The Choral Society of Grace Church is a 150-voice ensemble of experienced professional and avocational singers who volunteer their time and talents in the service of the choral art form. Inspired by a longstanding community outreach of Grace Church in New York, the Choral Society was founded in 1999 as an independent, non-sectarian chorus joined by an orchestra of New York’s finest freelance players. Currently celebrating its eighteenth season under music director John Maclay, the Choral Society presents two concert series a year, offering masterpieces from the historic canon of the world’s greatest music. The group’s repertoire spans six centuries. Major recent performances included Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the Requiems of Duruflé, Mozart and Verdi. Following the Choral Society’s performance of the Rachmaninoff Vespers at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Sun wrote, in a number of recent hearings no other chorus in town has been even close to the level of professionalism of this strictly volunteer group. This choir expertly combines the two most important tools in a singer’s armamentarium: discipline and passion. The Choral Society reaches thousands of listeners a year in concert venues throughout New York City, and was profiled in 2015 by the PBS-WNET magazine Religion and Ethics Newsweekly.
Tony Bellomy, Associate Conductor
Jorge Avila, Concertmaster and Orchestra Contractor
Board of Directors:
Kaarin Von Herrlich