Brief History

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Chorus America was founded in 1977 to gain greater recognition and funding support for professional choruses. A small group of conductors, led by the late Michael Korn, music director of the Philadelphia Singers, came together to form the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles, in part to ensure that choruses would be eligible for support by the fledgling National Endowment for the Arts, the federal agency supporting arts in the U.S. By the end of its first year, APVE had 45 chorus members and began the tradition of hosting annual conferences.

In 1993, the organization changed its name to Chorus America, welcoming choruses of every kind, and in 1998 moved its office from Philadelphia to Washington, DC. Chorus America now has about 2,000 members, including choruses, individuals, businesses, and organizations.

Charter Members

  • Dino Anagnost, Orpheon Chorale
  • Betty Baisch, Choral Associates
  • Raymond Beegle, New York Vocal Arts Ensemble
  • Edward Cansino & Jeannine Wagner, i cantori
  • Robert DeCormier, DeCormier Singers
  • Walter Gould, Century Artists Bureau
  • William Hall, William Hall Chorale
  • Beverly Henson, Oklahoma Chorale
  • Paul Hill, The Paul Hill Chorale
  • Margaret Hillis, Chicago Symphony Chorus
  • Orland Johnson, Johnson Singers
  • Martin Josman, National Chorale
  • Michael Korn, The Philadelphia Singers
  • Norman Luboff, Norman Luboff Choir
  • Frank Ledlie Moore, Novello Publications
  • Mel Olson, First United Methodist Church of Omaha
  • Robert Page, Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
  • Howard Roberts, Howard Roberts Chorale
  • Hugh Ross, Schola Cantorum
  • Norman Scribner, Choral Arts Society of Washington
  • Gregg Smith, Gregg Smith Singers
  • Wayne Strongman, Tapestry Singers (Toronto)
  • Roger Wagner, Roger Wagner Chorale & Los Angeles Master Chorale
  • Richard Westenberg, Musica Sacra