We are an 80-member auditioned amateur chorus performing a broad repertoire of choral music in the classical genre. Founded in 1976 as the Newton Choral Society, we changed our name to Commonwealth Chorale in 2015 to better reflect the reach of our membership.
Touching the heart
Commonwealth Chorale strives to create musical performances that delight and touch the hearts of audience and performers alike by bringing to life the expressive power and intent of the composer. We will not have done our job if you leave a Commonwealth Chorale concert unmoved.
Now in its 45th year, the 2021-22 season will be the last for our inspiring music director, David Carrier. After 40 seasons under David’s baton, Commonwealth Chorale has developed a reputation as one of the finer amateur choruses in the Boston area.
Commonwealth Chorale presents both masterpieces and new works. We are committed to performing works by local composers or with ties to Massachusetts. Our most recent commission is a work by Carson Cooman, As We Are Changed, honoring David Carrier’s forty years with the Chorale. Other commissions include works by Alan Fletcher, James Woodman, Patricia Van Ness, Julian Wachner, and Charles Shadle. We have taken on challenging works that amateur groups rarely tackle, such as Poulenc's Mass in G and Milhaud's Psaumes. We believe in growing and stretching musically and work to make each performance our best. Commonwealth Chorale takes pride in our collaborations with prestigious soloists, orchestras and choral groups. Amy Beach’s rarely performed Grand Mass in E-flat Major, accompanied by the New England Philharmonic Orchestra, was the highlight of our 2017-18 season. During the 2018-2019 season the Chorale performed Rachmaninoff’s The Bells with the New England Philharmonic Orchestra and Verdi’s Requiem with the Metropolitan Chorale. We have performed with the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Orchestra, Greater Youth Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the New Philharmonia. We have sung at Carnegie Hall in New York, Symphony Hall and Jordan Hall in Boston, and Sanders Theatre in Cambridge. Commonwealth Chorale presents both beloved masterpieces and new works we frequently commission. We have taken on challenging works that non-professional groups rarely tackle, such as Poulenc's Mass in G and Milhaud's Psaumes. Our most recent commission, in 2019, is a work by Carson Cooman, As We Are Changed, in honor of Maestro Carrier’s forty years with the Chorale. We believe in growing and stretching musically, and we think it's fun.
Commonwealth Chorale attracts singers from the metropolitan Boston area. It is member-run, relying on volunteers to take on the many duties that keep the chorus growing and thriving. We welcome singers of all ethnic, racial and gender-identity groups. If you are interested in auditioning for us, click here.