Called “the world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker
, the San Francisco based GRAMMY® award-winning ensemble Chanticleer celebrated its 40th anniversary last year. Praised by the San Francisco Chronicle for its “tonal luxuriance and crisply etched clarity,” Chanticleer is known around the world as “an orchestra of voices” for its seamless blend of twelve male voices ranging from soprano to bass and its original interpretations of vocal literature, from Renaissance to jazz and popular genres, as well as contemporary composition. Chanticleer’s 2018-19 season was the fourth under the direction of Music Director William Fred Scott.
Since 1981, the group has sold well over a million albums and won two GRAMMY® awards. Chanticleer’s recordings are distributed by Warner Music, Chanticleer Records, Naxos, ArkivMusic, Amazon, and iTunes among others, and are available on its website
Chanticleer is a distinctly American group. In 2014, Chorus America conferred the inaugural Brazeal Wayne Dennard Award on Music Director Emeritus Joseph H. Jennings to acknowledge his contribution to the African-American choral tradition during his 25-year (1983-2009) tenure as a singer and music director with Chanticleer. The hundred plus arrangements of African-American gospel, spirituals and jazz made by Jennings for Chanticleer have been given thousands of performances worldwide—live and on broadcast—and have been recorded by Chanticleer for Warner Classics and Chanticleer Records.
With the help of individual contributions, government, foundation and corporate support, Chanticleer’s education programs engage over 5,000 young people annually.
Chanticleer’s long-standing commitment to commissioning and performing new works was honored in 2008 by the inaugural Dale Warland/Chorus America Commissioning Award and the ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.