Our Mission

Making masterworks meaningful through performances that excite, engage, and inspire, and through outreach efforts across all ages.

Masterworks Chorale is one of the leading choruses in the Boston area and an active part of the region’s musical community. The 2017–18 season is the inaugural season with new Music Director, Dr. Kevin Leong, who was selected in June 2017, concluding a two-year search process. Masterworks draws its committed singers, professional orchestra, and talented soloists from throughout New England. The Chorale performs a three-concert series at Sanders Theatre, offers popular community ‘Sings’ at the holidays and in the summer, and provides intergenerational outreach opportunities.

Three years ago, the Chorale celebrated its 75th anniversary.

Founded as the Lexington Choral Society in 1940, the chorus was led by three conductors through its first dozen years: George Faulkner, Wilmer Bartholomew, and George W. Grant. In 1947, composer Lukas Foss guest conducted the ensemble in the Boston premiere of his American oratorio, The Prairie.

Allen Lannom became the chorus’ conductor in 1952. This extraordinary tenure would last 53 years, unmatched by any music organization. Under his leadership, the ensemble experienced significant artistic growth and achievement. In 1969, the organization changed its name to Masterworks Chorale to better reflect the geographic diversity of its membership and its contribution to the cultural life of greater Boston. The new name also helped better define the ensemble’s core repertoire: choral/orchestral music by master composers. Mr. Lannom’s final concert concluded the Chorale’s 2004-2005 season.

Masterworks Chorale appointed Steven Karidoyanes Music Director in May 2006. His 10 year tenure with the chorale was dedicated to a commitment to prepare and present concerts of a high standard that are also exciting, enriching and fulfilling which continued the Masterworks tradition set by his predecessors.

To contact us, please call (617) 858-6785, or send an email to info@MasterworksChorale.org.