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North Carolina Master Chorale

North Carolina Master Chorale Presenting performances of fine choral music in the Raleigh area (and beyond) for over 75 years. The North Carolina Master Chorale boasts a 170-voice symphonic chorus and a 22-voice chamber choir.

The NCMC ensembles presents concerts of fine choral music in Raleigh, NC and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @NCMasterChorale

The NCMC ensembles presents concerts of fine choral music in Raleigh, NC and beyond. Follow us on Twitter @NCMasterChorale

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Join us May 22nd, 7:00pm, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church for our first Youth Choir Concert!​Conductor Dan Monek and o...
05/11/2022
North Carolina Master Chorale

Join us May 22nd, 7:00pm, at St. Michael's Episcopal Church for our first Youth Choir Concert!

Conductor Dan Monek and our students present various works culminating this first season of NCMC Youth Choir. The concert is free and open to the public.

#freeconcert #choralmusic #youthchoir

Founded in 1942, the North Carolina Master Chorale is committed to bringing the very finest in choral music performance to Triangle audiences.

This weekend we celebrated more than just Mozart and Handel. Our fabulous Master Chorale accompanist celebrated her 20th...
05/04/2022

This weekend we celebrated more than just Mozart and Handel. Our fabulous Master Chorale accompanist celebrated her 20th season with us!

We are so grateful for the artistry, generosity, and partnership of Susan McClaskey Lohr. Congratulations! 🎉

#celebrate #anniversary #pianist #collaborativeaccompanist #ncmc

(photo cred: Denny Colvin)

What a great way to end our 79th Season! Thank you to our wonderful audience, Christ Baptist Church for their wonderful ...
05/02/2022

What a great way to end our 79th Season! Thank you to our wonderful audience, Christ Baptist Church for their wonderful space, and Denny Colvin for the pictures!

Stay tuned for information about our exciting 80th Season, and hear us one last time this season in a few weeks for Beethoven's Ninth with the North Carolina Symphony.

Introducing tonight’s soloists for Mozart and Handel: Vespers and Dixit Dominus! Sarah Brailey, soprano; Luthien Bracket...
04/29/2022

Introducing tonight’s soloists for Mozart and Handel: Vespers and Dixit Dominus! Sarah Brailey, soprano; Luthien Brackett, mezzo-soprano; Daniel Shirley, tenor; and Lewis Moore, baritone/bass. Don’t miss these gifted vocalists along with our Youth Choir, Chamber Choir, and 170-voice Symphonic Choir at 7:30, Christ Baptist Church on Newton Road in Raleigh. Tickets available at the door!

04/27/2022

Join us Friday night at 7:30 for Mozart’s "Vespers" and Handel’s "Dixit Dominus" at Christ Baptist Church in North Raleigh!
#chorale #choralmusic #choir #handel #mozart

For our season finale on Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm, the "wall of sound" of our full choir will present Mozart's masterw...
04/19/2022

For our season finale on Friday, April 29 at 7:30pm, the "wall of sound" of our full choir will present Mozart's masterwork, Vesperae solennes de confessore (Solemn Vespers for a Confessor), K. 339 with chamber orchestra. Our youth choir will join the singers for the “Laudate Dominum” movement. Come hear this timeless masterwork as well as Handel's Dixit Dominus at Christ Baptist Church in Raleigh!

Tickets: https://ncmasterchorale.square.site/product/mozart-and-handel-4206/20

📷: Denny Colvin

04/13/2022

Roland Carter conducts our Symphonic Choir in his setting of "Ride On, Jesus." Thank you to Maestro Carter, soloist Antonio Chase, and Christ Baptist Church for a wonderful concert this past Saturday!

Warmups have begun! Join us at 2:00pm!Tickets available at the door @Christ Baptist Church
04/09/2022

Warmups have begun! Join us at 2:00pm!

Tickets available at the door @Christ Baptist Church

04/08/2022

Our Symphonic Choir was thrilled to welcome Maestro Roland Carter this week in rehearsal. Hear 170 voices perform four of his compositions tomorrow at Christ Baptist Church.

