Now entering its 34th season, Albany Pro Musica is revered for its mastery of intimate a cappella works while also being critically acclaimed for its presentation of large scale choral orchestral works. In addition to performing a series of subscription concerts each year, Albany Pro Musica participates in civic, educational and community musical events, regularly partnering with local high schools as well as the Albany Symphony Orchestra and the Cathedral of All Saints Music Series.
Albany Pro Musica was founded in 1981 by Dr. David Griggs-Janower, a music professor at the University of Albany who succeeded in creating a community chorus capable of performing at a professional level. Griggs-Janower remained the group’s Artistic Director until he passed away in August 2013. This season coincides with the debut of APM’s newly appointed Artistic Director José Daniel Flores-Caraballo.
The core group of Albany Pro Musica comprises 65 auditioned volunteer singers from several counties and states. For choral works requiring a larger sound, more singers are added to form the 125-voice APM Masterworks chorus. The group has made numerous recordings on its own and was one of only 16 choruses selected for inclusion on the 2005 National Public Radio (NPR) CD “Christmas Around the Country.” In 2004 APM collaborated with the Albany Symphony Orchestra and Composer Michael Torke to record the opera Strawberry Fields for mass distribution. APM has commissioned eight works from American composers and premiered masterpieces such as Bristow’s Oratorio of Daniel and Handel’s Oratorio of Esther. Albany Pro Musica performances have aired many times on local radio and NPR. As the premier chorus in the region, Albany Pro Musica has been recruited to sing at many high-profile events such as gubernatorial inaugurations and on stage with Judy Collins, Kenny Rogers and Andrea Bocelli.
Eager to share the joys of choral singing with students, Albany Pro Musica sponsors a vigorous educational outreach program. The annual High School Choral Festival, now in its 15th year, brings together choruses from area schools and features the Empire State Youth Orchestra at Troy Savings Bank Music Hall. APM singers attend choral classes at Albany High School in a teaching effort that culminates with a combined performance at the College of Saint Rose’s Massry Center. Through its Artist Apprenticeship Program, APM mentors accomplished high school students who join the chorus for blockbuster concerts such as Berlioz’ Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana.
Albany Pro Musica has evolved into a world-class chorus with national and international performance credits and honors. Today APM attracts larger, more diverse audiences who encourage newer, bolder projects to satisfy their growing desire for exposure to a rich choral repertory. Its reputation is also a draw for preeminent guest conductors and soloists. As it enters its fourth decade, Albany Pro Musica is proud to be the region’s leader for ambitious, compelling choral projects.