Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance


Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

The Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance has been awarded since 1961. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award over this time:

*In 1961 the award was known as Best Classical Performance - Choral (including oratorio)
*From 1962 to 1964 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Choral (other than opera)
*In 1965, 1969, 1971, 1977 to 1978 and 1982 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
*From 1966 to 1968 it was awarded as Best Classical Choral Performance (other than opera)
*In 1970, 1973 to 1976 and 1979 to 1981 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance, Classical (other than opera)
*In 1972 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance - Classical
*From 1992 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Performance of a Choral Work
*1995 to the present the award has been known as Best Choral Performance

Prior to 1961 the awards for opera and choral performances were combined in to a single award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.

2000s

*Grammy Awards of 2007
**Paul Hillier (conductor) & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir for "Pärt: Da Pacem"
*Grammy Awards of 2006
**Leonard Slatkin (conductor) & Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak (choir directors) for "Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience: Requiem" performed by Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson & Thomas Young; Michigan State University Children's Choir, University Of Michigan Chamber Choir, University Of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University Of Michigan University Choir & University Musical Society Choral Union; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra
*Grammy Awards of 2005
**Robert Spano (conductor) & Norman Mackenzie (choir director) for "Berlioz: Requiem" performed by Frank Lopardo & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
*Grammy Awards of 2004
**Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tiia-Ester Loitme & Ants Soots (chorus masters) for "Sibelius: Cantatas" performed by the Ellerhein Girls' Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir & the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
*Grammy Awards of 2003
**Thomas Moore (producer), Michael J. Bishop (engineer), Robert Spano (conductor), Norman Mackenzie (chorus director), Christine Goerke, Brett Polegato & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Sym. No. 1)"
*Grammy Awards of 2002
**Martin Sauer (producer), Michael Brammann (engineer), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Norbert Balatsch, Erwin Ortner (chorus masters), Bernarda Fink, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Elisabeth von Magnus, Christoph Prégardien, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Christine Schäfer, Markus Schäfer, Oliver Widmer, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Wiener Sängerknaben & Concentus Musicus Wien for "Bach: St. Matthew Passion"
*Grammy Awards of 2001
**Karen Wilson (producer), Don Harder (engineer), Helmuth Rilling (conductor) & the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra & Chorus for "Penderecki: Credo"
*Grammy Awards of 2000
**Robert Shafer (conductor), Betty Scott, Joan McFarland (choir directors), the Maryland Boys Choir, the Shenandoah Conservatory Chorus & the The Washington Chorus for "Britten: War Requiem"

1990s

*Grammy Awards of 1999
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard/Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem/Bartók: Cantata Profana"
*Grammy Awards of 1998
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Adams: Harmonium/Rachmaninoff: The Bells"
*Grammy Awards of 1997
**Andrew Litton (conductor), Neville Creed, David Hill (chorus masters) & the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Walton: Belshazzar's Feast"
*Grammy Awards of 1996
**Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Vance George (choir director) & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1995
**John Eliot Gardiner (choir director), the Monteverdi Choir & the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique for "Berlioz: Messe Solennelle"
*Grammy Awards of 1994
**Pierre Boulez (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Bartók: Cantata Profana"
*Grammy Awards of 1993
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Bach: Mass in B Minor"
*Grammy Awards of 1992
**Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Vance George (choir director), the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Boys Chorus & the San Francisco Girls Chorus for "Orff: Carmina Burana"
*Grammy Awards of 1991
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis"
*Grammy Awards of 1990
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Britten: War Requiem"

1980s

*Grammy Awards of 1989
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses "
*Grammy Awards of 1988
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"
*Grammy Awards of 1987
**James Levine (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Orff: Carmina Burana"
*Grammy Awards of 1986
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Berlioz: Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1985
**James Levine (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Brahms: A German Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1984
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Haydn: The Creation"
*Grammy Awards of 1983
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust"
*Grammy Awards of 1982
**Neville Marriner (conductor) & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Chorus for "Haydn: The Creation"
*Grammy Awards of 1981
**Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor), Norbert Balatsch (chorus master) & the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus for "Mozart: Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1980
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director), & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Brahms: A German Requiem"

1970s

*Grammy Awards of 1979
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Beethoven: Missa Solemnis"
*Grammy Awards of 1978
**Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Verdi: Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1977
**André Previn (conductor), Arthur Oldham (choir director) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Rachmaninoff: The Bells"
*Grammy Awards of 1976
**Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Robert Page (choir director) the Cleveland Boys Choir & Cleveland Orchestra Chorus for "Orff: Carmina Burana"
*Grammy Awards of 1975
**Colin Davis (conductor) the Ambrosian Singers, the Wandsworth School Boys Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust"
*Grammy Awards of 1974
**André Previn (conductor), Arthur Oldham (choir director) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Walton: Belshazzar's Feast"
*Grammy Awards of 1973
**Georg Solti (conductor), the Vienna Boys' Choir, the Vienna Singverein Chorus, the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & various artists for "Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E Flat (Symphony of a Thousand)"
*Grammy Awards of 1972
**Colin Davis (conductor), Russell Burgess, Arthur Oldham (choir directors) the Wandsworth School Boys Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus for "Berlioz: Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1971
**Gregg Smith (choir director), the Gregg Smith Singers & the Columbia Chamber Ensemble for "Ives: New Music of Charles Ives"
*Grammy Awards of 1970
**Luciano Berio (conductor), Ward Swingle (choir director), The Swingle Singers & the New York Philharmonic for "Berio: Sinfonia"

1960s

*Grammy Awards of 1969
**Vittorio Negri (conductor), George Bragg, Gregg Smith, (choir directors), E. Power Biggs, the Edward Tarr Ensemble, the Gregg Smith Singers & the Texas Boys Choir for "The Glory of Gabrieli"
*Grammy Awards of 1968
**Leonard Bernstein (conductor) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Choir for "Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major (Symphony of a Thousand)"
**Eugene Ormandy (conductor), Robert Page (choir director), the Temple University Choir & the Philadelphia Orchestra for "Orff: Catulli Carmina"
*Grammy Awards of 1967
**Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Robert Shaw Orchestra & Chorale for "Handel: Messiah"
*Grammy Awards of 1966
**Robert Shaw (conductor), the Robert Shaw Chorale & the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra for "Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms/Poulenc: Gloria"
**Gregg Smith (conductor), Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Gregg Smith Singers and Ithaca College Concert Choir; George Bragg & Texas Boys Choir for "Charles Ives, Music for Chorus"
*Grammy Awards of 1965
**Robert Shaw (choir director) & the Robert Shaw Chorale for "Britten: A Ceremony of Carols"
*Grammy Awards of 1964
**Benjamin Britten (conductor), Edward Chapman, David Willcocks (choir directors), the Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Choir for "Britten: War Requiem"
*Grammy Awards of 1963
**Otto Klemperer (conductor), Wilhelm Pitz (choir director) & the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus for "Bach: St. Matthew Passion"
*Grammy Awards of 1962
**Robert Shaw (choir director) & the Robert Shaw Orchestra & Chorale for "Bach: B Minor Mass"
*Grammy Awards of 1961
**Thomas Beecham (conductor) & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus for "Handel: Messiah"


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