It’s the sound of the human spirit.
There’s something remarkable about voices coming together in harmony, performing world-class music by beloved composers. Singers and audiences share a moment of transcendent beauty, power and peace. The world becomes a happier place.
MasterWorks Chorale—one of over a quarter million choirs in the United States—has been bringing the joy of choral music to Central New York for more than a half-century. Numbering more than 60 professional and skilled amateur singers from across Central New York, we present several concerts each season in Onondaga and Cayuga Counties, sharing music that is timeless, profound, even playful.
You might hear us perform in a historic church or a local library, a ballroom or an art center. The choir has sung with church, community and school choral groups, with organists, orchestras, string quartets, and brass and woodwind quintets.
Even the audience gets into the act, at our glorious sing-along Messiah concerts. And you can't help tapping your toes and humming along to our program of favorites on the lighter side, at the annual Spring Gala dinner and concert in May.
To help new listeners become choral music fans, we offer free concert tickets through age 18 and share our music library with area school, church and community choirs.
To perform, promote and preserve choral music through artistic excellence for the mutual enjoyment and enrichment of the community and the members of the Chorale.
We strive to enrich our community through the preservation of outstanding choral music from all traditions; reward our audiences and our membership with choral programs that elevate and entertain; inspire artistic excellence in performance by welcoming challenge, discovery and diversity in musical form; support and promote the performing arts in Central New York.
Our 54th season
Originally called the Marcellus Chorale, the choir was founded in that town by 1965 by local church choir director Joseph Centrone, after his counterparts expressed interest in forming a larger community ensemble. In 1996, the name was changed to MasterWorks Chorale, reflecting a growing membership committed to powerful performances of choral masterpieces. From 1977 to 2011, Maureen McCauley led the group. In 2013 Kip Coerper, ChM, became conductor and music director. The 2019–20 season marks our 54th year sharing harmony with Central New York.