Who We Are
Empire City Men's Chorus is an auditioned men’s chorus that seeks to perform adventurous and eclectic repertoire from early to modern music with emphasis on new works from living composers. ECMC’s performances reflect contemporary social issues to inspire an intimate musical dialogue with audiences.
- We value musical excellence, artistic versatility, and professionalism in our singers.
- We value diversity in our membership, audience, and communities.
- We value fraternity and inclusivity.
Founded in 1993, Empire City Men's Chorus was initially formed by members of the gay community interested in singing predominantly classical men's choral music. For the last two decades, ECMC has evolved to develop interesting and meaningful programs which boast a variety of well-known composers, newly commissioned works, artistic collaborations, special-guest soloists, and themes of social justice and equality. For a full artistic performance history, visit ECMC's Facts-At-A-Glance page, otherwise here are the highlights.
The ECMC has established a unique performance history, having performed at some of New York’s most historic spaces and events, such as:
- The United Nations Secretary General’s Campaign UNiTE to End Violence Against Women
- Carnegie Hall
- The Cathedral of St. John the Divine
- Saint Bartholomew’s Church
- Symphony Space
Notable guest performers:
- Stephanie Blythe
- Margaret Lattimore
- Tony-award winning Victoria Clark,
- Tony Award- and Drama Desk-nominee Barbara Walsh.
Highlights of our seasons include a gala 10th Anniversary concert featuring world premieres of works by 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Moravec and Adam Silverman, a jointly produced concert with The Astoria Symphony of Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, and the performance of Arnold Schönberg’s A Survivor in Warsaw.
what we do and how we do it
Empire City Men's Chorus produces two major public concert sets each year, along with a small number of commissioned events, appearances, and pro bono festivals (click here for more info). Concert programs are frequently inspired by social justice themse and consistently boast local featured guest artists, composers, and new-composition premieres. We are primarily supported by ticketed events, membership dues, and government and private arts grants.
Empire City Men's Chorus is a dues-paying organization of 30-40 volunteers who embody the full spectrum of diversity. Music, culture, and community we hold as central tenets. We rehearse weekly and hold two annual rehearsal retreats, one in NYC and one in upstate New York. We plan the retreats along with extra-curricular events throughout the year to strengthen our musical and social relationships. At the end of the day we are men who are passionate about a shared musical camaraderie, and through our inspired performances we hope to give our audience and their communities an affirmation of character and strength.
Visit our Auditions page for the latest audition information, our Volunteers page to get involved as a non-singing member, or our Upcoming page to browse future events. If digital media is your forte, follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or sign up for our mailing list!