Housed in their own midtown rehearsal facility, Manhattan Chorale is a 32-voice professional choir based in New York City and appearing in concerts throughout the United States. Manhattan Chorale presents a historical spectrum of choral masterworks large and small, traditional and contemporary literature, and the premiere of new works. It has the singular distinction of being the only mixed choir in the nation where the majority of its membership is full time.
Manhattan Chorale frequently features the work of internationally renowned composer Ola Gjeilo who serves as its Composer-in-Residence. His work Dreamweaver, a 30-minute piece for choir and string orchestra will be premiered by the Chorale at Carnegie Hall in May of 2014.
The current season includes performances in New York City, Boston, Washington, D.C., and Chicago. Manhattan Chorale is often joined by New York City Chamber Orchestra which was founded in 2000 as Manhattan Concert Productions’ resident orchestra.
In addition to their regular performance season, Manhattan Chorale maintains an outreach focus offering master classes and coaching to high school singers. They also serve as mentor and collaborator with choirs from across the United States who gather in various residencies under the auspices of Manhattan Concert Productions to perform at Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center.
Manhattan Chorale and New York City 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.