Our Mission

​​​The mission of the Falmouth Chorale is to share with our

audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music which has been created over the centuries.

Passionate Voices of the Upper Cape

Photo Courtesy of Cape Cod Life Publications, Photography by Luke Simpson.

The Falmouth Chorale by Tom Kleindinst Photography
Zamir Chorale of Boston with Artistic Director Joshua
Jacobson by Mickey Goldin

About The Falmouth Chorale
The mission of The Falmouth Chorale is to share with our audiences the joy of singing and to communicate with passion the marvelous and varied choral music that has been created over the centuries. Celebrating 53 years of performing choral music for audiences on the Upper Cape, the Falmouth Chorale has enjoyed membership of nearly 1000 passionate singers over its existence. Today, Artistic Director John Yankee leads the 65-voice ensemble. Fifteen members sing in the select Chamber Singers for community and private events.  For more information, visit falmouthchorale.org, call 774-392-2383, or visit us on Facebook.

The Zamir Chorale of Boston
Performing on concert stages throughout North America, Europe, and Israel, the award-winning Zamir Chorale of Boston awakens audiences to the exotic rhythms of the Middle East to the majestic anthems of 19th-century European synagogues, from the romances of Spain to the chants of Yemen, and from contemporary American jazz to the much-loved Yiddish tunes of Jewish musical theater.  Founded in 1969 by Joshua Jacobson, one of the world’s leading authorities on Jewish choral music, the Zamir Chorale of Boston’s “music with a mission” brings the joy of Jewish music to audiences that transcend age, religious and ethnic background. For additional information, visit zamir.org or email manager@zamir.org.

​John Yankee and the Falmouth Chorale

Chamber Singers are working on a series of

performances of a contemporary work,

Alzheimer’s Stories, by composer

Robert Cohen. The piece, written in honor

of Mr. Cohen’s parents, is in three movements,

which loosely mimic the progression of and

tells the stories of families impacted by the

disease. A free performance of this work will

be presented on Sunday, September 24, 

First Church of Christ, Sandwich at 4PM 

The three movements include: The Numbers

– a description of the discovery of the disease, the number of people afflicted with it and conversations with Dr. Alzheimer and his first patient Auguste Deter; The Stories – portrayed by two soloists, these individuals afflicted with the disease, along with recollections from family members, tell their stories; For the Caregivers – the final movement ending with some semblance of hope for those who know and love Alzheimer patients and have to witness its debilitating effects. The composer himself cites that at the core of the libretto and the work, are the final words: “They sense what they cannot show. Love and music are the last things to go. Sing anything.”

The Chorale’s goal is to offer these performances to communities who have dealt with, or are in the process of dealing with this ordeal. The concert will include an opening set that shares singing as the common thread. “With such a profound finale, some lightness and humor will serve as a welcome emotional balance, and prepare the audience for the more poignant music to follow,” Artistic Director John Yankee comments. 

Final concert date is October 1, Brookdale Cape Cod, Hyannis at 3PM.

Zamir Chorale of Boston by Mickey Goldin

​​​Collaborative Choral Concert
Explores Psalms on Cape Cod

Falmouth Chorale’s first concert

with The Zamir Chorale of Boston

features more than 120 musicians

in Falmouth
FALMOUTH, MA Issued February 13, 2017…In a

long-awaited collaboration, The Falmouth Chorale, led

by Artistic Director John Yankee, and The Zamir Chorale

of Boston, conducted by founder and Artistic Director

Joshua R. Jacobson, present PsalmSensation, a concert

featuring more than 120 singers and instrumentalists

for a single performance on Sunday, March 19, 7 pm at

The Lawrence School, 113 Lakeview Avenue, Falmouth.

Long a popular tradition amongst choral singers, collaborative

concerts allow the vocalists to explore their stylistic interpretations

through the direction of a peer conductor.  Now in their 53rd season,

The Falmouth Chorale embraces this opportunity to learn from another

director during Yankee’s decade-long tenure.  Jacobson eagerly anticipates complementing The Falmouth Chorale’s chosen contemporary works with

Zamir Chorale’s dedication to the presentation, preservation, and

perpetuation of Jewish culture.

PsalmSensation features settings of texts from the Hebrew Bible, opening

with the Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers performance of Handel's 

Coronation Anthem No. 4.  Both Falmouth and Zamir together perform

Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, The Last Words of David, and Boston

composer Emmett Price's Joyful Noise. The Zamir Chorale takes the stage commencing the program’s second half with contrasting settings of four

Psalms. The concert will end with a blessing – where all voices join in unity

to sing John Rutter’s The Lord Bless You and Keep You.

