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We're proud to present a broad and innovative range of choral programs, from the classic to the contemporary.

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Central City Chorus, one of the premier mid-sized choruses in New York City, is now enjoying its 36th Season. Currently in residence at St. Ignatius of Antioch Episcopal Church in Manhattan, the Chorus performs music of all periods, from a cappella compositions to works for chorus and orchestra, from countries around the world. The Chorus’s repertoire includes performances of the Brahms Requiem, Mozart’s Mass in C Minor, J.S. Bach’s Magnificat and Christmas Oratorio, and the rarely-heard Requiem by Frederick Delius. In recent years, the Chorus has collaborated with the Park Avenue Chamber Symphony in a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony at Riverside Church, with the Astoria Symphony in a performance of Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and with the Empire State Youth Orchestra in a performance of William Walton’s Belshazzar’s Feast.

rehearsal photosCentral City Chorus is a strong advocate for contemporary music, and enjoys an active and successful commissioning program. Commissioned composers include James Bassi, whose work, Harpsonnets, was given its world premiere by the Chorus in 2004. Harpsonnets was accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in 2006. Other commissioned composers include Elliot Z. Levine, founder of the internationally-acclaimed a cappella ensemble Western Wind, and Kristin Kuster, composition faculty member at the University of Michigan Ann Arbor. Additionally, the Chorus has given several New York City premieres, including Emma Lou Diemer’s cantata, A Feast for Christmas (“a major addition to the choral repertoire” Choral Journal), Steve Heitzig’s choral suite, Leaf Songs, based on the poetry of the American poet Wendell Berry, and Carol Barnett’s The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass.

Phillip Cheah, Music Director, Conductor, vocalist, pianist, and teacher Phillip Cheah is the Music Director of the Central City Chorus and of Guildsingers, a medieval music consort of voices. He is a member of the professional choir at the Church of St. Luke in the Fields and the Bach Choir of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, as well as a staff accompanist at The Brearley School. More >