Manhattan Chorale is a professional choir based in New York City under the direction of its founder, Craig Arnold. They present an historical spectrum of choral masterworks both large and small, traditional and contemporary, and are advocates of new works. Manhattan Chorale frequently collaborates with the New York City Chamber Orchestra.
In addition to their own concerts, the singers 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. The Chorale includes New York freelance professional singers, though many of its members are hired for singing and administrative skills.
Manhattan Chorale has presented concerts in New York City (Carnegie Hall: Stern, Weill and Zandel; Lincoln Center Alice Tully Hall; Merkin Recital Hall; Holy Trinity Lutheran Church; St. Paul’s Chapel, Columbia University; and Cathedral Basilica of St. James), Boston (Sanders Theater, Harvard University; St. Paul Parish, Harvard Square), Washington D.C. (Reformation Lutheran Church), and Chicago (Orchestra Hall).
The Chorale maintains a continuing educational outreach to emerging conductors and high school music programs. Recent seasons have included a Chicago-area masterclass with four selected conductors and 60 auditors; and, a festival-clinic with six invited high school choirs and their directors. Additionally, Manhattan Chorale is the lifetime sponsor of the American Choral Directors Association student conducting competition.