John Maclay has built the Choral Society into one of New York City's most admired choral arts organizations during his 16-year tenure as its Music Director. Reviewers have consistently noted his “carefully considered” programming and the “discipline and passion” of the chorus.
While in graduate school, John was assistant conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate chorus. He accompanied and conducted choruses at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, where he co-founded the colleges’ musical theater troupe. He currently serves as Membership Committee Chair for the New York Choral Consortium.
To read John's program notes for some of the dozens of choral-orchestral masterworks he has prepared with the Choral Society, click on the titles below:
- J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor (program notes)
- J. S. Bach: Mass in B minor (detailed analysis)
- Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
- Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
- Joseph Haydn: Lord Nelson Mass
- Mendelssohn: Elijah (program notes)
- Mendelssohn: Elijah (detailed analysis)
- W. A. Mozart: Missa Longa in C
- W. A. Mozart: Mass in C minor
- W. A. Mozart/Süssmayr: Requiem
- Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony
- Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem and other works
- Verdi: Requiem
Click here for a complete list of the Choral Society's repertoire.