National Chorale

Lincoln Center, New York City


Everett McCorvey, Artistic Director

During 2019–2020, the Chorale celebrates its 52nd Annual Season of concerts at Lincoln Center and its extensive vocal music education program in the NYC schools.

The National Chorale, New York’s premier professional choral company, continues celebrating 52 years of excellence in vocal music education and performance during the 2019-2020 season. Founded in 1967, the National Chorale is the only professional choral company in the United States to have established and maintained an annual subscription season in the major New York City concert halls – 51 seasons in David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall and Philharmonic Hall) with additional concerts at Carnegie Hall.  The Chorale presents a broad repertory of choral-orchestral works; seldom-performed works from many stylistic periods; opera-in-concert; American music theatre; and contemporary works, including commissions by the Chorale for its Lincoln Center Season.

In addition to its David Geffen Hall series, the Chorale has toured nationally; presented 19 summer seasons of New York Festival of American Music Theater concerts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and parks throughout the New York area; concert tours of New York State and New York City; vocal-instrumental chamber music series and Concerts for Young People.

For 52 years the Chorale has also had a continuing major vocal-choral music education initiative in the New York public schools in cooperation with the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. This initiative includes city-wide artist-in-residence programs; after-school high school choral programs; special contemporary music residencies; the popular New York City High School Choral Festival and the new Elementary and Middle School Choral Festivals.

In addition, the Chorale has a Partnership with the New York City Professional Performing Arts High School, now in its 8th year, providing vocal and choral training to young people who plan to enter the music profession as performers or music educators.

Is the only professional choral organization to establish and maintain an annual choral-orchestral series in a major New York City concert hall—for 52 years at Lincoln Center—with additional concerts at Carnegie Hall.
Has created and has presented the Handel’s Messiah Sing-In at Lincoln Center every December for 51 years. The Sing-In is New York’s most popular Holiday Season participatory music event, with an audience-chorus of 3,000 singers.
Repertory also includes major accapella works from the 16th century to our time and its continuing Series of 20th and 21st century American Classics.
Has toured nationally since 1967, presenting choral concerts, vocal/instrumental chamber music, Messiah Sing-Ins, American music theatre concerts, contemporary music, and concerts for young people.
Presents the leading Vocal Music Education Initiative in New York’s public schools—ongoing for 49 years. Every year, through the Chorale’s programs, more than 15,000 children in Elementary, Intermediate and High Schools participate in choirs and develop their skills for life-long enjoyment of singing.
Presents the popular NYC High School Choral Festival, involving choirs from throughout the City. The 26th annual Festival took place in April 2018 at Hunter College/CUNY with more than 1,200 high school singers and choral conductors participating.
Presented the 9th Annual Elementary School Choral Festival in May 2018 at the Professional Performing Arts School in midtown Manhattan with 950 singers participating. JessAnn Smith was the distinguished Festival Guest Conductor.