Quotes and Testimonials

To open its 50th anniversary season, Baltimore Choral Arts Society performed the Fauré and Duruflé scores Sunday afternoon at Goucher College's Kraushaar Auditorium. I don't recall hearing a finer concert by this chorus. Technical matters -- articulation, tonal blend, smoothness of dynamic shifts -- were solidly under control, allowing concentration on expression. Guided sensitively by music director Tom Hall, the singers sounded totally connected to the ancient Latin text and the distinctive way each composer treated it.

The Baltimore Sun (November 2015)

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, under the direction of Tom Hall, has clearly arrived as one of the finest cultural institutions in Maryland and the nation.

The Baltimore Sun

“The voices rang out with resplendent confidence…and the ovation was loud, long and well deserved.”

-- On Beethoven's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony 2012
The Washington Post

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society, prepared by director Tom Hall, rose to the occasion impressively…the chorus sustained a smooth, full-bodied sound and articulated with admirable clarity.

-- On Beethoven's Ninth with the Baltimore Symphony 2012
-The Baltimore Sun

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society has always sounded good here, but this performance was riveting. When the chorus can match the accuracy and intensity of the vocal soloists in Beethoven's cruel writing, phrase for phrase, you are hearing something extraordinary.

-- (Beethoven's Ninth with Baltimore Symphony 2009)
The Washington Post

The audience's enjoyment of the work was enhanced by the chorus' beautiful diction and the perfect balance between instruments and voices.

-- On Carmina Burana with Reading Symphony
The Reading Eagle (May 2009)

The chorus as a whole responded impressively. And when Hall drove his forces along in the most dramatic, propulsive passages, the results were truly stirring.

The Baltimore Sun (April 2009)

The choristers were attentive to matters of blend and tonal nuance and sang with considerable expressiveness.

-- On the East Coast premiere of Tina Davidson's "Hymn of the Universe"
The Baltimore Sun (March 2009)

The Baltimore Choral Arts Society responded to the conductor with vibrant singing.

-- On Mozart's Requiem with the Baltimore Symphony
The Baltimore Sun (March 2009)

The women of the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, singing through open doors on an upper level of the hall, spun out the final wordless song exquisitely.

-- On Holst's The Planets with Baltimore Symphony
The Baltimore Sun (November 2008)

Thunderous applause greeted the beautiful presentation of Mozart's Requiem by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society.

-- On the 2007 tour of France
La Tribune (France)

This presentation, officially the season opener for the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, was too big for one ensemble. Joining Choral Arts and its director, Tom Hall, were the Morgan State University Choir and director Eric Conway, and the Baltimore City College Concert Choir and director Linda R. Hall… Musically, the rewards began with McCullough's richly textured arrangements and continued with the superbly responsive articulation of the combined choruses, which hit a compelling height in a sizzling "Didn't My Lord Deliver Daniel." …A remarkably instructional and inspirational afternoon.

-- On McCullough: Let My People Go
The Baltimore Sun (Oct 2006)

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