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Jul 12, 2022

NEWTON, MA – Commonwealth Chorale announces the appointment of Dr. Michael Driscoll as its next Artistic Director beginning with the 2022 – 2023 season. Driscoll assumes the position following the retirement of David Carrier who led the group for forty-three years.

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May 13, 2022

Masked, but not silenced....

Jan 02, 2022

During the spring of 2021, individual recordings of Chorale Members were combined to create a Virtual Commonwealth Chorale performance of Randall Thompson's "The Road Not Taken".   



Sep 22, 2021

What a joy to be rehearsing in person again!

After a year of zoom rehearsals, it was wonderful to see each other again and to hear more than our own voices. We were distanced from each other, and wearing masks, but we could again be part of a...

Nov 20, 2019

November 16, 2019


In celebration of David Carrier’s 40 years as Music Director of Commonwealth Chorale, an oratorio for chorus and chamber orchestra as well as soprano and tenor soloists was commissioned.  The oratorio, As We Are Changed, was composed by Commonwealth...

Nov 20, 2019

The Chorale celebrated David Carrier's 40 years as its Artistic Director

Oct 27, 2017

From the Newton Tab November 25, 2017:

On Saturday, November 11, 2017, at 8 pm, Commonwealth Chorale celebrates the extraordinary legacy of America’s first woman composer, Amy Beach, with a performance of her Grand Mass in E-flat Major, Opus 5.


Sep 03, 2017

Commonwealth Chorale presents “Triumph and Homecoming”, part of Newton’s Festival of the Arts, Saturday, May 13, 2017 8 pm, at Second Church in Newton, 60 Highland Street, West Newton.

 Music Director David Carrier has chosen four composers, four unique styles that bring drama, nostalgia...

Jul 29, 2015

Founded in 1976 as Newton Choral Society, in our fortieth season we’ve changed our name to Commonwealth Chorale to better reflect our growth. While we began as a group of mostly Newton residents performing for Newton audiences, today we attract talented singers and large audiences from across...

May 01, 2014

Patricia Van Ness and Newton Choral Society together again.

Poet and composer Patricia Van Ness sits in the chancel of Eliot church and listens to Newton Choral Society rehearse the piece she wrote for them 6 years earlier. Nocturnes will be repeated in the upcoming final concert...

Sep 02, 2013

NCS Newsletter September 2013

From the Top:

Music Director David Carrier has announced the Newton Choral Society’s 2013-2014 concert season. (See sidebar “upcoming events.”) Our 38th season, “Journeys of Transformation,” surveys innovations in sacred...

Aug 26, 2013

Tranquility and Solace - Fauré’s Requiem and more:

Our season concludes on May 11 (details in sidebar) with five compositions, each of which elicits a sense of tranquility and solace: Fauré’s Requiem and Cantique de Jean Racine, Palestrina's...



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