Since 1873, the Oratorio Society of New York has been thrilling audiences with its performances of traditional and contemporary choral music. Ticket sales alone do not cover the cost of producing these memorable performances. The Society also relies on the generosity of its friends.

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Thank you for your support

Your gift will help ensure that the Society is able to continue its tradition of presenting great choral performances.

The Oratorio Society of New York is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Contributions at all levels are recognized in print and online and are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

Additional information for contributors:
Underwriting, planned giving, and other ways to support the concert season:

The Damrosch Circle
Create your own musical legacy! Join the Damrosch Circle and help to sustain and build on the Oratorio Society’s musical traditions. To discuss the inclusion of the Society in your estate planning, please email us at

general society support

The Society’s concert season includes performing three concerts at Carnegie Hall. It also includes providing financial assistance to chorus members who cannot afford the costs of membership and music and sponsoring outreach programs to foster the next generation’s involvement in choral music.

Your contribution helps sustain the Society’s commitment to musical excellence throughout the season.

Levels of Giving

Corporate and Foundation any level
Golden Circle $10,000 and above
Silver Circle $5,000-$9,999
Benefactor $1,000-$4,999
Sponsor $250–$999
Patron $100–$249
Associate $25–$99

Lyndon Woodside
Oratorio-Solo Competition

The Lyndon Woodside Oratorio-Solo Competition is the only competition dedicated to the art of oratorio singing. In celebration of the competition’s fortieth anniversary, Friends of the Solo Competition was created for people who care passionately about the future of oratorio performances and who want to encourage promising young oratorio soloists. Contributing to the Friends of the Solo Competition fund is an investment in the future of the majesty and splendor of choral music.

Click here to join the Friends of the Solo Competition

The Woodside Circle

The Woodside Circle was established in memory of the Society’s long-time director, Lyndon Woodside. Members of the Woodside Circle choose among four levels of annual giving with a three year commitment. Members are invited to participate in special events throughout the season.

woodside circle Levels of Giving

Maestro $10,000 and above
Virtuoso $5,000-$9,999
Grazioso $3,900-$4,999
Arioso $1,500-$2,999

Joining the Woodside Circle makes you a member of a community that tangibly ensures the continuing success of the Oratorio Society of New York. Woodside Circle contributions enable the Society to engage in long-range planning, produce innovative programs, sponsor programs to provide financial support and coaching experience to young professionals, produce recordings, and  more.

During the concert season Woodside Circle members are invited to participate in special events such as an annual dinner, an end of season party, and special tours and performances. In recent years, Woodside Circle members have taken private tours of Carnegie Hall and the WQXR studios. When the chorus performs abroad, the Woodside Circle hosts a reception for current and prospective members.