Manhattan Girls Chorus
Michelle Oesterle, Founder and Artistic Director
The Manhattan Girls Chorus is a nurturing community of fifty young women grades five through twelve from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds seeking an extraordinary music education and opportunities for performing excellence. It is free for every girl. In addition to helping each singer realize her full musical potential, we encourage mentoring relationships with women in the arts and other professions. Self-esteem, confidence, and leadership skills are cultivated through a community of love, respect, and support. Our hope for every young woman is for her to develop a lifelong passion for singing, serving others, and bringing her inner beauty to the world.
The Chorus, founded in 2011, made their Carnegie Hall debut in October 2012 in the New York premiere of Noam Sheriff’s Mechaye Hametim with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Thomas Hampson, and MasterVoices. Most recently, they were honored to perform at the United Nations Ambassadors’ Ball for the Secretary Generals’ farewell event with Steven Tyler. They also performed at Carnegie Hall for the Rainforest Fund with Sting, Idina Menzel, and Vittorio Grigòlo, and recently completed a recording of the opera Le dernier sorcier, which has just recently been rediscovered after 150 years. The Chorus recorded the opera with acclaimed artists Eric Owens, Jamie Barton, Camille Zamora, Monica Yunus, Adriana Zabala, Sarah Brailey, and Michael Slattery.
The Chorus previously performed Richard Strauss’ Feuersnot, Osvaldo Golijov’s Oceana, and Arrigo Boito’s Mefistofele with the American Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall.
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