Announcements

Inviting New Singers
for
2022 Fall Concert
with
Professional Orchestra
Professional Soloists
performed in the magnificent
Irvine Memorial Chapel
at
Mercersburg Academy

Weekly rehearsals begin 7:00 pm, Tuesday, September 20, 2022.
For more information see Join Us and Chorus Members or email
merchorus@gmail.com or call Richard Rotz 717-328-2324.
You are welcome to come visit and rehearse with the chorus for a week or two
before making a commitment to join.
Please share this information with other singers who may be
interested in singing great choral music.

2022 Fall Concert Schedule
 December 3, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
 December 4, 2022 at 4:00 p.m.
(See "Events" above for more details.)

Vivaldi: Gloria
Courtney: A Musicological Journey Through
  the Twelve Days of Christmas
Seasonal Music & Carols

History of the Chorus

The Chorus was established in the fall of 1975 with a performance of Handel's Messiah on Sunday, December 7. Since then the Chorus has become an important part of the regional music scene and performs a December series of 4 concerts and a spring series of 3 concerts each year. The Chorus became incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1980 and is governed by a six-member board of directors. In 1985 the Chorus established an endowment fund to give financial stability to the organization and help fund special projects.

The Chorus has commissioned four works: For You, O Democracy by Lee Hoiby in 1993, Magnificat by Thomas Beveridge in 1995, O Come Emmanuel by Daniel Gawthorpe in 2000, and No Coward Soul Is Mine by Ola Gjeilo in 2011.

Today great music remains the focus of the Chorus and is annually enjoyed by capacity audiences. Chorus members come from throughout the tri-state area and the common bond is the simple joy of singing. Many professions and backgrounds are represented and the Chorus currently includes teachers, homemakers, farmers, attorneys, nurse and business people. Rehearsals begin on Tuesday evenings about 10 weeks prior to each program. Professional soloists and orchestra members perform with the chorus and the size of the orchestra varies with the requirements of the music.