The Blazing Star Choral Society began in 1991 after a community choir completed a concert tour of Italy. Since there had been no organized non-profit choral group within the county, and after the success of that tour, it seemed logical to establish one. The society was founded by Donald J. Rasely and Margaret D. Stock in August 1991. At that time, Rasely was well-known as a liturgical music director, college instructor, and vocalist. Stock, also a college instructor, team-taught with Rasely and was a member of the community choir. They had worked on several projects including a grant from the Pennsylvania Humanities Council for the Boar's Head and Yule Log Festival held in Butler (founded by Rasely and selected for the Pennsylvania Arts Calendar). The June 1992 premiere performance of the 100-voice chorus featured John Rutter's Magnificat to a sell-out audience at Butler County Community College. And the rest, as they say, is history.