About Westminster Choir
James Jordan, conductor
"The Gold standard..." - American Record Guide
Setting the standard for choral excellence since 1920, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College of Rider University. In addition to a major recording project entitled Serenity of Soule, the ensemble’s 2022-2023 season included a tour of Ohio and Pennsylvania including a performance at the Dayton Westminster Presbyterian Church and a performance of the Mozart Requiem with the Pittsburgh Symphony. The 2023-2024 season includes concert performances in Washington, DC, New York, and Connecticut, including the premiere of the James Whitbourn Requiem at Carnegie Hall.
Recent seasons have included concert tours in Beijing, China and Spain, as well as participation in the World Symposium on Choral Music in Barcelona and groundbreaking performances of Julia Wolfe’s Pulitzer Prize winning Anthracite Fields at the historic Roebling WireWorks as part of Westminster’s Transforming Space project.
The ensemble’s performance of John Adams’ El Niño at the 2014 Spoleto Festival U.S.A. was praised by The New York Times as “… superb. Meticulously prepared, the chorus was remarkable for its precision, unanimity and power.”
The Westminster Choir has been recording choral masterworks for nine decades. American Record Guide wrote about its newest recording, Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir, “This is gorgeous singing…with perfect blend, intonation, diction, ensemble and musicality.” The Heart’s Reflection: Music of Daniel Elder, was described by Classics Today as “first rate” and “highly recommended.” Noël, a collection of French Christmas music and sacred works, also features Westminster alumna Jennifer Larmore, mezzo-soprano, and organist Ken Cowan. It was the centerpiece of the PRI Radio broadcast Noël – A Christmas from Paris, hosted by Bill McGlaughlin. The choir’s debut recording with Maestro Miller, Flower of Beauty, received four stars from Choir & Organ magazine and earned critical praise from American Record Guide, which described the Westminster Choir as “the gold standard for academic choirs in America.”
Praised by The New York Times for its “full-bodied, incisive singing,” the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading conductors and orchestras of our time.
- Listen: Westminster Choir perform Shenandoah by James Erb
- Listen: Westminster Choir perform Credo from Frank Martin's Mass for Double Choir
- Watch: Westminster Choir performs at the historic Abbey of Montserrat in Spain
- Watch: Hold Fast to Dreams
- Watch: Serenity of Soul - live concert
- Watch: Sure on this Shining Night
- Buy or Stream Frank Martin: Mass for Double Choir