ChoralFest USA was created to delight and inspire audiences with performances of choral works written by American composers since the time of Aaron Copland, the dean of American composers. Our first event in 2015 was a huge success.
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We are currently expanding repertoire choices to include non-American composers as well, both past and present. Choirs from across the country may apply. We look forward to our next marathon concert on Saturday, June 4, 2016 from 3-10PM, If your choir is interested in performing, please download, fill in and return the application.


About ChoralFest USA

  • This annual event, held at Symphony Space on Broadway and 95th Street in New York City, features over a dozen choirs from the New York region and beyond, singing in a FREE marathon concert. Each choir selected through the application process will perform for 15 to 20 minutes. Audience members may come and go, or remain the entire time.


    The final performance will include the audience plus choir members in a sing-along of Randall Thompson’s most popular work, “Alleluia.” Our hope and dream is to give choirs public exposure in an important New York City venue, to inspire choir directors to explore the vast repertoire of American and other choral music for future concerts, and to instill and reinforce a love of choral music to audience members.


    In the evening the legendary Professor Peter Schickele will appear with The Canticum Novum Singers and members of Amor Artis in a performance of his "Go For Broke", a comedy for chorus and narrator (Peter Schickele). To guarantee a seat, you can purchase tickets below at $40 apiece. Those who purchase tickets will have reserved seats in the first rows of the theater throughout the day.

ChoralFest USA 2016

June 4, 2016 from 3:00-10 PM at Symphony Space,
Broadway and 95th St., New York, NY

reserve your seats

Special Guest: Peter Schickele (a/k/a P.D.Q. Bach)
joins The Canticum Novum Singers in a performance of
his comedic madrigal “Go For Broke.”
Mr. Schickele is the leading musical satirist of our time and
the inventor of P.D.Q. Bach.


Past ChoralFest Participating Choirs

Zamir Chorale
Riverside Church Inspirational Choir
Voices of Gotham
Connecticut Chamber Choir
Empire City Men’s Chorus
New Amsterdam Singers
The Canticum Novum Singers
The New York Virtuoso Singers


How to Participate

  • Please download > and fill in the informational form to apply for participation in the June 4, 2016 concert.


    Applications must include a proposed repertoire of music (15 to 20 minutes total, including pauses) and links to audio/visual samples of the choir in performance. There are no application fees or participation fees for choirs performing in ChoralFest USA.


    Choirs may present a cappella music or music for choir and instruments. All ensembles using instruments other than a piano will provide their own players and instruments at their own expense. A piano will be available to choirs for the concert.

We will make full use of social media, as well as print and broadcast outlets, and online calendars, to market this event. Each performing choir will be listed on our website and in our press releases.

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