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History

The Choristers is a 65 to 70-voice auditioned civic concert choir that has thrived since being organized in 1978 by the current Artistic Director, David Spitko. The choir began as an 18-voice chamber choir largely comprised of alumni of Ursinus College who missed the fellowship they had enjoyed in the choral program at the college. The Choristers started performing major choral works with professional soloists and orchestras in the mid-1980s. Over the past decade, the choir has not only performed the standard challenging repertoire (including Bach’s Mass in B Minor and Passion According to Saint Matthew, Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and the Philadelphia premiere of the Levin completion of Mozart’s Mass in C Minor), but also sought out and presented undeservedly under-performed works (including Dvořák’s Stabat Mater, Haydn’s Harmoniemesse, Mendelssohn’s Psalm 98 and Psalm 114, selections from Duke Ellington’s Sacred Concerts, Thompson’s Frostiana, and Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess ~ Concert Version, for which the Artistic Director created a four-hand piano accompaniment from the orchestral score). Finally, the choir has performed several commissioned works penned by its Composer-in-Residence, David Hobbs (The King of Peace, Where There Is Love, and Psalm 22).