The Spectrum Singers 2018-03-28T14:20:46+00:00

The Spectrum Singers

The Spectrum Singers is an acclaimed chamber chorus that performs worthy music—both famous and unknown—from the Renaissance to the present day. John W. Ehrlich formed the ensemble in 1980 and continues to lead his gifted singers in concerts at the First Church Congregational in Harvard Square. The chorus is frequently joined by leading guest soloists and has shared the stage with Emmanuel Music, the Cantata Singers, and Boston Landmarks Orchestra in collaborative performances throughout the Boston Area.

In recent seasons, The Spectrum Singers has performed music by Lukas Foss and Charles Ives, given a premiere by Mohammed Fairouz, and offered a hit program of Handel with a full Baroque orchestra. The chorus recently embarked on an ongoing survey of requiems—from Mozart to Alfred Desenclos—and performed in Stravinsky’s The Rake’s Progress with Emmanuel Music.

The Boston Globe praised John W. Ehrlich and The Spectrum Singers for “unfailingly dramatic performances that grappled with real issues in the music and real issues the music is about.” Now in its 38th season, the chorus continues its mission of performing familiar and lesser-known works in programs of compelling depth and professional execution for an audience of appreciative listeners.

If you are interested in auditioning for The Spectrum Singers, please see our chorus commitments and find out about upcoming auditions.

Music Director

John W. Ehrlich, founder and music director of The Spectrum Singers, has been active as a singer and conductor in the Boston and Cambridge areas for more than thirty five years. He is widely admired for his intriguing and adventuresome programming. “From the beginning, it’s been my goal to seek out and perform worthy, important music that is rarely heard,” he says. “As our name suggests, we draw on the whole ‘spectrum’ of master works from the Renaissance to the present day.”

Mr. Ehrlich studied music and conducting while attending the Hartt School of Music, Trinity College, and both Harvard and Boston Universities. His teachers were Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, G. Wallace Woodworth, Vytautous Marijousius, and Iva Dee Hiatt. Also a singer, Mr. Ehrlich has sung with the Hartford Chamber Choir, Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Cambridge Society for Early Music, John Oliver Chorale, Boston Baroque, and the Emmanuel Church Choir. For eight seasons he was music director of The Master Singers of Worcester.

This is Mr. Ehrlich’s 38th season as music director of The Spectrum Singers.



Board of Directors:
Thomas A. Best (Chair), Jim Johnston (Treasurer), Mary Storandt (Temporary Clerk), John W. Ehrlich, Paul Dredge, Kay Dunlap,  Jane Farber, Douglas N. Latham, Richard Scott, Kathryn L. Tighe

Guest Singers

Member Testimonials


After 10 years singing with the group I’ve figured out that Spectrum Singers is a community dedicated to making great choral music.

Paul Dredge

John Ehrlich's commitment to communicating the music rather than simply performing it makes us far better singers and hopefully makes the experience richer for our audience.

Jill Fekete

We’ve built our ensemble with engaged rehearsals and mutual support—under the leadership of our wonderfully insightful director—every Monday evening, some of us for 25+ years.

Paul Dredge

There are over 50 choruses in the greater Boston area to chose from as a participant or member of the audience. There's no other group with which I'd rather sing!

Steve Solomon

I return each year because John Ehrlich presents each piece as the composer intended, sung at a very high level of quality.

Tom Best

What an amazing thing to feel both at home and challenged at the same time! Our audience always hears the love in our music making.

Paul Dredge

I enjoy expanding my repertoire through Spectrum Singers, who exposes me to music I would never consider working with on my own.

Maki Koto

John studied and sang with some famous choral conductors and has all these wonderful anecdotes about them, the music, and composers that add fun and enlightenment to rehearsals.

Jane Farber

Spectrum Singers challenges me to be a better singer and performer and to grow as a musician.

Kay Dunlap

I return each year because: chorus size is ideal (35-40); we care about each other; and the music is very diverse.

Tom Best

Great music...Insightful direction...Passionate execution.

Keith Ohmart

As a member of Spectrum Singers for more than 30 years, I can attest to the excitement, extraordinary quality and variety of Music Director John Ehrlich's music making.

Steve Solomon

Inventive programming, talented singers, wonderful soloists and accompanists, insightful director, challenging repertoire, rewarding performances, supportive community. Great fun!

Anna Smith

Before I joined, I thought I was a pretty good singer. Spectrum has shown me what that actually means, as well as a way to get there.

Carter West

I've sung in many other choruses, some professional, but never in one more dedicated to producing beautiful, authentic musical performances, director and singers alike.

John Bradshaw

Spectrum is one of those special few mission-centered organizations – any organization! – that I'm proud to be part of.

Carter West

Spectrum is a talented group of singers directed by John Ehrlich who sets the bar high and settles for nothing less.

Lee Jaffe

I've been singing in choruses all my life (and I'm no kid!) but am still learning great new repertoire with Spectrum's exciting programming.

Carol McKeen


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