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The Master Chorale of Washington

Founded in 1967 by the late Paul Hill and previously called the Paul Hill Chorale, the Master Chorale of Washington was featured in the inaugural concert of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in 1971 and has been performing in the Concert Hall ever since on an average of eight to ten times annually in its own subscription series and as a guest chorus for other arts organizations. The Master Chorale of Washington has been the only one of Washington's major symphonic choruses to follow the model of the world's finest choruses by employing a complement of professional singers within its rigorously auditioned and extremely talented volunteer base. In 1969, National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) conductor Howard Mitchell was suddenly confronted with a problem—the organization that was contracted to be the featured chorus in an upcoming NSO concert was no longer available—so he called upon Paul Hill for help. In a matter of two short weeks, Hill recruited 44 new singers to expand a small, informal singing group of 36 with whom he had been rehearsing ".