Eastman Chorale is a select ensemble of singers from the Eastman School of Music performing a variety of the finest choral repertoire from the past five centuries, ranging from Renaissance masterworks to first performances of compositions from the 21st century. The Chorale consists primarily of students in vocal performance, music education and conducting. The choir tours annually, and has performed at both ACDA and MENC conferences.
The Eastman Chorale has established a strong tradition of performing both standard and innovative music. Repertoire in recent years has ranged from music of J.S. Bach, Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Benjamin Britten to works of Dominick Argento, Steven Stucky, Arvo Pärt, and George Rochberg. Their acclaimed 2008 performance at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Cincinnati featured a performance of the Messa da Requiem of Ildebrando Pizzetti - a rarely heard tour-de-force of a cappella choral music. Recent years have brought premieres of works by Samuel Adler, Jacob Avshalomov, Daniel Shapiro, Michaela Eremiasova, and others. Their performance of Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Hiob with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra was hailed by critic Paloma Capanna as “absolutely fantastic.”
The Eastman Chorale participates in annual recordings of selected compositions by Eastman student composers, and collaborates regularly with the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and Eastman orchestras in performances of the monuments of the repertoire for chorus and orchestra.
The Director of Eastman Chorale is William Weinert.