The Kansas City Chorale is a professional choir of 12 men and 12 women. The concert season runs from September through April, with 10 season performances each year. Additionally, the Chorale performs several contract concerts during the year in various locations across the country.
Rehearsals are generally held on Friday and Sunday evenings. Season performances are usually Saturday, Sunday and/or Tuesday. Membership in the Chorale requires a strong commitment to the art, the excellence, and your colleagues in the choir.Auditions for the 2012-2013 will be held in July and August.
If you would like to be considered for the 2012/2013 season please e-mail us with subject line "AUDITION" if you would like to set up an appointment: EMAIL THE CHORALE
. Please include information about your education, experience and voice characteristics.
Since the debut performance in 1982, the Kansas City Chorale has provided audiences with a high caliber of choral artistry, performing a historically diverse repertoire of both new and traditional music. With Charles Bruffy’s
leadership the choir has garnered international recognition for artistic merit, having been praised for their refined sound, phrasing and flawless intonation. As a cornerstone of the performing arts community, the Chorale creates concert programs and recordings that educate, engage and inspire listeners. The choir’s ongoing outreach efforts facilitate the development of local talent, while providing students and their instructors with the opportunity to learn from world-class vocalists.
With the opening of the renowned Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts
in September 2011, the Chorale will now be able to perform in one of the most acoustically advanced concert halls in the country. The Phoenix Chorale
will join the Kansas City Chorale in an exhilarating inaugural performance in the Kauffman Center’s Helzberg Hall this May, including Whitacre's "Leonardo," Mantyjarvi's "Canticum Calamitatis," Golovanov's "Otche Nash," and masterpieces of Russian composer Georgy Vasilevich Sviridov.
Beyond the traditional season of local concerts, Bruffy has brought the choir’s talent to the global stage. In 2009, Bruffy led the Kansas City Chorale and the Phoenix Chorale in a moving performance at the Alice Tully Hall in New York City’s Lincoln Center. Highlights from the a capella concert included “Canticum Calamitatis Maritimae” by Jaakko Mantyjarvi and “Drei Geistliche Gesänge” by the 19th-century composer Josef Rheinberger. The New York Times review noted Bruffy “seemed to be sculpturing in air: carefully molding each finely hued note he coaxed from his choristers,” and the “choirs performed with a buoyant pulse and energetic finesse.” In the same year, the Chorale was invited as one of four choral groups, the only one from the United States, to perform at the Incheon Choral Festival in South Korea, a festival celebrating the culture and growth of the city.
The Kansas City Chorale has an award-winning collection of albums with Chandos Records. In 2007, the Chorale’s recording of Grechaninov’s “Passion Week” received a Grammy award for Best Engineered Classical Album, along with four other nominations, including Best Classical Album. The Chorale will continue expanding their discography
with the 2012 release of “Life and Breath, the Music of René Clausen”
and “Modern Russian Masters”
set to be released in 2013.