History

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, celebrating its 84th season in 2020-2021, is proud to be one of the nation’s most established and dynamic musical institutions. Among the most active symphonic choruses in the United States, the Choir reaches more than 20,000 persons each season through performances and education & community engagement programs. The 150 volunteer singers demonstrate the Choir’s commitment to musical excellence through their talent and dedication during each 10-month season. The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir was founded in 1937 at the request of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra to perform the great choral-orchestral repertoire. This continued partnership exhibits the best of collaborative ideals – two independent arts organizations combining their strengths to create beautifully lasting musical results. Following the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir’s acclaimed performance at Carnegie Hall during the 2016-17 season, the group traveled to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center as a guest of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra during the SHIFT festival in April 2018. The Choir’s latest recording, Festival of Carols, was released by Naxos in 2019 and features two-time Grammy Award-winning artist Sylvia McNair.

The Indianapolis Symphonic Choir strives to create an inclusive, diverse, equitable, and accessible experience for our Indianapolis community through the power of music and the choral arts.