The Metropolitan Chorale is a 100-voice auditioned chorus, and one of Boston’s premier vocal ensembles.

The Chorale is a vibrant community of musicians drawn together by a commitment to performing stellar repertoire at high standards, while fostering a warm, welcoming atmosphere.

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Led by Music Director Lisa Graham and four young Artists-in-Residence, the Chorale was recently praised by The Boston Musical Intelligencer for “its fine blend and well-shaped phrasing,” as well as its “sophisticated but equally heartfelt” interpretations.

In a review of its debut appearance with The Boston Pops in December 2013, Broadway World applauded the ensemble for its “outstanding vocal talent [and] exceptional charisma.”

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2018-2019 Season

VERDI REQUIEM


in collaboration with the Commonwealth Chorale

Sunday, November 11th, 2018 at 2:00 p.m.
Jordan Hall, Boston
The combined voices of the Metropolitan and Commonwealth Chorales present Verdi’s titanic masterpiece. The 180-voiced chorus performs under the baton of Lisa Graham in New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall.

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THIS SEASON


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2018 Holiday Pops
Various Dates
We join Keith Lockhart and The Boston Pops on their annual Holiday Tour
The Creative Impulse
Sunday, March 10th, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.
All Saints Parish, Brookline
Menotti: The Unicorn, the Gorgan and the Manticore
R. Murray Schafer: A Medieval Bestiary
Saturday, May 4th, 2019 at 8:00 p.m.
First Church, Cambridge
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About Us

“The quality of the Chorale’s singing exudes confidence, insightful musical values, and—perhaps most importantly—an unabashed joy in singing. Any chance to experience the magic of the Metropolitan Chorale and Lisa Graham is to be treasured!”

– Charles Hamlen, Artistic Advisor, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York, NY

Since 2004, the Metropolitan Chorale has been under the direction of Dr. Lisa Graham who also serves as the Evelyn Barry Director of Choral Programs at Wellesley College. Concerts explore works by many of today’s leading American and British composers, as well as major choral masterworks, including Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Bach’s Mass in B minor, Vaughan Williams’ Sea Symphony, and Handel’s Israel in Egypt. Programs feature important artists of our day from bass-baritone Justin Hopkins and Estelí Gomez, a lead artist with the Grammy Award-winning Room Full of Teeth, to Robin Young, host of NPR’s nationally syndicated program “Here and Now.” Commissions include works by Kirke Mechem and Boston-based composer Thomas Vignieri. One of our most ambitious undertakings was the commissioning of Sh’ma, by Andy Vores, a piece memorializing Holocaust victims and survivors. The piece received recognition by The Boston Globe as one of the best new works of 1996.

In addition to performances at All Saints Parish in Brookline (Massachusetts), the Chorale can be heard throughout the Boston area at such prestigious venues as New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and Sanders Theatre at Harvard University. In December 2013, the Metropolitan Chorale made its Boston Pops debut under the direction of conductor Keith Lockhart on a seven-concert tour of major cities on the East Coast.

Formerly known as the Brookline Chorus, the group had its first rehearsal with 16 singers in the summer of 1979 and its first full concert in the spring of 1980. It was founded as an initiative of the Brookline Music School, growing to over fifty members in its first year. Music Directors have included Anne Watson-Born, who directed the chorus for nine years, William Cutter, and Scott Allen Jarret. In 2004, the Chorus recruited Dr. Lisa Graham as its Music Director.

In 2005, the Chorus formally separated from the Brookline Music School to become its own 501c(3) corporation. The Brookline Chorus changed its name to the Metropolitan Chorale at the beginning of the 2011-2012 Season. The Chorus operates under the leadership of its Board of Directors and an Operations committee.

The Metropolitan Chorale is a member of the Greater Boston Choral Consortium, a cooperative association of diverse choral groups in Boston and the surrounding areas. To learn more, visit http://www.bostonsings.org/. The Chorale membership and Board are thankful for generous support provided by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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Auditions

Auditions for our 2018-19 season

We’ve concluded auditions for our Fall concert. Thank you to everyone who came out and sang!

We’ll be holding limited auditions in January for our Winter and Spring concerts. Please contact Reka Peterson, Chorale Administrator, admin@metropolitanchorale.org for more information.

All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon Street, Brookline (on the D line)

Auditions are 15 minutes in length and include vocalizing, an aural memory evaluation, and sight reading. Singers are encouraged to bring a prepared piece, but this is not required.

 

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Support Us

DONATE TO THE CHORALE

Your contributions help make our music possible. Donate online with a single or recurring donation.

Donate via OvationTix!

You can also mail your donation to:
Metropolitan Chorale
PO Box 1428
Brookline, MA 02446

WALK FOR MUSIC

The Walk for Music is an annual fundraiser available to all arts organizations in the Greater Boston area. 100% of your donation will go to support the Metropolitan Chorale, its three major concerts; and recitals, which bring chorale music to local senior facilities.

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ADVERTISING WITH US

The Metropolitan Chorale is grateful for the support of our advertisers from across the Boston metro area.

For more information about ad rates and specs, click here.

AMAZON SMILE

If you shop on Amazon, you can help support the Metropolitan Chorale [aka Brookline Chorus] by starting your shopping using this Amazon Smile link. A portion of the proceeds from your purchases will be donated to us. Thank you!

WELL-WISHES

Supporters of the Metropolitan Chorale can put their Well Wishes in our concert program. For $25, you can place a 40-character (including spaces and punctuation) message in the programs. Please be sure to submit all Well Wishes at least 2 weeks before the concert to ensure inclusion in the program.

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SPONSORS

The Metropolitan Chorale is proud to acknowledge our support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Their collaboration ensures our success and in turn enriches our whole community.