In 1969, 16 singers gathered in a rehearsal room at the Civic Auditorium (now the Keller) to form a new choral group. They had no music, conductor, or funds. Nevertheless, they persisted. They chose a temporary conductor and accompanist from their own number; they bought their own music and donated it to the group. Within months, they had drawn up bylaws and named themselves the Civic Choraliers.