MasterVoices was founded in 1941 by legendary conductor Robert Shaw, known as the “dean of American choral singing.” Shaw believed choral singing was a manifestation of democracy – distinct voices coming together to create a stronger whole. He founded the group (then called The Collegiate Chorale) as the first interracial, interfaith volunteer chorus in America.
Under the Artistic Direction of Tony Award-winner Ted Sperling since 2013, the spirit of inclusion and the power of the human voice remain at the heart of our work. From our acclaimed 130+ member chorus to the dazzling array of world-class soloists who perform with us each year, our concerts are known for their vitality and scale. We perform a wide range of repertoire, from choral classics and operas to musical theater and world premiere commissions. In keeping with our history, artists of color continue to figure prominently as soloists, composers, and collaborators.
We frequently perform at venues such as Carnegie Hall and New York City Center, and at less traditional sites such as the Intrepid Museum, Rockefeller Park, and The Great Hall at Cooper Union. But our concerts do more than just delight and entertain – our Faith Geier Initiative gives debuts to promising young soloists, our Side-by-Side mentoring program invites diverse and aspiring high school singers to join us in concert and on tour, and our Bridges program engages entire communities in the process of making music, regardless of background or ability. In all that we do, we seek to make music that is of the highest quality and accessible to all.