Our Mission

Making masterworks meaningful through performances that excite, engage, and inspire the community.

Masterworks Chorale is one of the leading choruses in the Boston area and an active part of the region’s musical community. Dr. Kevin Leong became our Music Director in our 2017-2018 season. Masterworks draws its committed singers, professional orchestra, and talented soloists from throughout New England. The Chorale performs a three-concert series at Sanders Theatre and other local venues. We offer popular community ‘Sings’ at the holidays and in the summer, and do outreach events for the community.

In 2019-2020 Season the Chorale is celebrating its 80th 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 predecessor.

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