The Putnam Chorale, under the artistic direction of composer/conductor Dr. Douglas Anderson, is the sole community chorus in Putnam County, NY. It has been entertaining and educating Westchester/ Putnam/Dutchess audiences since 1984 by providing high quality choral and orchestral music and academic commentary. The two-fold mission of the Chorale is to provide amateur and aspiring professional singers an opportunity to enrich their lives through choral singing and to provide the community with compelling performance experiences unrivaled outside the major city venues. The Chorale was a 2010 semi-finalist in The American Prize in Choral Performance.
The chorus is a 501(c)(3) non-profit with a music director and accompanist. There is no paid administrative staff. When funding is sufficient, performances include a spectrum of choral works complete with professional orchestra and soloists. Recent diverse examples include: Handel’s complete oratorios Messiah, Judas Maccabaeus, and Sampson; W. Schuman’s Casey at the Bat; A Broadway Celebration (Arlen, Cole Porter, Sondheim); Brahms’ Requiem, Mozart’s Requiem, and other classics. For a complete list visit our Performance History.
Multi artist collaborations have included area youth choirs and dance ensembles.
Performance venues are typically houses of worship or schools, generating full-house audiences in recent years. Two quotes from the 2016 audience survey of Handel’s Messiah ( the complete oratorio) are informative: “We are fortunate to have choir of combined voices perform a concert of such high quality in Brewster.” And “Fantastic. What a please to see this group mature over the past decade…; Beautifully directed. Mature interpretation.”
Chorale concert performances are in December and April. Generally there is also a December community Messiah sing and an open summer sing, creating opportunities for the community to assemble informally to enjoy singing popular works. Additionally, smaller Chorale ensembles entertain at local nursing homes, rehabilitation centers, historical sites, etc. with holiday caroling or other seasonal choral music. Of note is the Chorale’s December performance during the Twilight Tours at Boscobel House and Gardens. We take pride in serving audiences who are unable to travel to NYC. Videos of Chorale performances appear on local public access cable channels.