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History

Central Territorial Staff Songsters

The Central Territorial Staff Songsters (CTSS), a choir of The Salvation Army, was formed in January 2020 and meets four to five times a year for rehearsals and performances. Location of performances and rehearsal weekends rotate to bring ministry to various commands throughout the USA Central Territory, and beyond. Repertoire reflects a wide variety of vocal music expressions including traditional choral, contemporary, and gospel genres.

The mission of The Central Territorial Staff Songsters is two-fold:

1. To spread the message of Jesus Christ, in line with the mission of The Salvation Army.

2. To promote the use of vocal music throughout the territory through performance and education.

Involvement in the music ministry of CTSS requires each member to be a soldier in good standing and have had a soul-saving experience. In order to exhibit the love of God and share the gospel of Jesus Christ, each Staff Songster must have a first-hand knowledge of the Savior and His love.

The 40 members of CTSS range from ages 19-69 and are from all walks of life from students to working professionals in fields from engineering and interior design to employees and officers (pastors) in The Salvation Army. All give of their time voluntarily to the staff songsters as well as to their local corps (churches) and songster brigades

Shortly after the inaugural rehearsal weekend and a subsequent weekend of rehearsals in Kansas City in March of 2020, CTSS was forced to temporarily shift it's focus in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the course of 5 months, members of the brigade recorded 8 virtual chorus videos including the brigade's Virtual Launch and Commissioning and 5 videos for a joint Christmas concert with the Chicago Staff Band called "Windows of Hope".

For information on joining The Central Territorial Staff Songsters, visit our Auditions Page by clicking here.