Conducting & Ensembles

Eastman-Rochester Chorus

William Weinert, Director

ERC Evolution Gala Concert 2012

Now in its thirty-third season, the Eastman-Rochester Chorus is a select symphonic chorus consisting of singers from the greater Rochester community and students from the Eastman School of Music. The chorus presents works for chorus and orchestra  in collaboration with the orchestras of the Eastman School of Music and the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.

The chorus has presented a wide spectrum of repertoire, ranging from masterworks of Bach, Beethoven, and Handel to Rochester premiers of works by Christopher Rouse, Dominick Argento, and Leonard Bernstein.  Recent performances have included the Britten War Requiem, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, and the Vaughan Williams Sea Symphony.  The chorus has appeared with numerous distinguished conductors, including David Zinman, Robert Shaw, Gerard Schwarz, Jerzy Semkow, and Christopher Seaman, and is a founding member of the Greater Rochester Choral Consortium.

Since 1994, William Weinert has served as Professor Conducting and Director of Choral Activities at the Eastman School of Music, where he conducts the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and the Eastman Chorale, and supervises students in the graduate programs in choral conducting.  He also serves as music director of Voices, Rochester’s professional chamber chorus, and as Director of Music at Asbury First United Methodist Church.

Regular Tuesday evening rehearsals commence September 6, 2016.  Auditions will be held by appointment throughout the summer.  For audition information, contact or call 585-274-1444.

Eastman-Rochester Chorus 2016-17 Season

2 December 2016, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8 PM
Bachanalia!  Credo from the B-minor Mass and Christmas Oratorio, Parts I-III
Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
William Weinert, conductor

2 and 4 February 2017, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre,
Mozart – Requiem
Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
Ward Stare, conductor

19 February 2017, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
A Taste of Song:  Rochester Choral Consortium Prism Concert

5 May 2017, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre
Duruflé – Requiem and Brahms – Nänie and Gesang der Parzen
Eastman Philharmonia
Miles Canaday and William Weinert, conductors


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Auditions are held by appointment. For an appointment, e-mail or call (585) 274-1444. Rehearsals take place at Reformation Lutheran Church, 111 North Chestnut Street, on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:45.

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