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The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay

Recognized as the premier choral ensemble in Tampa Bay and praised by music critics from both the Tampa Bay Times and The Tampa Tribune, as "one of the country's finest choirs,"  “an amazing instrument,” and a “cultural treasure,” The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay has consistently delivered some of the most profoundly moving music performances in the area.

Under the direction of Music and Artistic Director Dr. James K. Bass, The Master Chorale is an auditioned, highly select 150-voice volunteer chorus embracing a broad representation of singers from the entire Tampa Bay area. The Master Chorale serves Tampa Bay and west central Florida with a mission to advance the art of choral music by performing great works of the past, commissioning and performing new literature, and sharing the joy and power of choral music with new and existing audiences and singers.

With internationally distributed recordings and important commissions from contemporary compositional powerhouses, the chorale is consistently advancing the needle in our industry.  Since its founding by Dr. Robert Summer in 1979, the chorale has produced at least one major choral-orchestral work each year. These performances include J.S. Bach's Passion According to St. Matthew, Beethoven's Missa Solemnis, Felix Mendelssohn's Elijah, and Mahler's Symphony No. 8, which was performed with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and others under the direction of Robert Shaw. The chorale has regularly commissioned some of the most important contemporary composers including Eric Whitacre (Lux Aurumque), Paul Basler (Missa Kenya), Alice Parker (The Rock and the River), René Clausen (Jubilate Deo), and Jake Runestad (We Can Mend the Sky), to name a few.

In addition to traditional concerts, the chorale performs a variety of outreach activities throughout the Tampa Bay community. The Master Chorale of Tampa Bay is designated as the Principal Chorus of The Florida Orchestra and Artist in Residence at the University of South Florida College of the Arts School of Music.

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