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. 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.”
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.