The Hartford Chorale

Our Mission

The Hartford Chorale is a volunteer not-for-profit organization that presents, on a symphonic scale, masterpieces of great choral art throughout southern New England and beyond, serving as the primary symphonic chorus for the Greater Hartford community. Through its concerts and collaborations with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and other organizations, the Hartford Chorale engages the widest possible audiences with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, providing talented singers with the opportunity to study and perform at a professional level.

Our History

Choral and Orchestral Masterworks

Over the years, the Chorale has given critically acclaimed performances of major choral/orchestral masterworks, including:

  • Orff’sCarmina Burana, our first performance under the baton of Carolyn Kuan
  • Beethoven’s Mass in C, our first performance under the baton of Edward Cumming
  • Verdi’s Requiem, under the direction of noted American choral conductor Joseph Flummerfelt
  • Mahler’s Eighth Symphony, with Yale Camerata and the University of Connecticut Festival Chorus, to commemorate Michael Lankester’s final year as the Music Director of the HSO
  • Sir Edward Elgar’s The Dream of Gerontius (March 2000), to mark the 100th anniversary of that piece’s premiere
  • Requiems of Brahms, Mozart, Verdi, Durufle and Berlioz
  • Premiering works by Dave Brubeck and West Hartford composer Edward Diemente
  • Commissioning two choral/orchestral works:And Sing Eternally by Alice Parker, one of America’s finest choral composers and a long-time collaborator of Robert Shaw; and A Symphony of Songs by Frederick Tillis, a noted classical and jazz composer from the University of Massachusetts, the setting of which was four poems by the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet and Hartford resident, Wallace Stevens
  • Bach’s Christmas Oratorio Part I, with CONCORA and the HSO under Richard Coffey
  • Handel’s Messiah, as part of the HSO Masterworks Series for the first time in December 2005, to record-setting crowds; Richard Coffey conducted
  • Three performances of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, including a performance at Woolsey Hall in New Haven
  • Mozart’s Requiem, to observe his 250th birth anniversary; one of the performances was dedicated to the memory of Donna LeMay, a long-time Chorale member and devoted Chorale manager

Contact Us

Hartford Chorale
233 Pearl Street, #17
Hartford, CT 06103

Phone: 860.547.1982


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