Setting the standard for choral excellence since 1920, the Westminster Choir is composed of students at Westminster Choir College. It has been the chorus-in-residence for the Spoleto Festival USA since 1977, performing both in concert and as the opera chorus. The Choir was also the chorus-in-residence for the Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy for 23 years. In addition to concert tours of the U.S., over the past several years the Westminster Choir has toured the United Kingdom, Korea and Taiwan, and has performed at the Colmar (France) International Music Festival. Praised by The New York Times for its "full-bodied, incisive singing," the Westminster Choir also forms the core of the Westminster Symphonic Choir, which has performed and recorded with the leading orchestras and conductors of our our time. Recent seasons have included performances with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra, the Cleveland Orchestra, the Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Berlin Philharmonic and Claudio Abbado, Pierre Boulez, Christoph Eschenbach, Ton Koopman, Lorin Maazel, Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti and David Robertson.