“The program is delightfully diverse,” shares

Yankee, “Listeners will be drawn into the

concert by a gradual building of forces.

Strings and woodwinds from the Falmouth

Chamber Players Orchestra accompany first

our Chamber Singers in Handel’s compact

and charming Coronation No. 4, Let Thy Hand

Be Strengthened.  The full Chorale takes the

stage to sing the beautiful and calming

opening movement of Mendelssohn’s setting

of Psalm 42, As the Hart Longs. Zamir Chorale,

along with piano, harp, and percussion, then join us for Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.”  Yankee thoughtfully mentions that it has been particularly valuable to be able to study and discuss the score with Jacobson, who “clearly knows the work inside out! This is my first experience conducting this thrilling and challenging piece, and we are very fortunate to perform it with Zamir.”

“We’ve selected a program rich in variety and depth, while staying true

to Jewish traditions,” informs Jacobson.  “Although Rossi is recognized for

his 17th century Italian madrigals and sonatas, he also produced 33

beautiful Baroque settings of synagogue liturgy texts, unheard of again

for two centuries.”  Offering contrasting styles, Zamir’s portion of the program features several settings of Psalm 150, with British synagogue composer Julius Mombach’s dignified and majestic Hallelujah juxtaposed with contemporary composer Benjie Ellen Schiller’s Halleuhu, accompanied by the Middle Eastern doumbek hand drum. The set finishes with young composer Jeremiah Klarman’s work Hallel Shir Va’Or, a composition commissioned by Zamir in the last decade.  The two movements offer a captivating blend of classical and popular styles, including jazz and pop.

“Sharing a concert with Zamir is a true

milestone for The Falmouth Chorale,” spoken

proudly by Yankee.  “Our hard work has

earned us so much growth and many

accomplishments.  I’m thrilled to collaborate

with such a renowned ensemble and director.

We owe a great deal of gratitude to our

Co-President Andy Garber, who made the

suggestion and forged the connection well

over a year ago.”

As a frequent guest conductor, Jacobson enjoys bringing a new approach to music for other singers.  “Zamir collaborations extend the singing musician’s point of view.  It is a pleasure to bring this opportunity to Cape Cod.”

As a world authority on Jewish choral music, Jacobson also presents an

illustrated concert companion lecture PsalmSensation: 3000 Years of Joyous Sacred Song on Tuesday, March 14, 10:30 am at Falmouth Jewish

Congregation’s Blanche & Joel D. Seifer Community Center, 7 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth.  He’ll explore the question of the Psalms having originally been performed in ancient Israel, and provide a preview and fascinating

backstories to several pieces featured in the PsalmSensation concert,

performed the following Sunday.  The event is open to the public, with a suggestion donation of $5 to $10 gratefully accepted at the door.

Tickets are $25 for adults in advance, $30 at the door, student tickets are $5.

To order tickets or for more information, PsalmSention,

call 774-392-2383, or visit us on Facebook.

Falmouth Chorale Chamber Singers      

George Frideric Handel: Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened (Psalm 89:13-14)

The Falmouth Chorale                           

Felix Mendelssohn: As the Hart Longs, 1st movement (Psalm 42)


Leonard Bernstein: Chichester Psalms 

   (Psalms 108:2, 100; 23, 2:1-4; 131, 133:1)

The Zamir Chorale                                 

Benjie Ellen Schiller :  Halleluhu (Psalm 150)

Salamone Rossi:  Shir Lama’a lot (Psalm 121)
Julius Mombach: 
Hallelujah (Psalm 150)
Jeremiah Klarman:  Hallel Shir Va’Or
(Psalms 27, 150)


Randall Thompson: Last Words of David (2 Samuel, 23:3-4)
Ernani Aguiar: Salmo 150

Emmett Price III: Joyful Noise of Praise (Psalms 8:10; 27:1, 5, 4; 118:24)
John Rutter: The Lord Bless You and Keep You (Numbers 6:24)

Featured Instrumentalists:
String and wind ensemble musicians are members of the

Falmouth Chamber Players Orchestra, under the direction of John Yankee

Katie Koglin, harp

Mark Prall, percussion

Stephanie Weaver, piano

Taki Masuko, percussion

Edwin Swanborn, piano

Members of The Zamir Chorale of Boston by Mickey Goldin

Falmouth Chorale Artistic Director John Yankee
by Doreen Sykes Photography