The New York-based Manhattan Chorale enters the community of choral performance as a one-of-a-kind professional choir dedicated to outstanding performance, education advocacy, and proactive arts administration. Manhattan Chorale serves as ensemble-in-residence with Manhattan Concert Productions and is housed in its own rehearsal facility in midtown Manhattan. One half of the chorale roster is filled by full time members engaged for their singing and administrative skills. The other half are New York professional singers who bring a wide variety of personal and performance experiences to enrich the fabric of collaborative outcomes.
Manhattan Chorale presents a historical spectrum of choral masterworks large and small, in addition to contemporary literature and the premiere of new works. The chorale currently features the work of Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo who serves as composer-in-residence with Manhattan Chorale. The musical celebration of Christmas, For Unto Us A Child is Born at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, featured two movements of Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass and his Tota Pulchra Es.
In addition to New York performances, Manhattan Chorale appeared at Orchestra Hall in Chicago in March of 2013. Following that performance, the chorale led a master class for Chicago area high school choirs. In addition to its own performances, the chorale will serve as mentor and collaborator with choirs from across the United States who gather in various New York residencies under the auspices of Manhattan Concert Productions to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
The Manhattan Chorale and Chamber Orchestra are conducted by Music Director, Craig Arnold. Dr. Arnold has had an extensive career as conductor of choirs and orchestras of all ages; educator of graduate, undergraduate, high school, and middle school students; guest lecturer for teacher and conductor training; and frequent guest conductor of workshops, festivals, and all state choirs across the country. Having recently completed a tenure as Director of Choral Activities and Conductor of the internationally renowned Nordic Choir at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, he is currently the Chairman of Manhattan Concert Productions, a New York City-based production company he founded in 1999.
In addition to Luther College, Dr. Arnold previously served as Director of Choral Activities at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, and Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. He has high school teaching experience from positions in Iowa and Minnesota, and music ministry experience from serving on church staffs in Minnesota, Iowa, Ohio and Michigan.
Arnold’s education includes a doctorate in conducting from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY; a master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; and a bachelor’s degree from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Choirs under his direction have performed at state, regional, and national conventions, toured throughout the United States and abroad, and produced numerous CD recordings. The national broadcast of Christmas at Luther 2008 with Arnold as Artistic Director received a regional Emmy award. The University Chorale from Western Michigan, under Arnold’s direction, won first prize at the prestigious international choral competition in Wales.
Dr. Arnold serves as frequent guest lecturer and conductor having appeared in Japan, England, Scotland, Germany, France, Italy, Wales, Hong Kong, China and Spain, in addition to most of the United States.