classical material and do something different outside the church. So, he said they looked to Director Kathryn Gutekunst to help recruit new members and create a new sound. Slowly, over the years, Stephan said the small "rag-tag" group transformed into something great.

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Now, the Choral Society is celebrating its 52nd year in the community with more than 40 members from all over Montgomery County.

"It's just a group of people who are passionate about singing and want to produce quality performances that you really can't find in the Greater Conroe area," said Christina Lee, president of the MCCS board.

The Choral Society performs three to four concerts a year with performances in the spring, fall and winter. The group's next performance will be a holiday concert Dec. 8 at First Methodist Conroe, 4308 W. Davis, starting at 7 p.m.

This year, Stephan said MCCS is adding a few new changes to the organization, including hosting guest directors throughout the season and a new finale event, a cabaret-style show in June.

The show will focus less on the large choir and more on soloists, duets and small ensembles, Stephan said.

"We are constantly looking at different ways to figure out who our current demographic is and how to expand that demographic," he said. "This is a way we are hoping to introduce the Choral Society to the demographics that don't usually listen to that style of music."

MCCS is a nonprofit organization and is funded through ticket sales, fundraising events and donations. The organization also gives a portion of proceeds back to the community through two annual high school scholarships.

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