The Master Chorale is the premiere ensemble of the Gainesville Civic Chorus, whose performances frequently feature guest orchestral musicians performing major choral masterworks. The Master Chorale also periodically collaborates with other performing organizations such as members of the Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra, The University of Florida Symphony Orchestra, and Dance Alive National Ballet, among others.
The Master Chorale meets Monday nights from 7:30pm - 9:30pm
Dr. Will Kesling, Conductor - Tane' DeKrey, Pianist
The Gainesville Civic Chorus began its existence under the direction of Elwood Keister in 1976 as the Bicentennial Choir, and played a major role in the community's celebration of the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. So gratifying were its musical efforts and so congenial were its activities that its members re-formed as the Gainesville Civic Chorus the following year. The permanent name selection deliberately underscores the Chorus' commitment to the cultural enrichment of the Gainesville community, a commitment which was quickly recognized. In 1978, the Chorus received the Gainesville Cultural Commission's award as the community's "best organization involved in the performing arts." It has also gained recognition by both the City Commission and the Alachua County Commission as the community's official chorus. Among the eighty or so members are retired citizens, business persons, university professors, professional musicians and others from many walks of life.
In addition to the regular concert season, the Chorus frequently has held a Messiah Sing-A-Long, performed at the Festival of Lights at the Downtown Plaza, and participated in the UF College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Baccalaureate service. Over the last ten years, the Chorus has joined the Jacksonville Symphony and Chorus in singing many of the great choral masterpieces including Beethoven's Ninth Symphony, Haydn's The Creation and The Seasons, and Brahms' Ein Deutsches Requiem. In April 1997, the Chorus again joined the Jacksonville Symphony for Beethoven's Ninth Symphony as the opening performance of the Jacoby Symphony Hall. In November 1993, the Gainesville Civic Chorus was invited to sing at Carnegie Hall to perform John Rutter's Requiem with Rutter conducting.