Philomusica Chorale Presents

Thank you to all who experienced our wonderful concert this weekend!

Note different locations for each performance.
Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled February 4 date will be honored.

Join us for our Spring concert
Grant Us Peace
on May 18 & 19

Joseph Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times (also known as the Lord Nelson Mass), was written in 1798 and is considered one of his greatest works.English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote the Dona Nobis Pacem cantata in 1936 amid growing fears of a coming war, with texts taken from several Walt Whitman poems.Experience these moving works with us as we hope for peace in our own unsettled world.


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Your generosity is a vote for beauty and art in our world

About Us

Our Mission, Vision, and Values


Philomusica Chorale connects people through imaginative choral music programs that

Entertain, Educate, Engage, and Inspire

We Sing Together, Listen Together, Learn Together, and Uplift Lives Together.


Our Values:
• We strive for excellence by delivering compelling and timely concerts, ranging from classical to contemporary,
    to share the power and spirit of music with our audience.
• We are fiscally responsible - we manage our finances responsibly with a focus on sustainable funding and growth.
• We are inclusive - we welcome all ages, genders, orientations, races, religions, ethnicities and affiliations.
• We are accessible - all people can attend our concerts regardless of mobility or ability to pay.
• We take our music seriously but not ourselves - we have fun!


Our Story

Since Philomusica Chorale (of Delaware Valley) was formed in 1979 by the late Dr. Mardia Melroy, our purpose has been to present all types of choral music from all periods of music history.

Led by Artistic Director Gayle Wieand since 2005, Philomusica is an auditioned volunteer chorus drawing singers and audiences from all over the Delaware Valley.We perform two major concert cycles each year, many enriched by collaboration with dance, visual arts, instrumentalists, spoken word, and even members of our audience.A volunteer Board of Directors handles financial management, fundraising, publicity, programs, activity packs for kids and hospitality. Volunteers manage ticket sales, staging, ushering and parking.Our home base is the Chestnut Hill section of Northwest Philadelphia as well as the surrounding areas of Philadelphia and Montgomery County, Pennsylvania. In addition to performances at the Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, the Chorale takes its programs to the main branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia, as well as local senior communities, rehabilitation centers, and shelters.We welcome and encourage children to attend our concerts. Special Kids Packs, filled with concert-related materials and puzzles are available at every program.


Our Singers

Roughly translated from the Greek, Philomusica means loving music. And that’s just the beginning.

Our singers have a wide range of musical and performance experience and represent diverse races, ages, faith traditions, community segments, orientations, and economic/cultural backgrounds.
Our ensemble is a balance of soprano, alto, tenor and bass voices—our number is currently at about 50 singers, and we welcome newcomers at any time!

Learn about our easy and fun auditions.

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Philomusica Chorale rehearsal for T-Shirt concert in May 2023


Our Artistic Staff

Artistic Director Gayle Wieand brings to the Chorale an effervescent enthusiasm and a belief that music has the power to connect people of all ages and backgrounds in a meaningful way.

Gayle Wieand

Gayle Wieand, Artistic Director

Under Gayle's leadership, the Chorale has commissioned choral works by national composers, engaged in unique artistic collaborations, created a welcoming place for children as both soloists and audience members, and carried the music to underserved audiences.Gayle brings extraordinary creativity and dedication to presenting programs that engage the mind, touch the heart, and often tickle the funny bone.A composer in her own right, Gayle’s Sacred Service, an extended work for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble, premiered in June 2010. Her full length composition, With Every Breath, premiered in May 2019.Gayle earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in music from Temple University.

Gayle also leads the Philadelphia Women’s Music Project and gives private studio lessons in voice, piano, clarinet, theory and composition in person and on Zoom.

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Pat Hallman

Patricia L. Hallman
Accompanist

Pat has served as accompanist for Philomusica Chorale for more than 30 years. With a degree in music from Susquehanna University, Pat is a retired vocal music and string instrument teacher in the Upper Merion Area School District and works in area churches as a substitute organist.

Vanessa Ballard
Poet-in-Residence

Vanessa is an accomplished soprano, actor, and poet.


