Founded in 2009, the Washington Master Chorale (WMC) is a vibrant professional and volunteer chorus that performs accompanied choral repertoire from the 19th century onward, with a particular emphasis on music of the 20th and 21st centuries. Throughout its 10-year history, the Chorale has distinguished itself as a virtuosic and nuanced interpreter of the works of American and European masters. In a city rich with choral talent, the Chorale has emerged as one of the top commissioners of choral music. It’s roster of composers contains many of the brightest exemplars of choral writing including Julian Wachner, Donald McCullough, Lori Laitman, Jennifer Higdon, Joshua Fishbein, Wendy Griffiths, and David Conte. WMC also employs one of the largest regular assemblies of professional singers in the Baltimore/Washington region second only to the Washington National Opera. The Chorale has performed at Carnegie Hall and the Library of Congress where it premiered Franz Liszt’s Sardanapalo,
a previously unknown work by the great composer. Through its live performances, commissions, recordings, and interdisciplinary collaborations, WMC has enhanced the cultural literacy of the community it serves and advanced the art of choral music as a contemporary American artform.