About Coro Allegro
Coro Allegro is proud to be Boston's award-winning LGBTQ+ and allied classical chorus.
Under the leadership of Artistic Director David Hodgkins, Coro Allegro is known for critically acclaimed programming, performances, and recordings of works by diverse classical and contemporary composers.
Through its performances, collaborations, community partnerships, and outreach, Coro Allegro strengthens community, builds bridges, and enriches lives in the Greater Boston area and beyond. Coro Allegro is dedicated to providing access to choral music to broad audiences, to performing works by diverse composers, and to serving as a model LGBTQ+ organization through artistic excellence and visibility.
In 2019, Coro Allegro was named a winner of the Chorus America/ASCAP Award for Adventurous Programming This prestigious award recognizes choruses that demonstrate a commitment to fostering and promoting new music. Since it founding in 1991, Coro Allegro has performed 22 world premieres, including 13 commissions, by a diverse range of composers, and earned praise from Gramophone magazine for recordings that introduced “meaningful additions to the choral repertoire.”
Each year, Coro Allegro offers a three-concert subscription series in Greater Boston venues, such as Harvard University’s Sanders Theatre and the Church of the Covenant in Boston’s Back Bay. Coro Allegro also reaches national and international audiences through radio broadcasts and festival performances, including the LGBTQ+ GALA Choruses Festivals, the Chorus America convention, and the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Asssociation (ACDA).
Coro Allegro has released four critically acclaimed commercial recordings: In Paradisum and Awakenings on the Navona Records label, as well as In the Clearing and somewhere i have never traveled. Coro Allegro’s forthcoming album, We Are Here, will feature new works by American composers that bear witness to the importance of international human rights.
In 2008, Coro Allegro established the Daniel Pinkham Award in memory of the acclaimed and beloved Boston composer and conductor. The award is given annually in recognition of outstanding contributions to classical music and to the LGBTQ+ community. Coro Allegro received the prestigious Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award in 2012 for its world premiere performance of Kareem Roustom’s The Son of Man.
Coro Allegro has collaborated with performing arts organizations such as the Back Bay Ringers, The Boston Cecilia, the Boston City Singers, the Boston Gay Men’s Chorus, Boston Landmarks Orchestra, Boston Musica Viva, the Celebrity Series of Boston, Chorus Pro Musica, City on a Hill Charter School Chorus, the Handel & Haydn Society, The Heritage Chorale of New Haven, La Donna Musicale, Pro Arte Chamber Orchestra, Rumbarroco, The Terezin Music Foundation, Toronto Children’s Chorus, and the United Parish Chancel Choir.
Coro Allegro has a proud tradition of raising their voices to benefit local, national, and international nonprofit organizations that serve populations in need and advocate for principles of diversity, inclusion, and equity. Coro is committed to offering a welcoming, affirming and supportive environment for performers and audiences alike of all sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, races, religions, and ethnicities.
Coro Allegro is a member of ArtsBoston, Chorus America, GALA Choruses, and the Greater Boston Choral Consortium. Coro Allegro is supported by grants from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Boston Cultural Council, administered by the Mayor’s Office for Arts and Culture, and Choral Arts New England.