Overview

Mastersingers USA (MSUSA) is a group of men who have some connection with Prof. Bruce McInnes, who retired in 2001 after leading singing groups at Yale University, Amherst College, and University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire, among other institutions.

Since 1996, MSUSA has given concert tours in Europe every 2 or 3 years, and in off-years the group has met for a weekend of rehearsals and performances in some city in the U.S.  Though their rehearsal time together is brief and infrequent, members study their music intensively on their own prior to each meeting. And then there is the benefit from many years of having sung under their director, Bruce McInnes. When it’s all put together in a concert, the effect can be magical, and audiences typically marvel at how a geographically diverse group like this can produce such excellent results with just a few days of intensive rehearsal.  The MSUSA repertoire consists of sacred music (masses, motets, anthems, etc.), folk music from many countries, and the American folk songs and spirituals which have proven to be so popular all over the world.

MSUSA currently exists as a loosely-knit group of about 100 men from all over the U.S. and several foreign countries. A wide range of ages is represented in the group, and those who are not retired or still in school pursue a variety of callings: among their number are doctors, lawyers, professional musicians, ministers/priests, teachers/professors, business managers, etc. What holds them together is a love of music, of their director, and of each other.