The Washington Master Chorale is a vibrant, fifty-four voice volunteer and professional chorus that has quickly garnered a reputation throughout the Washington, D.C., region for vocal excellence and discriminating concert programing. Since its debut concert in 2010 under the baton of Artistic Director Thomas Colohan, the Chorale’s performances have received repeated critical acclaim. The Washington Post hails the ensemble’s singing as “remarkable for its beauty,” “seamlessly blended,” and “a sound worth hearing.”
Equally at home singing the work of both American and European masters, the Chorale is noted for its innovative presentation of choral works within the context of the composers culture and time. The group focuses on choral repertoire from the 19th century onward with a particular emphasis on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. The Chorale is also dedicated to the expansion of the choral canon, and maintains that commitment through its annual commissioning of new choral works by leading American composers.
The Chorale has received a number of distinguished performance invitations, including an invitation to appear at Weil Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall in April of 2016, invitations for two appearances with the National Symphony Orchestra in the Concert Hall of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and one for a headliner performance at Chorus America’s 2014 National Conference in Washington, D.C.
Speaking of the Chorale, renowned choral composer Morten Lauridsen says, “Maestro Colohan and his splendid singers are committed to choral excellence and will enrich the lives of all who experience their artistry.” Choral icon Alice Parker says “it was a pleasure to hear [this] excellent chorus. I was really impressed…”
In December of 2013, the Chorale released its first professional recording on the Albany Label entitled The Earth and I: New American Choral Music. The Chorale’s first Christmas album, This Endris Night was released in December