About Pennsylvania Girlchoir

About Pennsylvania Girlchoir

Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) maintains a r20141206_pma_holidays_0232epertoire steeped in the classical tradition and enhanced by music from many cultures and time periods. Established in 2004, PG was lauded as “a happy addition to the musical resources of the region.” In 2007 the Girlchoir’s stellar performance in Mendelssohn’s oratorio Elijah with Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia led its music director Alan Harler to declare the Pennsylvania Girlchoir as “the finest girlchoir I’ve ever worked with,” and music critic Michael Caruso said PG “sang with impressive delicacy of tone, smoothness of balance and blend, and security of projection…” The Philadelphia Inquirer lauded the Girlchoir’s debut with the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Philadelphia Singers.

This season marks the 12th Anniversary of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.  In its first decade, PG has collaborated with many important Philadelphia arts and culture organizations, including the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mendelssohn Club, Opera Philadelphia (for which it serves as its official girlchoir), the Curtis Institute of Music, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Lyric Fest, WHYY, the University of Pennsylvania and Network for New Music. The Girlchoir was proud to participate in two world premiere performance events in 2011 as a part of the first Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA), collaborating with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia in the first of these and with the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Keystone State Boychoir in the second.

In October 2014,  the Girlchoir performed at the National Constitution Center’s Liberty Medal Ceremony honoring Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai. In October, they hosted a young women’s choral festival, “GETMusic!” which brought hundreds of female choristers from all walks of life to join forces for a weekend of shared musical connection. As the touring choir of Pennsylvania Girlchoir, the Motets have performed internationally in Italy, Iceland, the Pacific Northwest, the Czech Republic, Germany, France, Italy, Russia, Uruguay and Argentina. In June 2016, the choir will be embark on a concert tour in Barcelona, Spain. The brother choir of Pennsylvania Girlchoir is Keystone State Boychoir.


A Sampling of Recent Performances

  • Annual Gala Concert in Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center_lwh3120-xl
  • Annual “Caroling through the Galleries” Pennsylvania Museum of Art
  • “Turandot” with Opera Philadelphia Fall 2016
  • “Today Show” featuring the Let Freedom Sing! Girlchoir Summer 2016
  • Appalachian Festival of Young Voices Summer 2016
  • Concert tour to Catalan region of Spain Summer 2016
  • “I Never Saw Another Butterfly” at Congregation Adath Jeshurun in honor of Charles Davidson Spring 2016
  • The Church of St. Monica for “Music @ Monica’s” Series Spring 2016
  • Germantown Friends School a cappella Fest Spring 2016
  • TV: Fox and Friends with Bobby Hill Winter 2015
  • World Cafe Live with the Cartoon Christmas Trio Winter 2015
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Church with Bucks County Choral Society Winter 2015
  • Andrea Clearfield Salon Winter 2015IMG_1705
  • 6ABC Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade with Arielle Baril Fall 2015
  • Riverside Correctional Facility Fall 2015
  • Festival of Families with pop singer Juanes for Pope Francis Fall 2015
  • Children’s Sabbath at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul Fall 2015
  • Mann Center for the Performing Arts Summer 2015
  • Kimmel Center Perelman Theater with Jerusalem Youth Chorus Summer 2015
  • Pacific International Choral Festival in Eugene, Oregon Summer 2015
  • Germination Project at the Union League Spring 2015
  • Young Singers Sharing at Temple Performing Arts Center Spring 2015
  • Off-Broadway Reading of “Mother B!” at St. Luke’s Theatre Spring 2015
  • “Mother B!” Staged Reading at Upper Darby Performing Arts Center Spring 2015
  • Benjamin Britten’s “St. Nicolas Cantata” at Church of the Holy Trinity Winter 2014
  • Liberty Medal Ceremony honoring Malala Yousafzai at National Constitution Center Fall 2014
  • Girls Empowered Through Music! Festival with World Premier “When I Am Woman” by Andrea Clearfield, text by Sonia Sanchez Fall 2014
  • World Premier “William il Magnifico” by Alessandro Kirschner Summer 2014
  • Concert Tour to Northern Italy Summer 2014
  • World Premier “How Do I Love Thee” by Kile Smith Spring 2014
  • Off-Broadway Reading of “Mandela: A Life in Song” Spring 2014
  • “Magic Flute” with Opera Philadelphia Spring 2013

Pennsylvania Girlchoir office: 215.849.1762. For information about auditions: audition@pennsylvaniagirlchoir.org.