Celebrating its 43rd season in 2014-2015, the Hartford Chorale has, through the years, become greater Hartford’s primary symphonic chorus, especially in its critically acclaimed collaborations with the Hartford, New Haven, New Britain and Hartt School Symphonies. Established in 1972 by founding director Henley Denmead, and under the musical direction of Maestro Richard Coffey since 2005, the chorale reaches out to and inspires the widest possible audience with exceptional performances of a broad range of choral literature, including the renowned choral masterpieces.
The Hartford Chorale is made up of 170 men and women, mostly from central Connecticut with others traveling from Massachusetts and Rhode Island for weekly rehearsals in West Hartford. The Chorale offers talented and experienced singers opportunities to study and perform at a professional level, while internship programs make it possible for gifted high school and college musicians to rehearse and perform with the Chorale and Connecticut orchestras. Led by a 25-member Board of Governors (most of whom are themselves performers), chorale members sustain and manage their own organization through their volunteer service, fund-raising and dues payments. Professional section leaders provide vocal and musical leadership.
While the Chorale performs most often in the Greater Hartford area, the ensemble has also been heard at Carnegie Hall as well as in Providence, Worcester, Storrs, New Haven and other central Connecticut towns. In June 2008, members of the Chorale traveled to Asia where they performed with the New York Choral Society in the Cultural Olympiad, a showcase of the arts preceding the Olympic Games in Beijing and Qingdao, China. The two ensembles were the only American choirs so honored. Previous tours have taken the Chorale to Europe and to the city of Shanghai.
The Hartford Chorale Chamber Singers, a select group of Chorale members, is dedicated to community outreach and education.
The Hartford Chorale offers full-scholarship high school and college internships, and a Continuing Education Unit program for music educators. To inquire about joining others in our community in providing financial support for the chorale’s work, or to engage the Chamber Singers or inquire about auditions or educational programs, please visit www.hartfordchorale.org or contact the Chorale office at email@example.com or (860) 547-1982.