About the Chorale

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. Led by Music Director/Conductor Steven Karidoyanes, 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.

This year, the Chorale celebrates its 75th anniversary.

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

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’s name was changed 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 commitment to prepare and present concerts of a high standard that are also exciting, enriching and fulfilling continues the Masterworks tradition set by his predecessors.

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