The Yale Choral Artists is a professional choir recently founded by the Yale School of Music and the Yale Glee Club to enhance and enrich Yale's strong commitment to the choral arts. The choir is a project-based ensemble comprised of leading singers from around the country and is directed by School of Music faculty member Jeffrey Douma. Current members of the Choral Artists also perform in the ranks of such acclaimed ensembles as the Trinity Wall Street Choir, Chanticleer, the Handel and Haydn Society Chorus, the Oregon Bach Festival Chorus, Voices of Ascension, Conspirare, and many others, and are also leading concert soloists, particularly in the area of early music.
The Yale Choral Artists made their debut in an all-Handel program led by guest conductor William Christie at Yale and in Zankel Hall in February of 2012. In June of 2012, the Choral Artists performed a program of contemporary American music as a featured ensemble at the first Yale International Choral Festival. During their residence at the festival, they also mentored current Yale undergraduate singers and the festival's Conducting Fellows, and collaborated on a performance of Bach and Vivaldi with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group.