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. They have since performed as a featured ensemble at the Yale International Choral Festival, the International Festival of Arts & Ideas, and the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, have performed with the renowned Mark Morris Dance Group and the Yale Philharmonia, and have presented premiere performances of new works for a cappella choir by Hannah Lash and Ted Hearne. Projects in the current season include their first collaboration with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra in a program of Britten and Pärt, and a performance of David Lang’s The National Anthems at the second Yale International Choral Festival.