The Zurich Vocalists were founded in November 2002 by their director Christian Dillig. The choir, which consists of around 30 singers, has set itself the goal of rehearsing and performing demanding choral music from the most varied of eras and styles at a high vocal and musical level. The choir has developed almost 30 programs so far, ranging from renaissance madrigal to oratorio to vocal jazz .
Thematic programs around a motto such as “Laugh and Cry”, “Wind and Weather”, “Music for Peace”, “Cradle of the Year” etc. alternated with regional focus programs by Nordic, Eastern, Baltic , English and French composers. In addition, the choir realized two pure jazz choirs and various oratorical projects, including the oratorio “King David” by Arthur Honegger , the “Requiem” by Gabriel Fauré and the “Petite Messe Solennelle” by Gioacchino Rossini . The choir experienced five special highlights with performances of the Duruflé -Requiem (2008) and the "Mass for Double Choir" by Frank Martin (2012) together with the professional chamber choir Cantus Uschgorod from Ukraine , the "Missa de Lumine" by David Haladjian with the Armenian Chamber Players (2009), the three choir project “ Max Reger : Our Father” with the Chamber Choir Notabene, Basel and the vocal ensemble Novantiqua, Bern (2011).
In 2013 the Zurich vocalists received the “Prix Helvetic” at the Friborg choir competition. Also in 2013, the German classic label Spektral released “Blue Bird”, the Zurich vocalists' first CD. In spring 2014 the choir gave concerts in Ajdovscina and Ljubljana ( Slovenia ).