The Los Angeles Master Chorale is widely recognized as USA’s leading professional choir and one of Southern California’s most vibrant cultural treasures. Hailed for its powerful performances, technical precision, and artistic daring, the Master Chorale is led by Grant Gershon, Kiki & David Gindler Artistic Director, and Jean Davidson, President & CEO. Created by legendary conductor Roger Wagner in 1964, it is a founding resident company of The Music Center and choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Chorister positions are highly sought after and the fully professional choir is a diverse and vocally dynamic group showcasing the many voices of L.A.
The Master Chorale performs 13 concerts during its 2019-20 season as a resident company of Walt Disney Concert Hall. Performances include Bruckner’s Mass No. 3 in F Minor and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, Rachmaninoff’s All-Night Vigil, and Fauré’s Requiem. Also on the season are world premieres of music by Gabriel Kahane and Derrick Spiva and music by Caroline Shaw, Nilo Alcala, Shawn Kirchner, and Diana Syrse as part of a tribute concert to choral legend Alice Parker; the West Coast premiere of Nilo Muhly’s The Faire Starre, co-commissioned by the Master Chorale; music by Dale Trumbore, Morten Lauridsen, and Matthew Brown; and the world premiere of Emmy winner Jeff Beal’s (House of Cards) new soundtrack to the classic 1927 movie Sunrise: A Song of Two Humans, directed by F. W. Murnau. Christmas offerings include annual Festival of Carols and Messiah performances.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale has performed in more than 500 concerts with the Los Angeles Philharmonic at both Disney Hall and the Hollywood Bowl, and has toured with the orchestra to Europe and throughout the United States. Since the 2018-19 season, the Master Chorale has been touring its production of Lagrime di San Pietro, directed by Peter Sellars, with performances in London and Paris, and at the Salzburg Festival.
Praised for its definitive performances, the Los Angeles Master Chorale is also committed to recording the choral repertoire. Its esteemed discography includes seven recordings under Gershon, the most recent being the national anthems / the little match girl passion by David Lang on Cantaloupe Records. Albums released under former music director Paul Salamunovich on RCM include the Grammy-nominated Lauridsen: Lux Aeterna, a recording that helped to secure the work’s place as a modern masterpiece. The Master Chorale is featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of many major motion pictures, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi and is further heard beyond the concert hall via broadcasts by Southern California’s Classical KUSC.
Committed to community engagement and fostering music education in schools, the Los Angeles Master Chorale’s education programs include Voices Within residencies that encourage students to write and perform their own songs, and an expansive Oratorio Project for high school students. The Master Chorale also presents an annual High School Choir Festival, which brings teenagers from around the Southland to perform in Walt Disney Concert Hall. In May 2019 the High School Choir Festival celebrated 30 years as one of the longest-running and wide-reaching arts education programs in Southern California. In July 2018 the Master Chorale presented Big Sing California, the largest group singing event in state history, encompassing a concert in Disney Hall that was broadcast live to venues in five other cities in California and livestreamed online.