Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance

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
Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance
Awarded forquality choral performances
CountryUnited States
Presented byNational Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences
First awarded1961
Last awarded2019

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

Until 2016, awards were 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 did not receive an award. From 2017, the choir (or 'choral organization' as it is called in the Grammy rules) does receive a Grammy Award as an ensemble.

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. From 2017, the choral organization/ensemble does receive an Award.



  • Winner TBA on 26 January 2020


  • Donald Nally (conductor); The Crossing (ensemble) - Boyle: Voyages
  • Robert Simpson (conductor); Ken Cowan (soloist); Houston Chamber Choir - Duruflé: Complete Choral Works
  • Craig Hella Johnson (conductor); Conspirare (ensemble) - The Hope of Loving
  • Peter Jermihov (conductor); Evan Bravos, Vadim Gan, Kevin Keys, Glenn Miller & Daniel Shirley (soloists); PaTRAM Institute Singers - Sander: The Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom
  • Donald Nally (conductor); The Crossing (ensemble) - Smith, K.: The Arc in the Sky



  • Donald Nally (conductor), The Crossing (choir) for McLoskey: Zealot Canticles
  • Nominees
    • Vladimir Gorbik (conductor), PaTRAM Institute Male Choir (choir) for Chesnokov: Teach Me Thy Statutes
    • Steven Fox (conductor), The Clarion Choir (choir) for Kastalsky: Memory Eternal
    • Mariss Jansons (conductor), Peter Dijkstra (chorus master), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks (orchestra), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks (choir) for Rachmaninov: The Bells
    • Matthew Guard (conductor), Skylark (choir) for Seven Words From The Cross


Grammy Awards of 2017

  • Krzysztof Penderecki (conductor); Henryk Wojnarowski (choir director) and the Warsaw Philharmonic Choir for Penderecki Conducts Penderecki, Volume 1 (Nikolay Didenko, Agnieszka Rehlis & Johanna Rusanen (soloists); Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra (orchestra))


  • Elisabeth Holte (conductor) for Himmelrand (Marianne Reidarsdatter Eriksen, Ragnfried Lie & Matilda Sterby (soloists); Inger-Lise Ulsrud (accompanist); Uranienborg Vokalensemble (choir))
  • Edward Gardner (conductor); Hakon Matti Skrede (chorus master) (Susan Bickley, Gábor Bretz, Sara Jakubiak & Stuart Skelton (soloists); Thomas Trotter (accompanist); Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra (orchestra); Bergen Cathedral Choir, Bergen Philharmonic Choir, Choir of Collegium Musicum, Evard Grieg Kor (choirs))
  • Donald Nally (conductor) for Lloyd: Bonhoeffer (Malavika Godbole, John Grecia, Rebecca Harris & Thomas Mesa (soloists); The Crossing (ensemble))
  • Steven Fox (conductor) for Steinberg: Passion Week (The Clarion Choir)

Grammy Awards of 2016


Grammy Awards of 2015


  • René Jacobs (conductor) for Bach: Matthäus-Passion (with Werner Güra & Johannes Weisser (soloists); Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin (orchestra); Rias Kammerchor & Staats- und Domchor Berlin (choirs))
  • Vivianne Sydness (conductor) for Dyrud: Out of Darkness (with Erland Aagaard Nilsen & Geir Morten Oien (soloists); Sarah Head & Lars Sitter; Nidaros Cathedral Choir)
  • Andrew Davis (conductor) and Stephen Jackson (chorus master) for Holst: First Choral Symphony; The Mystic Trumpeter (with Susan Gritton (soloist); BBC Symphony Orchestra and BBC Symphony Chorus)
  • John Butt (conductor) for Mozart: Requiem (with Matthew Brook, Rowan Hellier, Thomas Hobbs & Joanne Lunn (soloists); Dunedin Consort (choir))

Grammy Awards of 2014


Grammy Awards of 2013


Grammy Awards of 2012


Grammy Awards of 2011

Grammy Awards of 2010







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