#sing #spirituals #choir #chorus

04/07/2022

Music Director Al Sturgis invites you to hear the Symphonic Choir THIS SATURDAY! Join us at Christ Baptist Church at 2pm for music by Adolphus Hailstork, Roland Carter, and more.

Learn more and purchase tickets to "I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes" here: https://www.ncmasterchorale.org/season

Singer Amber Brown shared this after last night’s rehearsal: “It’s not every day that you get to sing a Roland Carter sp...
04/06/2022

Singer Amber Brown shared this after last night’s rehearsal: “It’s not every day that you get to sing a Roland Carter spiritual under the direction of Roland Carter himself…what an experience.” Come hear Amber and around 170 of her fellow singers perform Maestro Carter’s works and other songs of hope and light at Christ Baptist Church Saturday, April 9, at 2:00pm. Tickets are available at the door or at ncmasterchorale.org.

#rolandcarter #spirituals #hailstork #choralmusic #raleigharts #raleighmusic

We celebrated our donors at a reception following the Soldiers in Song performance on March 22. It was a treat to mix an...
04/05/2022

We celebrated our donors at a reception following the Soldiers in Song performance on March 22. It was a treat to mix and mingle with our generous patrons and the members of the U.S. Army Chorus including their Director, Lieutenant Colonel Daniel Toven!

We rely on the steadfast support of our donors to present the high-quality musical programming the NC Master Chorale is known for each season. To learn more about the ways you can financially support our concerts, outreach, and educational programs, visit ncmasterchorale.org.

Our guest soloist for Saturday's concert is tenor Antonio Chase. A native of Baltimore, MD, Chase has been featured as t...
04/03/2022

Our guest soloist for Saturday's concert is tenor Antonio Chase. A native of Baltimore, MD, Chase has been featured as tenor soloist in several large oratorio works performed throughout the east coast, which include Bach Magnificat; Durufle Requiem; Handel Messiah; Saint Sael Christmas Oratorio; and the Adolphus Hailstork I Will Lift up Mine Eyes in which he is also the featured soloist in the Maryland Public Television recording featuring the Morgan State University Choir.

Mr. Chase is a graduate of Morgan State University and has been a participant in the Baltimore Summer Opera Workshop, Maryland Lyrics Opera Summer Institute. He has since performed with the Mid-Atlantic Symphony and Chesapeake Youth Symphony Orchestras under the baton of Maestro Julien Benichou.

Antonio has toured South America with the Harl Opera Theater in Concert performances of African American music and composers. Antonio is a proud member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia Fraternity of America INC., The AKOBEN Foundation INC., and The Washington National Opera Chorus. He recognizes the growth and strength of his talent can be attributed to the foundation led at the Baltimore School for the Arts, also working with coaches and teachers such as Lauretta Young, Robert Cantrell, Paul Spence Adkins, and Vincent Dion Stringer.

You can hear Antonio this Saturday, April 9, at Christ Baptist Church. Tickets are available here and will be at the door: https://ncmasterchorale.square.site/product/i-will-lift-up-mine-eyes-4201/9

One of the selections for our concert next Saturday is "Meet Me Here," from Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew S...
03/31/2022
Meet Me Here - Craig Hella Johnson

One of the selections for our concert next Saturday is "Meet Me Here," from Craig Hella Johnson's "Considering Matthew Shepard." Our own Casey Eaton will sing the beautiful solo.

From the composer:

“Matt Shepard and his story have led me on an inspiring, challenging and deeply meaningful journey that I continue to this day. In composing Considering Matthew Shepard I wanted to create, within a musical framework, a space for reflection, consideration and unity around his life and legacy.”

Learn more about the full work: https://www.conspirare.org/considering-matthew-shepard/

And join us April 9th at 2:00pm:
https://ncmasterchorale.square.site/product/i-will-lift-up-mine-eyes-4201/9

Meet Me Here - Craig Hella Johnson. Performed by the Nebraska Wesleyan University choir. Soloist Kathleen Murray. Recorded on March 21st, 2021.

