New World Chorale

Effective date for entry: 5/22/2014

Contact information

Mailing address:396 Washington Street, #169
Wellesley Hills, MA 02481


The New World Chorale was founded in 1999 by Holly MacEwen Krafka and John Zielinski with the mission of performing the best American choral music and, particularly, to commission the composition and performance of new music for chorus. The Chorale's membership comprises some of the Boston area's most experienced choral singers and soloists who have performed both locally and internationally with the world's major orchestras.

Notable NWC performances include Igor Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the Boston Ballet (March 2013); A free concert, sponsored by a grant from the Free for All Concert Fund, at the Mission Church in Boston, MA (October 23, 2011); The opening concert of the Boston Landmarks Orchestra’s 2011 summer season at the Hatch Shell, featuring Mozart’s Great Mass in C minor (July 13, 2011); Vaughan Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra (March 2011); Gustav Mahler’s Symphony No. 8 in E-flat major (“Symphony of a Thousand”) with the Lexington Symphony and Symphony NH Orchestra and Chorus (November 2010); and the East Coast premiere of Giya Kancheli’s StyxShowcasing its versatility, the New World Chorale has performed The Music Man (2009), The Pirates of Penzance (2008), and South Pacific in concert (2007), all with the Claflin Hill Symphony Orchestra. In each production, NWC provided the leads and moving choruses from its own membership.

NWC has performed world premieres encompassing a wide range of musical styles. Pieces commissioned and performed include: Opening Day, written for NWC by local composer Tom Hojnacki to texts about baseball by Bill Littlefield, host of the National Public Radio program “Only A Game”; How Sweet the Sound, an arrangement of hymns and spirituals for chorus and organ by John Zielinski; Mass by Gregory Short for chorus, percussion, and audience participation; and Infelix Ego for organ, percussion, brass quartet, and chorus, also by Mr. Zielinski.

Music Director:Holly MacEwan Krafka
Year founded:1999
Number of Singers:220
Voice parts:Adults, mixed

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