About the Choir

When Anne Boyer Cotten invited a handful of people into her dining room to sing a cappella tunes in 1978, she never dreamed it would become the dynamic, well-respected ensemble it is today.

"It was totally grass roots," says the founder and director of The Madrigal Choir of Binghamton. "After about two years, we started seeing this was serious stuff--we were good performers."

These days, with a tightly woven, intimate ensemble of 40-or-so members singing in any given concert, MCOB is better than good. Now under the leadership of Dr. Bruce Borton, the not-for-profit choir
performs sacred and secular a cappella works in concerts throughout upstate New York. MCOB was one of four performance ensembles invited to appear for the Showcase for the Statewide Arts Conference of the Alliance of New York State Arts Organizations held in Ithaca in October 2000. In June of 2001 they were the featured choral ensemble at the Region II convention of the American Guild of Organists where they premiered a new work by Alice Parker.

Anne has retired and moved near family in Arizona. The Board of Directors in June 2011 announced our new Artistic Director would be Dr. Bruce Borton.

Interested in becoming one of the group? Singers are chosen by audition for their ability to blend into exquisite ensemble sound. Any experienced choral singer with sight reading ability may audition for the MCoB by emailing director Bruce Borton at .

By-Laws of the Madrigal Choir of Binghamton, as approved November, 2015
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