The New York City Master Chorale is conducted by Founder and Artistic Director Thea Kano. The Chorale, which consists of trained musicians from the greater New York City area, performs a full range of musical styles at the highest level of quality. The New York City Master Chorale also educates the public through a regular program of outreach concerts and workshops for groups that might not otherwise have the opportunity to learn about and experience choral music.

Founded in 2005, the 60-voice Chorale presented its inaugural concert on March 25, 2006 at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center.

The New York City Master Chorale has performed at a variety of venues, including: Riverside Church, Church of St. Paul the Apostle, New York University's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, Symphony Space, Lincoln Center's Alice Tully Hall and Avery Fisher Hall, as well as Carnegie Hall. The Chorale had its European debut on April 29, 2011 at Église Saint-Sulpice, Paris, France.

Recent repertoire includes: Beethoven: Symphony No. 9, Mozart: Requiem, Rachmaninoff: Vespers, Fauré: Requiem, Poulenc: Gloria, Duruflé: Requiem and Messe cum Jubilo, Morten Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, and Paul Leavitt: Requiem (New York and European premieres), along with choral works by Aaron Copland, Samuel Barber, Randall Thompson, and spirituals by Moses Hogan.

Foreign-language Programs
Classic choral concerts include music in a variety of languages, including French, Hebrew and Russian, among others.

Programs for Students
The Chorale regularly visits New York City-area schools to provide arts workshops and to introduce students to classical music. Students who participate in the Chorale's workshops receive free or discounted concert tickets.

Programs for Seniors
The group performs at senior centers and assisted living facilities.


Through its arts education program, Dr. Thea Kano and singers from the Chorale regularly visit local public schools to provide much-needed arts workshops. This program, unique to the choral arts world in New York City, reached more than 460 students during the 2007-08 season. Teachers interested in bringing students to concerts may contact Marion Wise (see above) for further details. Students must be accompanied by parents, family, or chaperones. For more information about this program, click here.