Conducting & Ensembles

Eastman-Rochester Chorus

William Weinert, Director

ERC Evolution Gala Concert 2012

Now in its thirty-fifth 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.

The Eastman-Rochester Chorus is open to all singers in the Western New York community by audition. In keeping with the motto on the façade of the Eastman Theatre – “For the Enrichment of Community Life”— there is no membership fee.

Regular Tuesday evening rehearsals, 7:30-9:45 PM, commence September 3, 2019.  Auditions for the 2019-2020 season are being held by appointment. Openings for all voice parts. No prepared solo is required.

For more audition information and an appointment call 585-274-1444 or email

Eastman-Rochester Chorus 2019-2020 Season

The 2019-2020 Season will be a very special one for the Eastman-Rochester Chorus. December’s concert will present shorter masterworks of Handel, Brahms, and Vaughan Williams. March 6 will mark our first invited performance for a conference of the American Choral Directors Association; hundreds of conductors from around the region will attend our performance of one of the great works of the past 100 years, the War Requiem by Benjamin Britten. In May we will mark Beethoven’s 250th anniversary year with his monumental Ninth Symphony. This is a season not to be missed!

Friday, 6 December 2019, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 PM
Handel: Te Deum
Brahms: Nänie
Vaughan Williams: Toward the Unknown Region 
Eastman School Symphony Orchestra
William Weinert and Caleb Hopkins,conductors

Friday, 6 March 2020, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 8:00 PM 
Britten: War Requiem
Eastman Philharmonia
William Weinert, conductor

Friday, 1 May 2020, Kodak Hall at Eastman Theatre, 7:30 PM
Beethoven: Symphony No. 9
Eastman Philharmonia
Neil Varon, conductor


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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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