The mission of the New York City Master Chorale is to connect people through choral music by presenting high-quality concerts inspired by the distinct energy, diversity, and talent of New York City.
The Chorale seeks to engage and inspire audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and musical experience by performing a challenging repertoire of traditional and contemporary works, working in collaboration with other artists and organizations who share our vision, and bringing our music into the community through our outreach and education programs.
The New York City Master Chorale has performed at a variety of venues, including Riverside Church, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Trinity Wall Street, Symphony Space, New York University’s Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Center, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as Carnegie Hall. The Chorale had its European debut on April 29, 2011 at Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France.
Recent repertoire includes Orff: Carmina Burana, Bernstein: Chichester Psalms, Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Mozart: Requiem, Bach: Magnificat, Dvořák, Te Deum, Beethoven: Christus am Ölberge, Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Fauré: Requiem, Poulenc: Gloria, Duruflé: Requiem and Messe cum Jubilo, Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, and Paul Leavitt: Requiem(New York and European premieres), along with choral works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, and spirituals by Moses Hogan. In September 2011, NYCMC was recognized as a semi-finalist for the Community Chorus Division of the American Prize in Choral Performance in recognition of the quality of a recorded performance. In April 2017, NYCMC was listed as one of the “Top 8 Classical Music Moments of the Week” by the New York Times.
Founded in 2005 by Dr. Thea Kano, the 70-voice Chorale is led by Artistic Director Dusty Francis, and celebrated its 10th Anniversary in April, 2016 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center. 2019 – 2020 marks the Chorale’s 14th season.