Choral Arts Philadelphia is an ensemble of professional and avocational musicians. Inspired by the works of J.S. Bach, we present historically informed performances, explore new music, and engage the community in innovative ways.
who we are
Making music since 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia actively participates in the region’s musical community by celebrating the talents of our local professional and amateur musicians. As Philadelphia’s premier chamber chorus, Choral Arts Philadelphia presents concert experiences that delight and engage the community as well as contribute to their appreciation of the repertoire. Choral Arts Philadelphia is committed to musical excellence, historically informed performance practices, and furthering the great tradition of choral music.
Since 2013, Choral Arts Philadelphia, in collaboration with The Philadelphia Bach Collegium, a resident chamber ensemble of The Bach Festival of Philadelphia, have presented Bach At Seven Cantata Series (aka Bach@7), a mid-week 1-hour long programs, with pay-what-you-wish admission.
Under the tenure of its first artistic director, Sean Deibler, the chorus (formerly Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia) regularly partnered with the Philadelphia Orchestra in concert and on recordings. Since then, Choral Arts has built a significant reputation and artistic presence in Philadelphia as a symphonic choir, and has maintained a particularly strong commitment to exploring areas of the choral repertoire outside of the central canon.
Deibler’s successor, Donald Nally, added greatly to the chorus’s local and national successes that culminated in receiving the Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence from Chorus America and Philadelphia Magazine’s Best of Philly Award during its 20th anniversary season.
In our distinguished 30+ year history, the choir has performed over 300 works by more than 100 composers.
In 2004, Matthew Glandorf was appointed the new artistic director, and the ensemble started building its reputation as a premier early music ensemble.
Changing our name to Choral Arts Philadelphia in 2009, signaled a new direction as the ensemble has been transformed into a chamber size choir to achieve greater vocal flexibility to perform both the early and modern music repertoire.
Most recently, we have commissioned and premiered choral works by such acclaimed composers as David Ludwig, Kile Smith, Mark Rimple, Riho Maimets, Melissa Dunphy, Daniel Shapiro, Anthony Mosakowski, and Andrew Lipke. We produced two recordings: "Handel Messiah" (in collaboration with Tempesta di Mare) and "Choral Music of David Ludwig".
In 2016-2017, Choral Arts performed a unique cycle of 18 cantatas of J.S. Bach as part of the "1734-1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach" project, with major support from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage.