Choral Arts PHiladelphia
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.
matthew glandorf | artistic director
Matthew Glandorf has an active career as a conductor, composer, church musician, and educator. He was raised in Germany, where he received early instruction at the organ at the Bremen Cathedral with Wolfgang Baumgratz. At age sixteen he entered the Curtis Institute of Music as a student of John Weaver and Ford Lallerstedt. He pursued graduate studies with McNeil Robinson at the Manhattan School of Music. In 2004 he was appointed as artistic director of the Choral Arts (Society of) Philadelphia, and in 2008 he became the artistic director of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia. He has served as director of music for many Philadelphia churches, including St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Old St. Joseph's, Old Pine Street Presbyterian, Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, and University Lutheran Church of the Incarnation.
As an organist he is noted for his improvisation skills and has played recitals throughout the United States and in England and Germany, including Rochester Cathedral, Ulm Munster, the Cathedral of Bremen, the Wanamaker Grand Court organ, and the new organ in Verizon Hall. He has made several recordings as an organist and an accompanist. Matthew has served on the faculties of Swarthmore College and Westminster Choir College and is a current faculty member at the Curtis Institute of Music.
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Choral Arts is a semi-professional chorus, which means that most of our members are volunteer, avocational singers, who nonetheless maintain a high level of vocal artistry. At every performance, our family of singers is supported by a professional core of at least eight vocalists. Over the past decade, Choral Arts Philadelphia has evolved from a symphonic chorus to a chamber-size chorus in response to the needs of our repertoire, and in order to cultivate and offer the highest level of performance quality.
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2017-2018 Season CHOIR Roster
THE PHILADELPHIA Bach Collegium
The resident ensemble of the Bach Festival of Philadelphia was founded in 2008 by Matthew Glandorf. The Collegium is comprised of the region’s finest musicians and scholars who specialize in the music of XVII-XVIII centuries. The ensemble is devoted to using historically authentic instruments. The principal players are veterans of the historically informed performance practice movement and are graduates of the leading conservatories and Universities in the Unites States, Great Britain, and Holland.
Since the launch of Bach At Seven series, the ensemble's members have designed and presented uniquely crafted programs, thematically related to J.S. Bach, his contemporaries, mentors and followers. Some of the most recent programs include: "F.J. Haydn "The Seven Last Words of Christ" (with Franklin Quartet), "Parisian Prtraits: French musical portraiture of the 18th century", "Downstream Bach" (with Night Music). In the 2017-2018 season of Bach At Seven, the Collegium will present three solo programs of chamber works by J.S. Bach, Telemann, Buxtehude, Zelenka, composers from Sweden and Denmark, among others.
Susannah Hunter | director of development
Susannah joined Choral Arts Philadelphia and The Bach Festival of Philadelphia as Director of Development in August 2015. Prior to joining our organization, Susannah served as Assistant Director of Development for College of Nursing and Health Professionals of Drexel University. Susannah has been a professional in non-profit management and development for over fifteen years. Susannah has served in similar capacities at the University of Delaware and Plymouth Meeting Friends School. Susannah has extensive experience with annual giving, board development, and non-profit management. She also worked in youth development and education for many years at the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania. Susannah holds a B.A. in English from Temple University and a M.S. in Higher Education from Drexel University with a concentration in Global and International Education.
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Inna Lobanova-Heasley | DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS
Inna is the founder and owner of PR Perfect LLC where her main focus is on the promotions of the local arts and artists. Inna auditioned and joined Choral Arts in 2007 as a member of the alto section just so that she could participate in the performance of her favorite composer Sergey Rachmaniniov's St. John Chrysostom. Ever since, she remained an active member of the choir and joined our board of directors in August 2016. Born, raised and educated in Moscow, Russia, Inna is an avid amateur singer and trained pianist. Since her early childhood and through her career in the arts marketing, she has been regularly immersed in live performances and back-stage process by some of the leading Russian and International masters of classical and modern ballet, classical music, theater, opera, visual arts and cinematography. In addition to her musical education, she studied at Moscow State Linguistic University and American Institute for Paralegal Studies.
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Board of directors
The Board of Directors of Choral Arts Philadelphia is the sole member of the Board of Directors of our sister organization,
The Bach Festival of Philadelphia.
The Bach Festival of Philadelphia.
Active Board Members
The Risk Management Association
Alexis Barron, Esquire
(Bach Festival of Philadelphia)
Fox Rothschild LLP
Artistic Director (ex officio)
The Curtis Institute of Music
Church of the Good Shepherd
Haas Charitable Trust Chair in Organ Studies, The Curtis Institute of Music
Director of Marketing & Communications
PR Perfect LLC
S. Clement's Church
Barnes Alumni Council
Theodore D. Cheek, MD
Emeritus & Honorary Board Members
Mary Louise Craig
Dorothy M. Edgar
Peter Gulia, Esq.
Mary D. Hangley
Nancy Miller, Esq.
J. Randall Rosensteel
Dylan J. Steinberg, Esq.
Meredith Quirin Waldron