The 25-member Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir is one of Israel’s leading non-professional choirs. The Jerusalem Oratorio Chamber Choir sings a varied repertoire of classical liturgical and secular music from the Renaissance to the present, as well as African-American spirituals, Israeli and Jewish music, arrangements of traditional songs from around the world, and more. The choir performs regularly in churches and concert spaces in Jerusalem and around Israel and has performed in international festivals and programs

The Chamber Choir has represented Israel abroad at the International Festival for Liturgical Music in Valencia, Spain (1999); the Maggio Musicale in Florence (2000); the project “In One Voice” (D’une seule voix);and a 3-week tour with Israeli and Palestinian musicians (France 2006). The choir participated in a several-year collaboration with the Zamir Choir of Bayreuth, Germany (2008-2014), which included performances of works by the Israeli composer Isaac Tavior (with the Nuremberg Philharmonic Orchestra German Radio Orchestra), at the annual International Holocaust Remembrance Day in the UN Building in New York on January 27, 2010, and at the UN in Geneva in January 2011 and 2014. In July 2017, the choir represented Israel and Jerusalem at the 5th European Festival of Jewish Choirs in St. Petersburg

In 2015, the Chamber Choir participated in a special project with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra (JSO), performing Leonard Bernstein’s “Kaddish,” narrated by American actor Richard Dreyfuss and conducted by Steven Mercurio (USA). In October 2016, the choir participated in the Israeli Music Fest with a performance of Yedidia Admon’s “Deborah’s Song,” also with the JSO, conducted by Yoav Talmi. In the 2017-18 season, the choir performed Beethoven’s 9th symphony with the JSO and the Monteverdi Choir from Hamburg, as well as in the world premiere of Israeli composer Eitan Steinberg’s “The Secret of Intention,” a piece for three mixed adult choirs, three children’s choirs, and percussion ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Andres Mustonen

The choir’s CD of sacred Jewish and Christian music, “The Seventh Gate” (recorded in Jerusalem under maestro Ronen Borshevsky), received the “Golden Orpheus” international award of the French Academy for best vocal music CD for 2007

Mr. Dor Magen has served as musical director and conductor of the Choir since September 2018