About Us

In 1951, a group of Charlotte singers, under the direction of Earl F. Berg, founded the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte. The founding members envisioned a group that would perform great choral masterpieces, especially large-scale choral-orchestral works. The first concert, held at Myers Park United Methodist Church, was a production of Handel'sJudas Maccabaeus. The performance included 68 singers and was sponsored by the local chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

At the conclusion of the 1992-1993 Season, the Boards of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte and the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra merged the two organizations. The combined organizations were now able to produce large-scale choral works previously beyond the scope of either individual group.

In the fall of 2015, the name of the chorus changed to Charlotte Symphony Chorus. Then in the fall of 2018, the organization became an independent performing arts organization and changed its name to the current Charlotte Master Chorale. We remain the resident chorus of the Charlotte Symphony.

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Our Choruses

Charlotte Master Chorale

The Charlotte Master Chorale is made up of approximately 130 volunteer singers, many of whom hold graduate degrees in music. Membership is by audition with the Artistic Director and staff.

Chamber Singers

The Charlotte Master Chorale Chamber Singers is a smaller ensemble of voices from the main chorus selected through a competitive audition process. The ensemble has performed at Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, among others. 

Directors

Dr. Kenney Potter, 2015–present
Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, 2004–2015
Mr. David Tang, 1996–2004
Dr. Hugh F. Floyd, 1993–1995
Dr. Mary Nell Saunders, 1981–1993
Mr. Donald Plott, 1961–1981
Earl F. Berg, 1951–1960

Our Mission

To inspire unity in our community through extraordinary performances of diverse music.


Our Values

Inspiration

We embrace the power of choral music to illuminate, uplift, unify, and inspire.

Excellence

We pursue the highest artistic standards in repertoire and performance.

Education

We commit to creating and enhancing educational opportunities for singers and audiences.

Community

We reflect the diverse faces of our regional community in our membership and audience, and expand access to and appreciation of choral arts.

Collaboration

We encourage other local artistic endeavors with a spirit of support and collaboration.

Integrity

We respect the choral art and value the time and efforts of our musicians, our audience, and our supporters.