This time last week, we were excited to prepare for this wonderful concert! Thank you to the US Army Chorus for joining ...
03/29/2022

This time last week, we were excited to prepare for this wonderful concert! Thank you to the US Army Chorus for joining us and to Denny Colvin for capturing these images.

Tonight, we continue preparing for “I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes.” We hope you’ll join us next Saturday at Christ Baptist Church!

We're excited to welcome Roland Carter to the podium on April 9th, 2pm, at Christ Baptist Church.Maestro Carter is The R...
03/25/2022

We're excited to welcome Roland Carter to the podium on April 9th, 2pm, at Christ Baptist Church.

Maestro Carter is The Ruth S. Holmberg Professor Emeritus of American Music at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC); he served UTC for twenty-four years and was Director of Choirs and Department Head at his undergraduate, alma mater, Hampton University for twenty-five years. Both appointments included stints as head and chair of the departments respectively.

He will join the Symphonic Choir as we present works by Beethoven, Forrest, and Hailstork. The choir will also sing Carter’s own works Ride On, Jesus; Rise, Shine, for the Light Is A’Coming; Steal Away, and Hold Fast to Dreams.

Learn more about Roland Carter and purchase tickets to I Will Lift Up Mine Eyes on our website: www.ncmasterchorale.org.

Last night was glorious. Thank you to our enthusiastic, appreciative audience and of course to LTC Daniel Toven and the ...
03/23/2022
NCMC SOLDIERS IN SONG Review HD 1080p

Last night was glorious. Thank you to our enthusiastic, appreciative audience and of course to LTC Daniel Toven and the U.S. Army Chorus.

🎥: Denny Colvin

30 seconds (of music) "Fair Use" clip in support of posted review

03/22/2022

The soldiers have arrived, and we’re ready! We’ll see you tonight at 7:30 in Meymandi Concert Hall. The Box Office will open at 6:30pm - tickets available at the door!

Selections from tonight’s concert include, “One Day More,” from Les Miserables, Shenandoah, Zion’s Walls, My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, Battle Hymn of the Republic, as well as works by Brahms, Schumann, and Bruckner.

We hope you’ll come hear our #soldiers in song tomorrow night at Meymandi Concert Hall @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Ti...
03/21/2022

We hope you’ll come hear our #soldiers in song tomorrow night at Meymandi Concert Hall @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium.

Tickets: https://ncmasterchorale.square.site

03/17/2022

Music Director Al Sturgis invites you to Soldiers in Song - Tuesday night in the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Members of #pershingsown U.S. Army Chorus will join us on the stage of Meymandi Concert Hall, and we hope to see you there!

Tickets are on sale now and will be available at the door: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D005AFE84783C71

03/11/2022

Join us March 22nd at #MeymandiConcertHall in #downtownRaleigh. We'll perform songs of #patriotism and #freedom by #copeland, #wilhousky, #brahms, #schumann, and more!

With members of #PershingsOwn, celebrate the spirit of #America with over 200 #performers. Tickets available at www.ncmasterchorale.org and Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts @decraleigh

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all, and thank you to our incredible altos and sopranos! #alto #soprano #singers #chora...
03/08/2022

Happy #InternationalWomensDay to all, and thank you to our incredible altos and sopranos!

#alto #soprano #singers #choral

Repost • @unitedartscounc Here is just some of what #BigNightIn 2021 made possible: –$115,000 increase in mission suppor...
03/07/2022

Repost • @unitedartscounc Here is just some of what #BigNightIn 2021 made possible:

–$115,000 increase in mission support grants to arts organizations in Wake County
–$37,000 in COVID-19 relief grants to seven arts organizations in Orange County
–$65,000 in Covid-19 relief grants to 41 arts organizations, 15 individual artists, and supporting arts integration programs in 47 schools in Durham County
–the creation of a new (soon to be announced!) Survive to Thrive arts organization support model in Chatham County

We are gearing up for Big Night In for the Arts 2022 on Thursday, March 10, featuring @hissgoldenmessenger, @actualbenfolds, @nnennafreelon, @jabuworld, @markhewittpottery, and @greenjaki.

