Concord Chamber Singers has been delighting audiences for over 55 years
throughout the Lehigh Valley, the United States, and Europe with a repertoire of live music, including classic and contemporary works. David Macbeth took over leadership of CCS in Fall 2022, following Dr. Néviton Barros and Dr. Jennifer Kelly. Dr. Jennifer Kelly took over leadership of CCS in 2012 when the group’s founder, Blaine Shover, retired. Under their direction, the chorus has continuously entertained audiences with a wide variety of music, such as "An Evening with the Mendelssohns''; Carol Barnett's The World Beloved: A Bluegrass Mass; John Rutter's Magnificat and Mass of the Children; Ola Gleilo’s Sunrise Mass; Emma Lou Diemer’s Mass; as guest chorus for "Video Games Live!" with the Allentown Symphony; and performing world premieres by Gabriela Lena Frank and Hilary Tann.
A mission-driven organization, CCS highlights our community with annual
performances for Kirkland Village and the Lehigh University Baccalaureate; a tribute to our Lehigh Valley veterans in a concert featuring music from the World War II era; has performed at Musikfest; and opens various Iron Pigs and Phantoms games with the National Anthem. CCS continues to support our community by hiring local musicians and caterers, partnering with local businesses, and offering tickets for local fundraisers. 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, Lehigh Valley Charter High School of the Arts, Lehigh University's Choral Union, and multiple concerts with Emmet Cahill of Celtic Thunder.
CCS celebrates its members, many of whom travel from all over the Lehigh Valley and beyond to sing with one another on Wednesday evenings. Together, we celebrate marriages, births, new jobs, and we mourn deaths. Members are featured soloists in major works and cabarets and have input in repertoire and future directions. Known for its energy, versatility, and storytelling, CCS has a tradition of singing throughout the ages, from intimate pieces to large-scale major works with orchestra, and from all-music concerts to storied feasts featuring the theatrical talents of our members. We have also enjoyed three European tours and look forward to touring again.
Committed to bringing quality music to our greater community CCS consistently strives to uphold its mission: to foster excellent singing and impactful storytelling while engaging communities in the vibrancy of the choral art. Thanks to our singers, board members, audiences, donors, and supporters, Concord Chamber Singers has already begun the next 55 years of superb music making!