Paul Madore Chorale

Effective date for entry: 5/18/2024

Contact information

Mailing address:P.O. Box 992
Salem, MA 01970


The Chorale was founded in 1964 by L. Paul Madore. Under his direction, the Chorale sang a variety of music, from Gregorian Chant to contemporary styles, including fully staged productions of Die Fledermaus, Verdi’s Manzoni Requiem, the Berlioz Requiem, and The Armed Man by Karl Jenkins. Additionally, the Chorale toured France twice, notably to participate in the 50th Anniversary of D-Day Concert. The Chorale also toured Italy in 1997 and sang for Pope John Paul II. René Minalga-Rheault took the position of Music Director in 2019 after Paul’s retirement. Paul remained active with the Chorale until his death in June 2021. While closed during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Chorale returned for the 2021-2022 season.

Taking its name from one of the Greek Muses, Calliope is an offshoot of the Paul Madore Chorale featuring solely treble voices, usually in the settings of SSA and SSAA. This group is by audition only and is an opportunity for singers to try more challenging repertoire in a small group setting. The goal for Calliope is to present their own annual concert in addition to the large group.

The annual SummerSings, held in upstairs at Salem's Old Town Hall, provide the public with a unique opportunity to sing through large works of the choral repertoire in an informal setting.

Music Director:Rene Minalga-Rheault
Year founded:1964
Number of Singers:30
Voice parts:Adults, mixed

  • Auditions required
  • Dues required
  • Commercial recordings

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Last updated: 2024-05-18 21:23:08

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