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Introducing The Complete Chorister

Back Bay Chorale has made the decision to postpone the originally scheduled 2020-2021 season to 2021-2022 due to the pandemic. But the postponement of our season does not mean we will be idle in the coming months. “This unique time provides us with an opportunity to step back and think deeply about the choral arts,” says Scott Allen Jarrett, Artistic Director. “Why do we sing? What is it about music that draws us together? And how does singing create such a strong sense of community?" To answer these questions, Back Bay Chorale is launching  The Complete Chorister, an innovative program that explores the mechanics of how music works and why it has such a profound impact on us as individuals and as a community.

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2020-21 Season Announced

We are pleased to announce our lineup for the 2020-21 season. We open our season on November 1 with Mendelssohn's "Elijah." December brings our tradtional family favorite, "A Boston Christmas." In March, "Honor & Remembrance" features a marvelous choral rendering of four Civil War poems by Walt Whitman. We close out our season with what is sure to be a thrilling night of music with: "Con Brio: Music of the Italian Baroque."

Elijah Postponed until November

Back Bay Chorale's performance of Mendelssohn's "Elijah," previously scheduled for May 8, will not take place as planned, due to ongoing concerns around COVID-19. The performance of "Elijah" will now kick off our 2020-21 season on  Sunday, November 1, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. at Sanders Theatre. Back Bay Chorale staff have been in communication with the soloists scheduled for May 8, and we hope that most of them, if not all, will accept our offer to appear with us in November.

Ticket holders for "Elijah" on May 8 will be contacted directly to determine how they would like us to handle their tickets. We hope you will consider converting your tickets into a tax-deductible donation, providing sorely needed support to Chorale, which faces significant losses in ticket revenue. Alternatively, we would be pleased to transfer your tickets to the performance of "Elijah" on November 1, or you may request a refund.

Thank You

On behalf of the musicians, board, and staff, thank you for your continued support of Back Bay Chorale. If you are in a position to assist us, every dollar or pledge will go towards meeting our current needs and planning for next season. We remain confident the Chorale will emerge stronger than ever on the other end of all of this, and we look forward to seeing you soon! 

Back Bay Chorale shares the power of voice, advancing the spirit of community.

Founded in 1973, the Back Bay Chorale is a 120-member auditioned chorus. For nearly 50 years, we have drawn talented singers from the greater Boston area to perform a repertoire that ranges from the Renaissance to the contemporary.

In addition to our annual concert series, the Chorale also shares music throughout the Boston community through our Bridges program. 

Musician, minister, and social activist Larry Hill founded the Back Bay Chorale  at Boston’s Church of the Covenant to create a musical ministry that would bring meaning to both singers and their audience.

In the years since Hill’s death in 1989, the Chorale has continued to grow in stature and is now regarded as one of Boston’s premier nonprofessional choruses.