Concord Chamber Singers has been delighting audiences for 48 years throughout the Lehigh Valley, as well as communities throughout the United States and Europe. Founded in 1967 by Dr. Blaine Shover, CCS welcomed Dr. Jennifer Kelly in the Fall of 2012 as Artistic Director. Our members travel from all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond to sing a diverse repertoire of both classic and contemporary works. Known for our energy and versatility, CCS has a tradition of singing throughout the ages, from intimate pieces to large-scale major works with orchestra. Over the years, we have collaborated with numerous ensembles, including the Allentown Symphony and Pops Orchestras, The Allentown Band, Philadelphia Brass, Chiara String Quartet, Dave Roper Trio, Louie Setzer and the Appalachian Mountain Boys, Lafayette College Choirs, and Lehigh University's Choral Union. Our season includes a varying themed Yuletide Feast with dinner and entertainment, Spring concert in venues such as Foy Hall, historic Bethlehem Ice House, and various places of worship in the Valley. We also perform for Lehigh's Baccalaureate, and occasionally add a concert if a special opportunity arises, such as Video Games Live in Allentown Symphony Hall or the premiere of a new major work by Gabriela Lena Frank, Songs of Cifar and the Sweet Sea, in collaboration with the Lafayette College Choirs and international soloists/instrumentalists. We have also enjoyed three European tours and look forward to our fourth!
Additional highlights over the years include: a special appearance during a Kenny Rogers' Christmas Concert at Lehigh University's Stabler Arena; choral prelude music at the National Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul in Washington, D.C. as part of their Evensong Lenten services; joining the Lehigh University's Choral Arts in performances of Brahms' Requiem, Schoenberg's A Survivor from Warsaw, and Verdi's Requiem; Musikfest performances; Mendelssohn's Elijah; Haydn's Creation; Emma Lou Diemer's Mass; and Cherubini's Requiem in C minor in collaboration with the Concerto Soloist Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia. In August of 2001, CCS performed Sing for the Cure™: A Proclamation of Hope at Music in the Mountains in East Stroudsburg, PA. The concert was sponsored by Shawnee Press to benefit the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for Breast Cancer research.
Dr. Blaine Shover retired as Artistic Director in 2012, as did our accompanist Eileen Wescoe. We welcomed our new Artistic Director Dr. Jennifer Kelly and our new Accompanist Anna Maria Marzullo. Thanks to our singers, board members, audiences, donors, and supporters, Concord Chamber Singers looks forward to the next 48 years of superb music making!