Now led by Artistic Director Gayle Wieand, Philomusica Chorale was formed in 1979 by Dr. Mardia Melroy. From the beginning, our purpose has been to present to the public all types of choral music from all periods of music history. Through our singers, instrumentalists and audiences, the Chorale draws together people of diverse backgrounds from communities all over the Delaware Valley. We try to engage, entertain, educate and inspire!
Recent programs have taken audiences "Around the World in 80 minutes" and even "Out of This World." In collaboration with other local arts organizations, recent concerts have incorporated dance, theater, Taiko drumming, classical and jazz instrumentalists, and Reckless Amateurs, a rock band. Audience participation is an integral part of most Philomusica concerts. In recent programs, concert goers have sung together, recited poetry, created puppet theaters, and even joined in playing guitar for a short folk song sing-a-long. Philomusica audiences now expect to be delighted by the music and a surprise or two.
In addition to its public concerts, the Chorale takes programs to senior citizen communities, rehabilitation centers and shelters. We welcome children to our concerts. Special Kids Packs filled with concert-related materials and puzzles are available at every concert. (Although one young person recently reported that "the concert was way too interesting. I forgot to do the Kids Pack!")
Email PhilomusicaChorale@msn.com or phone 215-247-1283
P.O. Box 4016
Philadelphia, PA 19118