Manhattan Chorale is a professional choir based in New York City under the direction of Craig Arnold. They present a historical spectrum of choral masterworks both large and small and have a mission that includes premiering new works. Their new rehearsal facility is located in midtown Manhattan near Madison Square Garden. Most of the chorale membership are hired for their singing and administrative skills as they collaborate with choirs from across the United States who gather for various New York residencies under the auspices of Manhattan Concert Productions to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center. Manhattan Chorale has the distinction of being the only mixed choir in the United States where the majority of its membership is full time with the organization.
Last season saw Manhattan Chorale perform concerts in Boston, Washington, D.C., Chicago, and New York City. They performed alongside Broadway stars in Manhattan Concert Productions’ Broadway Classics at Carnegie Hall (November 2013), and in their second annual Christmas concert at Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall (December 2013).
In addition to their regular performance season, Manhattan Chorale maintains a continuing education outreach program to high school programs and emerging conductors. Last season included a Chicago-area masterclass with four selected conductor and 60 auditors. Additionally, Manhattan Chorale featured the graduate and undergraduate winners of Manhattan Concert Productions’ ACDA National Student Conducting Competition, each of whom guest conducted on concerts in New York City.