Dr. Robert Berglund
Kathy Saltzman Romey
Susan Sondrol Jones
The Chorale holds its first rehearsal at Bethel College under the direction of founder and conductor Dr. Robert Berglund.
The Chorale is incorporated as a Minnesota non-profit organization.
Menotti's Amahl and the Night Visitors is the Chorale's first collaboration with the Minnesota Orchestra.
The Chorale's first recording, a collection of Christmas music, is released.
The Chorale participates in its first project with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, a performance of Bach's Cantata #91, Gelobet seist du.
The Board of Directors names Dwayne Jorgenson, a conductor and teacher at the University of Minnesota, as the Chorale's second artistic director.
The Board names Thomas Lancaster, an associate professor of music at the University of Minnesota, as the Chorale's third artistic director.
The Chorale receives its first payment for a performance with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra.
Chorale representatives Gloria Sewell and Thomas Lancaster attend the first annual conference of the Association of Professional Vocal Ensembles (APVE).
The Chorale becomes a member of APVE.
The Chorale establishes an administrative office in the newly renovated Hennepin Center for the Arts.
The Chorale performs outside the Twin Cities metro area for the first time when it joins the Rochester (MN) Symphony Orchestra for a performance of the Berlioz Requiem.
The Chorale celebrates its 10th birthday with a dinner party in the Regent's Ballroom of the Minnesota Alumni Club on the top floor of the IDS Tower in downtown Minneapolis.
The Chorale participates in "Scandinavia Today" at the newly opened Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis.
The Board of Directors names Joel Revzen, Dean of the St. Louis Conservatory and Director of the Orchestra and Chorus of St. Louis, as the Chorale's fourth artistic director.
The Chorale is named the Official Chorus of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra and is contracted for four projects in the 1983-84 season.
The Chorale performs the Fauré Requiem and Pavane, and the Messiaen Trois Petite Liturgies with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra for the grand opening of the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul, the new performance home of the SPCO.
The Chorale travels to San Juan, Puerto Rico, to perform the Berlioz Damnation of Faust with the Detroit Symphony at the Festival Casals.
The Chorale performs on A Prairie Home Companion with Garrison Keillor at the World Theatre in St. Paul; the live broadcast is recorded and later televised on the Disney Channel.
The Chorale travels to the Aspen Music Festival to perform Haydn's Die Schöpfung.
The Chorale travels to Mexico City to perform Mahler's Symphony no. 8 with the National Symphony Orchestra of Mexico.
The Chorale celebrates its 20th season at a Messiah sing-along at the Ordway Music Theatre in St. Paul. A Governor's Proclamation is read before the performance, and birthday cake is served in the lobby for audience and performers.
Kathy Saltzman Romey, the Chorale's associate director, is named interim artistic director. An assistant professor of music at the University of Minnesota and former faculty member at Macalester College, she had served as assistant conductor of the Dale Warland Singers.
The Chorale's Bridges series debuts with A Russian Night, featuring a performance of the Rachmaninoff Vespers. The series is designed "to overcome barriers of today's world – cultural, geographic, economic – through the building of musical and social bridges in our community."
The Board conducts a national search for its new artistic director and selects Kathy Saltzman Romey as the Chorale's sixth artistic director.
The Chorale is the only American adult choir invited to perform in the international choral festival America Cantat III in Caracas, Venezuela.
The Chorale premieres Janika Vandervelde's Adventures of the Black Dot, as part of her term as Chorale composer-in-residence. The residency and commission are supported by Meet The Composer.
In response to the September 11th attacks, the Chorale donates its services to perform in Elegy, a concert at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, with the Minnesota Orchestra, SPCO, Dale Warland Singers, Plymouth Music Series, Minnesota Opera, Guthrie Theater, and Walker Art Center. Proceeds from the concert are directed to the American Red Cross 9-11 Fund.
The Chorale performs its Bridges program North Meets South: A Festival of the Americas with guest conductors Maria Guinand and Cristian Grases, and artists from the Schola Cantorum de Caracas (Venezuela).
The Chorale launches InChoir, a program designed to enable participants to experience a piece of music as an "insider" during Chorale rehearsals.
The Chorale establishes the Emerging Conductor program, which gives promising conductors from throughout Minnesota an opportunity to rehearse symphonic choral repertoire with the Chorale.
The Chorale is named Principal Chorus of the Minnesota Orchestra, formalizing the interdependent artistic relationship that had existed between the two organizations for nearly 30 years. Chorale Artistic Director Kathy Saltzman Romey is named Choral Advisor to the Orchestra, assisting in program planning for choral works.
The Chorale creates the Minneapolis Youth Chorus, an auditioned ensemble underwritten by the Chorale and open to Minneapolis Public School students in grades 4-8. The youth chorus, free to participants, is intended to provide a high-quality choral experience in "an environment dedicated to the celebration of diversity and the pursuit of artistic excellence." More than 200 students participate in the first set of auditions.
In response to the suggestion of area high school choir conductors, the Chorale initiates Men in Music, a program that encourages young men to sing via side-by-side rehearsals and performances with men of the Chorale.
In partnership with the American Composers Forum, the Chorale presents "Minnesota Voices," a choral celebration of the 150th anniversary of Minnesota's statehood, with a culminating performance at the State Fair.
The Chorale's Bridges program presents the world premiere of Ah Nagasaki: Ashes Into Light by composer Robert Kyr and writer Kazuaki Tanahashi. A collaboration with six Twin Cities arts organizations and two choruses from Japan, it is the most ambitious Bridges program to date.
The Chorale launches Voices of Experience, a choir for senior adults, in partnership with MacPhail Center for Music.
Minnesota Chorale is inducted into the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame
The Chorale creates Prelude, a choir for Minneapolis Public School students in grades
3-5, intended as an introductory choral music experience.
To replace lost work as a result of the Minnesota Orchestra lockout, the Chorale initiates a series of independently-produced programs. Full programming with the orchestra resumed in February, 2014.
With the Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra, Minnesota Chorale commissions and premieres Jocelyn Hagen’s “The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci,” for choir, orchestra, and synchronized video.