The Lafayette Master Chorale is a community organization in Lafayette/West Lafayette, Indiana, founded more than four decades ago as the Bach Chorale Singers by a small group of singers who met on Sunday evenings in their homes to sing the great four-part chorales of J.S. Bach. Within a few years, one member became the first music director, and the group’s repertoire quickly expanded. The organization performed its first public concert in 1968, and has continued to grow in size and musical sophistication under a succession of talented artistic directors. Today the adult Chorale numbers around 70 singers.
The Lafayette Master Chorale is dedicated to providing outreach to singers and audiences in the north-central region of Indiana. The organization’s goal is to provide life-long musical training and performance experiences for singers of all ages throughout Tippecanoe and surrounding counties. To help achieve this goal, an educational component was officially added to the organization in June 1996 when the Tippecanoe Youth Chorus merged with BCS, Inc. to form the Bach Chorale Youth Chorus, a traveling performance choir. In June 1999, the Greater Lafayette Children’s Choir, serving singers ages 8 to 11, formally merged with Bach Chorale Singers as the Bach Chorale Children’s Choir. This choir renamed itself the Lafayette Children’s Choir in 2016
The Lafayette Master Chorale offers an annual subscription series of eight to ten concerts. During each concert season, their singers are frequently joined in performances by instrumentalists and guest artists.