About the Chorale
Commonwealth Chorale is a welcoming and inclusive auditioned chorus that attracts experienced singers from the metropolitan Boston area. Led by Artistic Director Dr. Michael Driscoll, Commonwealth Chorale is committed to performing the finest classical music from all periods and from a wide cross-section of composers. Past performances have included Amy Beach's Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Handel's Israel in Egypt, Haydn's The Creation, Vaughan Williams's Sea Symphony, Rachmaninoff's All-Night Vigil, Bloch's Sacred Service, Poulenc's Mass in G, and Requiem settings by Mozart, Brahms, Verdi, Fauré, and Duruflé. The Chorale has collaborated with the Metropolitan Chorale plus a number of orchestras including the Boston Pops, Boston Philharmonic, Boston Civic Symphony Orchestra, Concord Orchestra, the New Philharmonia, and the Newton Symphony Orchestra.
Commonwealth Chorale annually presents a 'Commonwealth Composer' concert that highlights the music of a composer with ties to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Past Commonwealth Composer concerts have included works by Carson Cooman, Randall Thompson, Amy Beach, Daniel Pinkham, and Richard St. Claire. The Commonwealth Chorale has also commissioned and premiered many works, including Carson Cooman's As We are Changed, Patricia Van Ness's Nocturnes, Alan Fletcher's That Hour of Gentleness, and James Woodman's Narcissus.
2022–2023 Board of Directors
President Carol Abrahams
VP Administration Michele Michaud Kinchla
VP Development Vacant
VP Marketing Neil MacGaffey
VP Finance Carol Fernandez
Recording Secretary Tricia Zuttermeister
Corresponding Secretary Jane MacDonald
VP Membership Michele Berman
Treasurer Ann Belanger
Assistant Treasurer Fran Gratz
At Large Judy Jacobs
Past President (non-voting) David Bean