Formed in 1963 to complement the work of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra, the choir has grown from a modest twenty-four members to its present complement of about one hundred voices.
From 1963 to 1972 the Chorus was under the direction of conductors of the Niagara Symphony Orchestra Leonard Perlman and Milton Barnes. Leonard Atherton continued to expand the choir’s horizons from 1972 to 1980, including the creation of a core Cantata Choir which he used for smaller-scaled works.
Throughout most of the 1980s, Ermanno Florio, Roberto DeClara and lan Grundy shared the choral duties along with occasional guest conductors.
In 1989, the Board of the Symphony Association invited Robert Cooper to become conductor of the Chorus and, moving in a new direction, gave him complete artistic control in that capacity. Since his arrival, the Chorus has doubled its membership and established an unprecedented standard of excellence.
During the 98-99 season, Chorus Niagara took part in recording a CD with John Rutter in Toronto and was also invited to open The Friendship Festival on July 1st in Fort Erie with the Howard Cable orchestra.
In the spring of 2009 the Chorus embarked on its first international tour to England, singing in Bath Abbey with the Chantry Singers and in Portsmouth with the Portsmouth Choral Union.