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Best Choral Performance

The Grammy Award for Best Choral Performance has been handed out since 1961. Over the years the title of the category has undergone slight changes before it was changed to Best Choral Performance, it was first awarded as Best Classical Performance - Choral (including oratorio) after which it was changed to Best Classical Performance - Choral (other than opera) for the next three years. Later on it was changed from Best Choral Performance (other than opera) to Best Choral Performance, Classical (other than opera) and finally in 1995 it was fixed as Best Choral Performance. Acclaimed American conductor has won the award for Best Choral Performance eleven times making him the most awarded person in the category. 

Winners: Best Choral Performance

Year
Winner/s
Performance
2009
 Simon Rattle (conductor); Simon Halsey (chorus master)
 Symphony Of Psalms
2008
 Simon Rattle (conductor); Simon Halsey (chorus master) & Rundfunkchor Berlin; Berliner Philharmoniker (orchestra)
 "Brahms: Ein Deutsches Requiem"
2007
 Paul Hillier (conductor) & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir
 Pärt: Da Pacem
2006
 Leonard Slatkin (conductor) & Jerry Blackstone, William Hammer, Jason Harris, Christopher Kiver, Carole Ott & Mary Alice Stollak (choir directors)
 Bolcom: Songs Of Innocence And Of Experience: Requiem performed by Christine Brewer, Measha Brueggergosman, Ilana Davidson, Nmon Ford, Linda Hohenfeld, Joan Morris, Carmen Pelton, Marietta Simpson & Thomas Young; Michigan State University Children's Choir, University Of Michigan Chamber Choir, University Of Michigan Orpheus Singers, University Of Michigan University Choir & University Musical Society Choral Union; University Of Michigan School Of Music Symphony Orchestra
2005
 Robert Spano (conductor) & Norman Mackenzie (choir director)
 Berlioz: Requiem performed by Frank Lopardo & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
2004
 Paavo Järvi (conductor), Tiia-Ester Loitme & Ants Soots (chorus masters)
 Sibelius: Cantatas performed by the Ellerhein Girls' Choir, the Estonian National Male Choir & the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra
2003
 Thomas Moore (producer), Michael J. Bishop (engineer), Robert Spano (conductor), Norman Mackenzie (chorus director), Christine Goerke, Brett Polegato & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Vaughan Williams: A Sea Symphony (Sym. No. 1)
2002
 Martin Sauer (producer), Michael Brammann (engineer), Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Norbert Balatsch, Erwin Ortner (chorus masters), Bernarda Fink, Matthias Goerne, Dietrich Henschel, Elisabeth von Magnus, Christoph Prégardien, Dorothea Röschmann, Michael Schade, Christine Schäfer, Markus Schäfer, Oliver Widmer, the Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Wiener Sängerknaben & Concentus Musicus Wien
 Bach: St Matthew Passion
2001
 Karen Wilson (producer), Don Harder (engineer), Helmuth Rilling (conductor) & the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra & Chorus
 Penderecki: Credo
2000
 Robert Shafer (conductor), Betty Scott, Joan McFarland (choir directors), the Maryland Boys Choir, the Shenandoah Conservatory Chorus & the The Washington Chorus
 Britten: War Requiem
1999
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Barber: Prayers of Kierkegaard/Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem/Bartók: Cantata Profana
1998
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Adams: Harmonium/Rachmaninoff: The Bells
1997
 Andrew Litton (conductor), Neville Creed, David Hill (chorus masters) & the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
1996
 Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Vance George (choir director) & the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem
1995
 John Eliot Gardiner (choir director), the Monteverdi Choir & the Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique
 Berlioz: Messe Solennelle
1994
 Pierre Boulez (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Bartók: Cantata Profana
1993
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Bach: Mass in B Minor
1992
 Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Vance George (choir director), the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, the San Francisco Boys Chorus & the San Francisco Girls Chorus
 Orff: Carmina Burana
1991
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Walton: Belshazzar's Feast/Bernstein: Chichester Psalms; Missa Brevis
1990
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Britten: War Requiem
1989
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Verdi: Requiem & Operatic Choruses
1988
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Hindemith: When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd
1987
 James Levine (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Orff: Carmina Burana
1986
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Berlioz: Requiem
1985
 James Levine (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Brahms: A German Requiem
1984
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Haydn: The Creation
1983
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Berlioz: La Damnation de Faust
1982
 Neville Marriner (conductor) & the Academy of St Martin in the Fields & Chorus
 Haydn: The Creation
1981
 Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor), Norbert Balatsch (chorus master) & the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
 Mozart: Requiem
1980
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director), & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Brahms: A German Requiem
1979
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Beethoven: Missa Solemnis
1978
 Georg Solti (conductor), Margaret Hillis (choir director) & the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Verdi: Requiem
1977
 André Previn (conductor), Arthur Oldham (choir director) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Rachmaninoff: The Bells
1976
 Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor), Robert Page (choir director) the Cleveland Boys Choir & Cleveland Orchestra Chorus
 Orff: Carmina Burana
1975
 Colin Davis (conductor) the Ambrosian Singers, the Wandsworth School Boys Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Berlioz: The Damnation of Faust
1974
 André Previn (conductor), Arthur Oldham (choir director) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Walton: Belshazzar's Feast
1973
 Georg Solti (conductor), the Vienna Boys' Choir, the Vienna Singverein Chorus, the Vienna State Opera Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra & various artists
 Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E Flat (Symphony of a Thousand)
1972
 Colin Davis (conductor), Russell Burgess, Arthur Oldham (choir directors) the Wandsworth School Boys Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Chorus
 Berlioz: Requiem
1971
 Gregg Smith (choir director), the Gregg Smith Singers & the Columbia Chamber Ensemble
 Ives: New Music of Charles Ives
1970
 Luciano Berio (conductor), Ward Swingle (choir director), The Swingle Singers & the New York Philharmonic
 Berio: Sinfonia
1969
 Vittorio Negri (conductor), George Bragg, Gregg Smith, (choir directors), E. Power Biggs, the Edward Tarr Ensemble, the Gregg Smith Singers & the Texas Boys Choir
 The Glory of Gabrieli
1968
 Leonard Bernstein (conductor) & the London Symphony Orchestra & Choir
 Mahler: Symphony No. 8 in E Flat Major (Symphony of a Thousand)
Eugene Ormandy (conductor), Robert Page (choir director), the Temple University Choir & the Philadelphia Orchestra
 Orff: Catulli Carmina
 
1967
 Robert Shaw (conductor) & the Robert Shaw Orchestra & Chorale
 Handel: Messiah
1966
 Robert Shaw (conductor), the Robert Shaw Chorale & the RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
 Stravinsky: Symphony of Psalms/Poulenc: Gloria
1966
 Gregg Smith (conductor), Columbia Chamber Orchestra, Gregg Smith Singers and Ithaca College Concert Choir; George Bragg & Texas Boys Choir
 Charles Ives, Music: Chorus
1965
 Robert Shaw (choir director) & the Robert Shaw Chorale
 Britten: A Ceremony of Carols
1964
 Benjamin Britten (conductor), Edward Chapman, David Willcocks (choir directors), the Bach Choir, Highgate School Choir & the London Symphony Orchestra & Choir
 Britten: War Requiem
1963
 Otto Klemperer (conductor), Wilhelm Pitz (choir director) & the Philharmonia Orchestra & Chorus
 Bach: St. Matthew Passion
1962
 Robert Shaw (choir director) & the Robert Shaw Orchestra & Chorale
 Bach: B Minor Mass
1961
 Thomas Beecham (conductor) & the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra & Chorus
 Handel: Messiah

  
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