Board of Directors

Philomusica Chorale has a diverse and accomplished board leadership team. The majority of board members are also singers in the Chorale, showing their love of and commitment to the group by volunteering their time on the board, in addition to time in rehearsals. Our highly educated board consists of three members with terminal degrees of Ph.D., six with Master’s degrees and a CPA.The work experience the members bring to the board help them to make informed decisions and think strategically in order to build the chorale and reach Philomusica's mission to entertain, engage, educate and inspire. The experience includes two members who worked in leadership for the National Park Service, an educational administrator, a nursing home administrator, a marketing, engineering and sales leader, a certified technology and business analyst, a digital library strategist, an IT strategist, an accountant, a project manager, a senior measurement scientist and two music educators.Many Philomusica Board members have also sung with and have been members of other chorale boards. board member longevity in Philomusica ranges from 23 years to 2 years. Their talents and skills vary with their training and experience which makes them extremely able to accomplish the many tasks required for being on a board. Many have leadership roles in their current or previous work life. Our treasurer is extremely talented and experienced in the financial world, and has functioned in that role since 2015. Her continuity, joined with our talented Executive Artistic Director, have led the Board and the Chorale through good times, and challenging times, such as the global pandemic.Other board members have extensive musical knowledge which supports the Chorale’s ownership and management of an extensive music library. A few board members bring a background in fundraising which will help us to meet our goal of growing our coffers to provide opportunities to continue to present innovative concerts supported by talented musicians and to champion new compositions and composers. A few of our board members are especially skilled in computer and digital organization and communication. This supports our goal to update and revise our website to better reach our community with information about the Chorale and Ways to Give. Finally, we are organized, focused and interested in continuing to grow Philomusica Chorale as we fulfill our mission to entertain, engage, educate and inspire.

 

         Board of Directors
Sandy Connelly, President
Janine Beale, Vice President
Kathy Dilenschneider, Treasurer
Melissa Margolis, Secretary
Najah Ali
Diane Breen
Steve Elkinton
Lauren Entrekin
Mary J. Fallon
Ethan Lewis
John Mark Ockerbloom
Sherry Peck


Access, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (ADEI) Statement

Philomusica Chorale is a diverse and inclusive community promoting equity and access for all. We work to celebrate our similarities, respect and learn from each other’s differences, and make space for all voices to be heard. Philomusica strives to foster a culture of inclusion and belonging in which everyone feels welcome, respected and valued.


Contact Us

Questions? Suggestions?
We'd love to hear from you!

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Philomusica Chorale
P.O. Box 4016
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Our Season


Thank you so much for join us for our 2024 Spring concert!

Grant Us Peace

Joseph Haydn’s Mass for Troubled Times (also known as the Lord Nelson Mass), was written in 1798 and is considered one of his greatest works.English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams wrote the Dona Nobis Pacem cantata in 1936 amid growing fears of a coming war, with texts taken from several Walt Whitman poems.Experience these moving works with us as we hope for peace in our own unsettled world.

Click here for Concert Program

Note different locations for each performance.
Tickets purchased for the originally scheduled February 4 date will be honored.


Did you miss our 2023 Spring concert?

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Sing With Us

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Philomusica Chorale’s volunteer singers come from all walks of life.
We work hard but laugh harder, we learn, grow, and love making a
musical contribution to our community.

There are so many reasons to join us as a singer!

  • you'll grow musically

  • you'll stretch your brain

  • you'll feel a sense of accomplishment

  • you'll meet new people and cultivate new friendships

  • you'll have a lot of fun

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Experience our rehearsals for yourself! All singing abilities are welcome.
Contact Us!


We rehearse in person (safely)—and occasionally on Zoom
Mondays at 7:30 from September through May at:
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill
8855 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

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How we're staying safe


If you're interested in a truly wonderful singing experience,
we want to hear from you!
Send us a note to learn more about how to join us!

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Stay in Touch

Stay up to date on upcoming events by adding your name to our mailing list.
Our mailings are infrequent and friendly, and we never share the list!

