The Los Angeles Master Chorale is the country’s largest independent professional chorus 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 Artistic Director Grant Gershon. It is a founding resident company of The Music Center and the choir-in-residence at Walt Disney Concert Hall. Chorister positions are highly sought-after and the professional choir is a diverse and vocally dynamic group showcasing the many voices of L.A.
Presenting its own concert series each season, the Master Chorale performs choral music from the earliest writings to contemporary compositions striking a balance between innovation and tradition. To date, the choir has commissioned 50 and premiered 99 new works, of which 69 were world premieres. It has been awarded three ASCAP/Chorus America Awards for Adventurous Programming as well as Chorus America’s prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence.
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 New York City. Performances in the orchestra’s 2016/17 season include John Adams’ El Niño, conducted by Gershon in December and Janáček's Glagolitic Mass with Gustavo Dudamel in May. The Master Chorale has also appeared at the Ojai Music Festival, the Great Performers series at Lincoln Center, the Ravinia Festival, and the Overture Center in Madison, Wisconsin.
Praised for its definitive performances, the choir 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 also featured with Gershon on the soundtracks of many major motion pictures and is heard beyond the concert hall via broadcasts by Southern California’s Classical KUSC.
The Los Angeles Master Chorale serves more than 30,000 audience members of all ages annually and provides education outreach to some 9,000 students each year. Education programs include Voices Within, encouraging young people to write their own songs and oratorios, as well as the High School Choir Festival, which brings teenagers from around the Southland to perform in Walt Disney Concert Hall.