Show your support for local artists – make plans to tune into @wral on March 10 at 7 p.m.!

bignightin.org

In a time of war and unrest, we must support our troops and their families who sacrifice so much. The NC Master Chorale ...
03/04/2022
When Johnny Comes Marching Home

In a time of war and unrest, we must support our troops and their families who sacrifice so much. The NC Master Chorale is proud to partner with the US Army Chorus for our March 22nd show at Meymandi Concert Hall: Soldiers in Song. Until then, here's a rendition of "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," written during the Civil War with a message of hope that is relevant today.

https://youtu.be/UUMyZVnbv7w

NCMC Chamber Choir sings "When Johnny Comes Marching Home," arr. Wilhousky, as part of their War and Peace Concert; Friday, March 12, 2017. Al Sturgis conduc...

Hear members of the The United States Army Band's Chorus On March 22nd in Meymandi Concert Hall @ Raleigh Memorial Audit...
02/28/2022
The Battle Hymn of the Republic - The United States Army Chorus

Hear members of the The United States Army Band's Chorus On March 22nd in Meymandi Concert Hall @ Raleigh Memorial Auditorium. Members of Pershing's Own will join our Symphonic Choir for a concert of Americana favorites.

Purchase tickets here: https://www.ticketmaster.com/event/2D005AFE84783C71 and click the vido below to hear "The Battle Hymn of the Republic," which we'll perform with the chorus!

#chorus #chorale #sing #usarmy #pershingsown #battlehymn #meymandi #raleigh #usarmychorus #USA

Here's one of the most popular pieces in our repertoire, "The Battle Hymn of the Republic". For more information on The United States Army Band "Pershing's O...

Photos from NC ACDA's post
02/28/2022

Photos from NC ACDA's post

What a lovely program yesterday!
02/25/2022

What a lovely program yesterday!

The Chorale often performs arrangements by Black composers and lyricists. The contributions of Black musicians to the ch...
02/24/2022
Stand by Me, arr. Moses Hogan

The Chorale often performs arrangements by Black composers and lyricists. The contributions of Black musicians to the choral music repertoire are vast, and one of our favorites arrangers is Moses Hogan. A church musician from an early age in his hometown of New Orleans, Hogan went on to study at Oberlin, Juilliard, and in Vienna and published many choral compositions in his lifetime. He is well-known for his moving settings of traditional spirituals. Listen to the Chorale's performance of his arrangement of "Stand by Me."

https://youtu.be/tdMTzBj9TyE

When the storms of life are raging, stand by me. With spring, rising vaccinations, and reopening on the horizon, our hopes are dashed by gun violence and ong...

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One of the major choral organizations of the Southeast, the North Carolina Master Chorale has been performing choral-orchestral masterworks for more than 75 years. Under the direction of Alfred E. Sturgis since 1993, the Master Chorale presents a diverse repertoire

from the Renaissance to Contemporary with ensembles ranging from 16-voices to 170-voices. Our singers, selected by audition, bring a collective wealth of training and experience. The Master Chorale regularly collaborates with symphony orchestras, opera companies, ballet and touring productions. Music Director and conductor Sturgis holds multiple degrees in music and performed with Robert Shaw in the U.S. and Europe. In addition to the Master Chorale, Maestro Sturgis serves as Music Director for the Carolina Ballet and the Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra. In 2015, the Master Chorale was named Resident Chorus of the North Carolina Symphony. Founded as the Raleigh Oratorio Society in 1942, Master Chorale has evolved into a major regional performing arts group that works with over 250 artist-musicians each season, reaching an annual audience of over 10,000 choral arts enthusiasts.

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My parents sang with the Raleigh Oratorio Society in the 1970's under Jim Marshall. My father, James Piver, was the tenor soloist for a number of years. Sadly, we have no recordings of it! I'm wondering if perhaps any of your current choir members or staff have connections or recordings from that time period. Our family would be so grateful if anyone can help us locate some of the recordings. We're so hopeful of finding some of Dad's solos in particular.
Loved tonite's performance! See you next year!!
If you didn't attend the North Carolina Master Chorale concert featuring Ralph Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, you missed a GREAT performance