SPRINGSONG at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

We had the loveliest time singing in the magnificent Kirkwood Hall at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art yesterday for SPRINGSONG! Lucky for us, our dear friend Jana (professional photographer based in KC and the wife of Chorale tenor Philip Enloe) snapped some photos of us singing in our GRAMMYs finest! She graciously shared them with us so that we may share them with you. Visit her website to view all her stellar work. 

Countdown to The GRAMMYs®

The #RACHparty rages on. 

On March 10, 2015, we released Rachmaninoff: All-night Vigil to worldwide critical acclaim, and the accolades started piling on. Debuting at #1 on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart (a first for our record label, CHANDOS) and #2 on the iTunes Classical chart, it was also the first-ever choral album to receive a First Play feature on iTunes Radio. It spent four consecutive weeks on the Billboard Classical chart (which includes cross-over classical artists, like The Piano Guys) and five consecutive weeks on the Billboard Traditional Classical chart. And it hit #1 on three Amazon sales charts, including Opera/Vocal, Chamber, and Classical.

Then came the reviews. Hi-Fi Critic's Colin Anderson praised the disc as "...ideally spacious yet focussed, superbly capturing [a] dedicated and deeply responsive performance." The Guardian, which give All-night Vigil a coveted five-star rating, said that our performance "has a devotional intensity that is often overwhelming." Fans weighed in as well: "I hope heaven sounds like this," and "Breathtaking. Delicious. Wonderful. The syllabic emphasis is perfect!" were a few memorable quotes from a slew of many.  

To receive this overwhelmingly positive response and recognition from fans and critics alike fills us with a special kind of joy. We poured not only our voices but also our hearts and souls into this recording. And now the big moment is here – it's time for the GRAMMYs. Los Angeles, here we come!

Special emojis on TheGRAMMYs iOS app.

Special emojis on TheGRAMMYs iOS app.

New Look, Same Choir


Global Prairie 2015

Global Prairie 2015

You may have noticed a few changes around here. 

We thought our digital home could use a good cleaning, a bit of a refresh. You know, just some minor updates. Nothing major. A little tweaking of the logo, some rearranging of the navigation—just as you’d put a new color on the walls, move your sofa to the other corner and, just like that, it’s a whole new room. Add a vase of fresh flowers, maybe hang some new art. Only we added some improved functionality, put a blog in the northeast corner (website Feng Shui tells us this will strengthen our relationship with our fans <3) and, well, we totally made over our site! So, do you like what we’ve done with the place?

House cleaning and remodeling metaphors aside, we felt it was time to update our overall look. So with the help of local marketing firm Global Prairie, we've done just that. Don’t worry—we are still Kansas City’s own GRAMMY® Award–winning choir made up of 26 talented, 100% local singers and Artistic Director Charles Bruffy leading the way since 1988 with meaningful programming and a stunningly acute attention to musical detail, not to mention his keen fashion sense.

Global Prairie 2015

Global Prairie 2015

It is said that the only constant in life is change. But for the Kansas City Chorale, one thing remains undoubtedly unchanged: the unwavering commitment to bringing audiences a rich and diverse repertoire of choral music that entertains, educates, provokes, and inspires. Come to one of our concerts this season. Listen. See. And be changed.

Good to Know


Dr. Jan Kraybill will kick off our evening of cathedral-worthy works with the “Prelude and Fugue in G minor” by Marcel Dupré, considered “impossible to play” by the composer himself. Preview this virtuosic work below:

Next, The Kansas City Chorale will join Jan in Helzberg’s choir loft for Benjamin Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb, which features an ecstatic yet often tender text of praise by misunderstood 18th-century poet Christopher Smart. The poem was written sometime between 1759 and 1763 when Smart was locked in an insane asylum in London. Luckily, he had his cat, Jeoffry, to keep him company. Listen for Jeoffry’s appearance in the second section in the form of a lovely soprano solo. Cat lovers, rejoice!

Still in the loft, The Chorale will perform Arvo Pärt’s "The Beatitudes," a prime example of sacred minimalism. Composed in 1990, it starts subtly enough, but it builds to a beautiful flourish for solo organ that is unforgettable.

The program concludes with The Chorale on the stage of Helzberg Hall and Dr. Kraybill on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Frères 102-rank organ in the choir loft for Maurice Duruflé’s masterful Requiem op. 9. Choir and soloists complement the organ in a nine-movement setting of a modified version of the Missa pro defunctis, or, Mass for the dead. Duruflé dedicated the work to the memory of his father, and it prominently features themes from Gregorian chant.

Consider his cat, Jeoffry...

Consider his cat, Jeoffry...

We look forward to sharing these works with you on Friday, May 24, 2013, at 8:00 pm. Call 816-235-6222 for tickets, or order your tickets online.

Meet the Organist




We are so lucky to have Dr. Jan Kraybill as our special guest organist for our final concert in the 2012–2013 season. If you haven’t heard Jan play on the 102-rank Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant organ in Helzberg Hall, you are in for a magnificent treat.

Jan grew up in Colby, Kansas, and began an international career in music while she was still in high school. She holds degrees in piano performance and music education from Kansas State University, and she has a doctorate in organ performance from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri–Kansas City. In 2010, she earned the Fellow certificate from the American Guild of Organists (AGO), the highest certification available for organists.

When she’s not overseeing the care of the three largest pipe organs in the Kansas City metro area, Jan serves as Principal Organist at the international headquarters of Community of Christ in Independence, Missouri. She performs frequently with professional and community groups, and has performed on Kansas Public Radio and American Public Media’s nationally broadcast program Pipedreams.

Did you know that Dr. Kraybill served as one of the first accompanists for The Chorale when we were just getting off the ground? Now we are honored to welcome her back as a featured guest artist on our May 24 concert at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts. We hope you will join us for the music of Britten, Pärt, and Duruflé!

Look Who's Blogging Now




Greetings, friends and fans of The Kansas City Chorale, and welcome to our blog! So many exciting things have happened since Life and Breath: Choral Works of René Clausen won three (!) GRAMMY® Awards in February, and we want to keep you as informed about our performances, tours, and special events. You can expect fun and informative posts on topics such as choral repertoire, #Bruffyisms, music history, rehearsal antics and, of course, upcoming tours and concerts!

Because you can never have too much of the Chorale in your life.


We are fast approaching our final performance for the exciting 2012–2013 season – Maurice Duruflé’s Requiem in Helzberg Hall at the gorgeous Kauffman Center for Performing Arts. We’ll be joined by the talented Dr. Jan Kraybill on the Julia Irene Kauffman Casavant Organ, and we will perform Benjamin Britten’s “Rejoice in the Lamb” and Arvo Pärt’s “Beatitudes” in addition to the Duruflé. We are so looking forward to singing these works with the “king of instruments” in this incredible space!



Please join us in Helzberg Hall at the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts, May 24th at 8:00pm.