Mission & History
Chorus pro Musica is known for innovative programming and superb performances of beloved classics and new works that inspire singers and listeners alike.
The chorus was founded in 1949 by the late Alfred Nash Patterson, one of the most influential forces in choral music in New England, and quickly built a superb reputation for its professional-level musical standards and innovative programming. Over the years, these strengths have led to collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Philharmonic, the New England Philharmonic, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Rhode Island Philharmonic, Craig Smith and Emmanuel Music, and the Boston Academy of Music, as well as various opera companies including Boston Concert Opera, the Opera Company of Boston, and Commonwealth Opera.
The chorus has twice received Grammy nominations for recordings made with the Boston Symphony Orchestra on the RCA label. Chorus pro Musica's dedication to new and rarely performed choral music has resulted in numerous Boston premieres, several American premieres, and at least two world premieres; the Poulenc Gloria and the Britten War Requiem.
For more on the history of Chorus pro Musica, read "Not Just Another Chorus," by David Frieze, program notes written for CpM's 50th anniversary celebration concert.
For more information about Chorus pro Musica (including a full list of works performed since 1949, press releases, radio ads, interviews, and past concert announcements), visit our chorus archives.