The GMChorale has become one of New England’s finest and most engaging choruses since its founding in 1977 as The Greater Middletown Chorale. Today, GMChorale is celebrated for its innovative symphonic choral presentations, and often performs with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles.
Under the inspired leadership of Artistic Director Joseph D’Eugenio, the 80-voice Chorale performs beloved masterworks and newly commissioned pieces. The 20-voice GMChorale Chamber Singers, also directed by Joseph D’Eugenio, presents concerts of early to contemporary music, both a cappella and accompanied, in a variety of settings. GMChorale crowned its two European concert tours as the only choir providing music for the Sunday noon mass at Venice’s extraordinary Basilica San Marco.
The GMChorale commissioned Letter from Italy, 1944 from American composer Sarah Meneely-Kyder in 2011. Two years later, the GMChorale premiered the new oratorio, with music by Meneely-Kyder, lyrics by poet Nancy Meneely and book by Joseph D’Eugenio, at the Performing Arts Center in Middletown, Connecticut. Conducted by Joseph D’Eugenio, this semi-staged performance with professional soloists, professional orchestra, chorus of 100, visual projections and dramatic lighting was greeted with great acclaim.