Setting the standard for choral excellence for 98 years, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the prestigious Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. Following a sold-out performance in Dallas in 2013, the Westminster Choir makes a return appearance at Church of the Incarnation on January 17.
The ensemble’s 2018-2019 season includes concert tours in Beijing, China; Texas and Oklahoma; performances at the American Choral Directors Association’s National Conference in Kansas City; concerts and broadcasts at its home in Princeton; its annual residency at the Spoleto Festival USA and the release of a new recording titled Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir. Recent seasons have included performances of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields at the historic Roebling WireWorks as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project, a concert tour of Spain and performances at the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona.
The Westminster Choir has been hailed by audiences and critics for its creative programing and ability to deeply engage listeners. Its performance of John Adams’ El Niño, conducted by Joe Miller, at the 2014 Spoleto Festival USA was praised by The New York Times as “... superb. Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.”
The Westminster Choir’s has been recording choral masterworks for nine decades. The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.” Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, the most recorded mezzo-soprano of our era, and organist Ken Cowan. It was the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noël – A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin. The choir’s debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir & Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.”
Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time. The Symphonic Choir’s 2018-2019 season includes a performance of Handel’s Messiah with The Philadelphia Orchestra conducted by Yannick Nézet-Séguin and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Jonathan Cohen, as well as Mozart’s Requiem with The Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Bernard Labadie and with the New York Philharmonic conducted by Manfred Honek.