Chorale to have new master this season

By Lawrence A. Johnson

habermann-joshuaWhen the Master Chorale of South Florida opens its fifth season this fall, it will also mark a new chapter in the organization’s history. The baton has been passed to Joshua Habermann (left), who takes over as artistic director from Chorale founder Jo-Michael Scheibe.

Ironically, the two men have swapped states, with Scheibe departing to his new post at the University of Southern California and Habermann coming to Florida after 12 years as assistant conductor of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus and as director of choral activities at San Francisco State University. To make the succession even more symmetrical, Habermann has also assumed Scheibe’s former post as director of choral studies at the University of Miami.

Habermann will open the Master Chorale’s season by leading the chorus and Boca Raton Symphonia in Mendelssohn’s heaven-storming oratorio, Elijah, November 14-16 at venues in Pompano Beach, Miami and Boca Raton. The Chorale will join forces with the Empire Brass for a program of holiday music Dec. 12-14, and close its season with American Tapestry, a program of homegrown choral music April 24-26. In addition to its three subscription programs, the Master Chorale will be the guest choir when Itzhak Perlman leads the Russian National Orchestra in Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 at Festival of the Arts BOCA on March 15.

Tickets for the Master Chorale’s concerts are $30, $35 at the door. Call 954-418-6232 or visit

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