Lorraine Bonaventura, President
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Grace & Spiritus Chorale of Brooklyn is a community chorus based in Brooklyn. Our members are a group of singers who bring diverse musical experiences and backgrounds to the group and all share a love of choral music. We are a 75 member chorus with smaller ensembles drawn from our ranks. Under the baton of music director Jason Asbury, the Chorale is committed to serving the wider Brooklyn community by presenting various traditions of choral music. Our concerts include well-known and little-known masterpieces of choral literature from Early Music to Contemporary composers.
Building on Grace Choral Society’s 30-year history in Brooklyn Heights and Spiritus et Anima’s roots at Saint Ann’s School, and thanks to the leadership of James Busby, the two choruses joined forces in 2006. The Chorus thrived and grew under the baton of James Busby and now looks forward to new frontiers with Jason Asbury at the helm. We present two or three concerts a year in Brooklyn neighborhoods, and are dedicated to performing a wide range of music, including the music of living composers with an emphasis on performing newly commissioned work.
Prior to the Merger in 2006
The Grace Choral Society of Brooklyn took its name from Grace Church in Brooklyn Heights, where it was founded in 1976 as a supplement to the music program of the church. It retained the name of Grace but for many years had been an independent, secular, non-profit organization under the direction of an elected board of directors.
Spiritus et Anima was formed over fifteen years ago by Linda Kaufman and James Busby, the former Chair of the Saint Ann’s School Music Department. Its membership was drawn from faculty, parents, and other members of the Saint Ann’s community. The group performed many choral classics in concerts in Brooklyn Heights, including the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony with the Brooklyn Symphony Orchestra.