Statement of Values
• We relentlessly pursue musical quality and distinction;
• We celebrate the diversity and creativity of musical styles, cultures, religions, and languages through our community engagement efforts;
• We uphold our musical legacy by encouraging the participation of aspiring musicians and nurturing their development.
• We esteem our fellow musicians as valued artists in the musical community;
• We appreciate audience members and other supporters as participants in choral art;
• We demonstrate genuine responsiveness to Chorale leadership and authority.
• We engage in honest, sincere, and principled behavior that reflects positively on the Chorale and on each individual.
Adopted by Board of Directors, September 12, 2007; renewed February 8, 2012
• EEO statement
• ADA statement
The Minnesota Chorale celebrates the human voice
and its power to educate, enrich, unite, and inspire
by performing an ever-widening repertory of choral music,
at the highest artistic level, for a broad community of audiences.
Founded in 1972, the Minnesota Chorale is Principal Chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra and ranks among the foremost professional choruses in the United States. Led by Kathy Saltzman Romey since 1995, the Chorale is best known for its work with the Twin Cities' two major orchestras, but is equally dedicated to fostering and deepening relationships through its award-winning Bridges community engagement initiatives, educational activities, and independent presentations of choral works. A seasoned artistic partner, the Chorale continues to explore new artistic directions and collaborative opportunities, while earning the highest critical acclaim for its work on the concert stage.
Now comprising ensembles for singers from ages 8 to 80-plus, the Minnesota Chorale is a multi-generational umbrella organization. With the founding of the Minneapolis Youth Chorus in 2007, the Chorale deepened its community connections by creating this choral opportunity for Minneapolis Public School students in grades 5 through 9 to develop their musical gifts in an environment dedicated to the celebration of diversity and the pursuit of artistic excellence. MYC's Prelude choir, for children in grades 3 through 5, provides an introductory choral experience for younger singers. Voices of Experience, established in 2010 in partnership with the MacPhail Center for Music, offers mature singers opportunities to achieve vocal excellence and enrich the community through song.
Kathy Saltzman Romey, the Chorale's fifth artistic director and the Minnesota Orchestra's choral advisor, has prepared choruses for performances under many of the world's leading conductors. Formerly a student of Helmuth Rilling at the Frankfurt State Conservatory of Music, Romey has been a staff member of the Oregon Bach Festival since 1984 and is chorus master of the of the 54-voice professional Festival Choir, which she prepares for annual Festival concerts, commissions, and recording projects. Active also as a guest conductor, chorus master, and clinician throughout the United States and Europe, Romey served on the faculty of the Junges Stuttgarter Bach Ensemble, underwritten by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart from 2010-2015. Additionally, she has prepared programs with the Carnegie Hall Festival Chorus, Grant Park Music Festival, Netherlands Radio Choir, Teatro del Lago Festival, Weimar Bach Academy, and Westminster Symphonic Choir. 2016 marked her third appearance with the Berkshire Choral Festival. Romey has received various teaching awards and grants, co-authored two book chapters, and in 2014, assisted Helmuth Rilling in writing his book, MESSIAH: Understanding and Performing Handel’s Masterpiece.