National Chorale

Everett McCorvey, Artistic Director


During 2021-2022, the Chorale celebrates its 54th Annual Season of concerts and its extensive vocal music education program in the NYC schools.

The National Chorale Messiah Sing-In is one of the biggest Holiday musical events in New York City and has become an annual Holiday favorite.

The National Chorale, New York’s premier professional choral company, continues celebrating 54 years of excellence in vocal music education and performance during the 2021-2022 season. Founded in 1967, the National Chorale is the only professional choral company in the United States to have established and maintained an annual subscription season in the major New York City concert halls – 52 seasons in David Geffen Hall (formerly Avery Fisher Hall and Philharmonic Hall) with additional concerts at Carnegie Hall.  The Chorale presents a broad repertory of choral-orchestral works; seldom-performed works from many stylistic periods; opera-in-concert; American music theatre; and contemporary works, including commissions by the Chorale for its Lincoln Center Season.

In addition to its David Geffen Hall series, the Chorale has toured nationally; presented 19 summer seasons of New York Festival of American Music Theater concerts in Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park and parks throughout the New York area; concert tours of New York State and New York City; vocal-instrumental chamber music series and Concerts for Young People.

For 53 years the Chorale has also had a continuing major vocal-choral music education initiative in the New York public schools in cooperation with the NYC Department of Education and the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs. This initiative includes city-wide artist-in-residence programs; after-school high school choral programs; special contemporary music residencies; the popular New York City High School Choral Festival and the new Elementary and Middle School Choral Festivals.

In addition, the Chorale has a Partnership with the New York City Professional Performing Arts High School, now in its 8th year, providing vocal and choral training to young people who plan to enter the music profession as performers or music educators.