Now in its fifth decade, the Oratorio Chorale is a symphonic chorus of about 80 auditioned, professionally directed singers committed to advancing choral music through performances, educational and community outreach, and collaborations. The Chorale’s 2016–17 season, our fourth under the leadership of Director Emily Isaacson, includes five concert programs, with thirteen performances, plus three collaborative performances with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and Choral Arts. Our women’s chorus, Sweetest in the Gale, inaugurated last season, will perform at our “Sing We Noël” and “Baroque Beauties” programs. Our Young Artists Program, begun last season, enrolls five high school students as full participants in the Chorale. Students also receive free bi-weekly voice lessons with our artist-in-residence, Mary Sullivan.
The Oratorio Chorale is an independent organization of singers, which promotes the choral arts in mid-coast Maine. Its members seek personal musical growth and the joy of making music together. Under professional direction, they are committed to presenting public performances of the highest quality through diligent preparation and the best available musical resources.