MasterVoices was founded in 1941 by conductor Robert Shaw, the “dean of American choral singing,” who believed in the voice as the world’s most powerful instrument. Today the human voice remains at the heart of our concerts, from our acclaimed 100+ member chorus to the dazzling array of world-class soloists who perform with us each year.
Our productions are known for their vitality and scale, and our repertoire spans multiple genres – we perform choral classics, operas in concert, musical theater works, and newly commissioned pieces at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and New York City Center to site-specific concerts at synagogues, airplane hangers, museums, and bandshells. We often tour internationally, most recently appearing with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra and at the Verbier Festival in Switzerland.
Our concerts serve a deeper purpose as well: to nurture the artists of tomorrow. Our Faith Geier Initiative gives debuts to promising young soloists, and most of our performances include high school students from our Side-by-Side program, which invites aspiring and diverse young singers to join us in our concerts and tours, guided by experienced chorus members as mentors.
Now under the baton of Tony Award-winning Artistic Director Ted Sperling, our vision is expanding. Our musical theater offerings have become richer – thanks in part to the establishment of The Roger Rees Fund – and our new Bridges program has started to introduce composers to specific New York City communities to create new choral works inspired by their stories.