Founded in 1972, the MINNESOTA CHORALE is Minnesota’s preeminent symphonic chorus and ranks among the top professional choruses in the United States. Best known for its work with the two major orchestras of the Twin Cities, the Chorale is equally dedicated to programs that build and enrich community. Since 1995, the Chorale has been led by artistic director Kathy Saltzman Romey, director of choral activities and professor of music at the University of Minnesota, where she leads the graduate program in choral conducting. The centerpiece of the Chorale’s community-engagement initiatives is the award-winning Bridges program, which draws on the richness of global choral repertoire to engage communities and raise awareness of pressing social needs. Other community programs include InChoir, which invites participants to sing alongside members of the Chorale at a working rehearsal; Men in Music, which throws a lifeline to high-school boys interested in singing; Voices of Experience, a chorus of Twin Cities seniors, operated jointly with MacPhail Center for Music; and the Minneapolis Youth Chorus and Prelude choirs, a partnership with the Minneapolis Public Schools that enables students in grades 3-9 to develop their musical gifts in an environment that celebrates diversity and artistic excellence.