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Support Us

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We are profoundly grateful for your support.
Your gift is a vote for beauty and art in our world—
which we promise will make you feel really good!

You can make a difference!

Donors play an essential role in the arts and ticket prices cover only a small fraction of our expenses. As a community choir, the financial support we receive is critical and necessary for us to bring people together to share in the power and spirit of choral music.Every dollar we receive makes a significant difference in our ability to bring creative programming to our audience. Your generous gift may be used in a number of ways, including performance space rental, funding instrumentalists, and reimbursing expenses for outreach concerts to underserved communities.There are many ways to make a gift to Philomusica Chorale:

  • One-time gift - Donate

  • Sustainer (recurring monthly donations) - Donate

  • Endowing Philomusica Chorale as a legacy gift

  • Corporate matching donations

  • Contributions from Donor Advised Funds (DAFs)

  • Qualified Charitable Distributions from IRAs

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For planned financial giving, please contact our treasurer at: philomusicaoffice@gmail.com.

Philomusica Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit chorus, so your contributions are tax deductible.

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If you prefer to mail a check, please make it out to Philomusica Chorale and mail to:
Philomusica Chorale
P.O. Box 4016
Philadelphia, PA 19118

Philomusica Chorale is supported by the following foundations

COVID Policy

As we have returned to more normal routines, we continue to be mindful about COVID and keeping our singers and audience safe. As such, we adhere to the following health policies:

1. In 2021 and 2022, singers were required to be fully vaccinated. Now, vaccinations are recommended by not required. We do ask those that feel sick to stay home. Thanks to technology, singers can Zoom into rehearsal and miss anything!2. All rehearsals and performances are MASK OPTIONAL.3. We love to perform in person with an live audience but we also stream our concerts live (and record) to expand our reach to those who live far away or who can't make the trip.4. We want everyone—singers and audience alike—to feel safe and to stay healthy. Our Medic Committee remains active in monitoring community COVID trends and making evidence-based decisions about rehearsing, performing, and masking.

Let's be safe and have fun at the same time!

Philomusica in the News

A 'T-shirt concert' set to explore social justice issues

Logo to Home

Philomusica Chorale will perform in a “T-Shirt Concert” on May 6 at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.

Chestnut Hill Local, April 28, 2023Philomusica Chorale, a Chestnut Hill-based community chorus, will perform in a May 6 concert that highlights issues of social justice, at The Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill.During what organizers are calling a “T-shirt concert,” the chorale will sing music that addresses concerns such as diversity, equity, immigration, women’s issues, inclusion and the LGBTQ+ community. Instead of wearing traditional choir attire, chorale members will wear T-shirts with the issues printed on them. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.“The idea for a T-shirt concert came from two places,” Gayle Wieand, artistic director of the chorus, explained in a press release. “First, the yard signs in our community that announce ‘This house believes: science is real, Black lives matter, women’s rights are human rights, etc.’” The concert aims to explore what music has to say about these issues and the world’s capacity to change, Wieand said.“Second, we wanted to change up the image of a traditional chorale by switching out tuxedos and long dresses for everyday clothing – including T-shirts – to enhance the sense of everyone’s belonging,” Wieand said,The concert will include the Philadelphia premiere of “As We Are Changed,” a 2019 oratorio for soprano, tenor, chorus and chamber orchestra by Carson Cooman, with a libretto by Euan Tait. The one-hour piece explores the constant transformations under way in our world and in ourselves. Because of the pandemic, this is only the second time the oratorio has been sung for a live audience, anywhere in the world.The program will also include “Stand Up” from “Harriet," the musical based on the life of Harriet Tubman; “America Will Be!” a composition by Joel Thompson that speaks to the friction between professed ideals and painful reality; “Finally On My Way To Yes,” by Elizabeth Alexander, a song imbued with messages of acceptance and freedom from the constraints of others’ expectations; and “I Had No Time To Hate,” by Tarik O’Regan, based on the poem by Emily Dickinson.“The purpose of this concert is to make people think; put them in touch with vulnerable feelings,” Wieand said. “We hope to get people talking.”

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Past Events

Take a look at some of our past concert posters