Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

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The Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance has been awarded since 1961. There have been several minor changes to the name of the award over this time:

  • In 1961 the award was known as Best Classical Performance - Choral (including oratorio)
  • From 1962 to 1964 it was awarded as Best Classical Performance - Choral (other than opera)
  • In 1965, 1969, 1971, 1977 to 1978 and 1982 to 1991 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance (other than opera)
  • From 1966 to 1968 it was awarded as Best Classical Choral Performance (other than opera)
  • In 1970, 1973 to 1976 and 1979 to 1981 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance, Classical (other than opera)
  • In 1972 it was awarded as Best Choral Performance - Classical
  • From 1992 to 1994 it was awarded as Best Performance of a Choral Work
  • 1995 to the present the award has been known as Best Choral Performance

Prior to 1961 the awards for opera and choral performances were combined into a single award for Best Classical Performance, Operatic or Choral

Awards are given to the choral conductor and to the orchestra conductor if an orchestra is on the recording, and to the choral director or chorus master if applicable. The choir and/or the orchestra do not receive an award. (Note: the press releases for the list of nominees in 2011 and 2012 did not mention award eligibility for engineers, mixers and/or producers, while the official Grammy Winners Database does mention these as official Grammy recipients. During the Grammy award ceremony in February 2012 no engineers, mixers and/or producers were mentioned as winners.[1]

Years reflect the year in which the Grammy Awards were presented, for works released in the previous year.


Performers who were not eligible for an award (such as orchestras, soloists or choirs) are mentioned between brackets

  • 2016
    • Winner TBA in February 2016


  • Bernard Haitink (conductor), Peter Dijkstra (chorus master) for Beethoven: Missa Solemnis (with Anton Barachovsky, Genia Kühmeier, Elisabeth Kulman, Hanno Müller-Brachmann & Mark Padmore (soloists); Symphonieorchester Des Bayerischen Rundfunks (orchestra); Chor Des Bayerischen Rundfunks (chorus))
  • Harry Christophers (conductor) for Monteverdi: Vespers of 1610 (with Jeremy Budd, Grace Davidson, Ben Davies, Mark Dobell, Eamonn Dougan & Charlotte Mobbs (soloists); The Sixteen (chorus))
  • Craig Hella Johnson (conductor) for Pablo Neruda - The Poet Sings (with James K. Bass, Laura Mercado-Wright, Eric Neuville & Lauren Snouffer (soloists); Faith DeBow & Stephen Redfield; Conspirare (chorus))
  • Eric Holtan (conductor) for Paulus: Far in the Heavens (with Sara Fraker, Matthew Goinz, Thea Lobo, Owen McIntosh, Kathryn Mueller & Christine Vivona (soloists); True Concord Orchestra (orchestra); True Concord Voices (chorus))
  • Charles Bruffy (conductor) for Rachmaninoff: All-Night Vigil (with Paul Davidson, Frank Fleschner, Toby Vaughn Kidd, Bryan Pinkall, Julia Scozzafava, Bryan Taylor & Joseph Warner (soloists); Kansas City Chorale & Phoenix Chorale (choruses))