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The Collegiate Chorale Singers

The Collegiate Chorale Singers was founded in 2003 as an elite, mostly-professional ensemble of The Collegiate Chorale. The Singers, led by Chorale Music Director James Bagwell, perform as featured artists on select concerts of the American Symphony Orchestra, as well as in other engagements around New York City.

Among New York’s foremost vocal ensembles, The Collegiate Chorale has added to the richness of the city’s cultural fabric for over 70 years. Founded in 1941 by the legendary conductor Robert Shaw and currently under direction of James Bagwell, The Chorale has established a preeminent reputation for its interpretations of the traditional choral repertoire, vocal works by American composers, and rarely heard operas-in-concert, as well as commissions and premieres of new works by today’s most exciting creative artists. The many guest artists with whom The Chorale has performed in recent years include Thomas Hampson, Bryn Terfel, Nathan Gunn, Victoria Clark, Stephanie Blythe, Eric Owens, Rene Papé, and Deborah Voigt.

Last season’s highlights included Bellini’s rarely performed opera Beatrice di Tenda, featuring Angela Meade and Jamie Barton; the NY premieres of Philip Glass’ Symphony No. 7 “Toltec” and Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana; and a festive performance of Wright and Forrest’s operetta Song of Norway with Tom Gold Dance and Broadway greats Judy Kaye, Santino Fontana, Alexandra Silber, and Jason Danieley.