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Masterworks Chorale Values

Excellence. We are committed to the constant improvement of our musical skills and performance presentation so that we share meaningful, enriching, transcendent musical experiences with our community/audience.

Enjoyment. We are happy to belong to and sing with the Chorale, and find participation rewarding and worthwhile.

Caring Culture. We foster a diverse, friendly, caring, respectful, open, honest, positive, trusting, supportive environment.

Creativity and Innovation. We have the creativity and courage to try original and imaginative approaches to our music and performances, while honoring the great traditions of choral music.

Community Partnership. We encourage community partnerships with those that share similar values, and actively reach out to share our music with the broader community.

Fiscal Responsibility. We use money wisely. Funds are spent in a manner that assures the best use of our resources for our music and to assure long-term viability of the Chorale.

Masterworks Chorale Mission

Masterworks Chorale offers inspired performances of exceptional choral music to enrich our community, creating a meaningful experience for patron and performer.

Founded in 1964 by the late Galen Marshall, Artistic Director Emeritus, Masterworks Chorale is a much-loved Bay-Area institution, treasured for its warmth of tone, technical excellence, and commitment to the local community.  Richard Garrin was Music Director from 1997-2002. Dr. Bryan Baker has been Artistic Director of the Chorale since the Fall of 2002.

Each season, the Chorale performs 3 to 4 pairs of concerts, accompanied by some of the Bay Area's leading professional musicians. In addition, Masterworks is regularly joined by professional vocal soloists who also appear with leading symphony orchestras and opera companies throughout North America and Europe.

Our guest appearances have included performances with the San Francisco Symphony, San Francisco Opera, Redwood Symphony, Peninsula Symphony, San Jose Symphony, and the Cabrillo Festival. This year, we were thrilled to win a coveted Best of the Bay award from San Francisco Classical Voice for our performance of the Verdi Requiem. We have also received critical acclaim during European tours, a tour of the People's Republic of China, and performances at Avery Fisher Hall and Carnegie Hall.

Under Dr. Baker, Masterworks has become a committed sponsor for new choral music.  In 2016, we co-commissioned a new piece by Bob Chilcott.   This season, we are hugely excited to sing the world premiere(!) of a new piece by the Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo.  Outside the spotlight of performance, we are equally passionate about our outreach activities. Our workshops and mobile mini-concerts bring music making to children in underserved communities, seniors with memory loss, veterans and homeless families, bringing the transformative power of song into the very heart of our community.

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