Episcopal Chorale Society, Inc. est. 1983
Dr. Chas Cheatham, Artistic Director
Those international tours have included concerts in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Cuba, China, Holland, Germany, Spain and Italy, where it was honored to receive a special audience with the Pope. The Chorale was deeply honored to be one of only five choirs worldwide selected to sing at 924th Anniversary of the Melk Abbey.
During a tour of Italy, the Chorale was invited to sing a special concert for the President of San Marino, Italy. The Chorale was honored to attend the first international chorale festival in Puerto Rico and returned twice to Cuba where it was invited to participate in the International Choral Festival de Cuba. At the International Choral Festival in Vienna, the Chorale's 30+ year Director, Dr. Chas Cheatham, was selected from the 115 directors attending with their choirs to lead the finale piece. The Chorale is spent 2014 in intensive study as the group prepared to travel to Holland and Germany to sing the complete work of Handel’s Messiah with several local choirs.
The Episcopal Chorale Society is an ardent supporter of the arts in Los Angeles, awarding scholarships to artistically gifted high school students in an effort to promote the highest standards of achievement in music, dance and drama. To date, the Chorale has awarded over 100 scholarships from a diverse group of students in schools throughout Los Angeles.
The Episcopal Chorale Society Inc., a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, was founded in 1983, under the musical direction of Dr. Chas Cheatham and has since been lauded as one of the finest community choirs of its time. The group was founded when seven pre-dominantly African-American Episcopal churches in the Los Angeles Diocese joined voices to celebrate a mass in honor of Absalom Jones, the first African-American Episcopal priest. That event served as the catalyst for the development of an on-going inter-church musical society that today includes representatives of not only the Episcopal faith, but several other religious denominations, as well.
The Chorale, as it is affectionately known, is world renowned for its unparalleled sound, which ranges from its classical rendering of Handel’s Messiah to its contemporary interpretation of prominently-held Negro Spirituals. The group has performed throughout the Los Angeles area where it is honored to perform annually at an Evensong to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The Chorale has sung the National Anthem for the Los Angeles Clippers several times and regularly tours internationally.