York Symphony Chorus History
Founded by Mary Sieker and Adam Hamme, the York Symphony Chorus made its concert debut on March 17, 1959. The chorus of 113 members premiered with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah” with The York Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Maestro Robert Mandell. Throughout its half-century history, the York Symphony Chorus has strived to bring to the stage and to the community a variety of choral masterworks and music performed with precision and expressiveness as a celebration of an ongoing legacy of choral music excellence in York, Pennsylvania.

From its first performance of Handel’s Messiah in 1959, the York Symphony Chorus has enjoyed the opportunity of performing some of the most beloved and historically significant choral repertoire. A short list would include oratorios such as Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Walton’s Balshazzar’s Feast, requia by Mozart, Verdi, Faure, Durufle, and A German Requiem by Brahms, and of course, Beethoven’s monumental Symphony No. 9.

 Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 in D Minor – Ode To Joy

Join the York Symphony Chorus

Dr. Kathleen Shannon, Chorusmaster, rehearses the YSC through an engaging Fall, Winter and Spring schedule. Rehearsals are held weekly, on Monday evenings, 7:30 – 9:00 pm, from September to May.

The York Symphony Chorus encourages singers to become part of this long-standing choral tradition in York, PA. Auditions for new members are held twice each year, at the beginning of the Fall and Winter seasons. Previous experience in a choir is desirable as is a basic understanding of musical notation. Audition dates and times are coming soon(usually in September and January) and will be held at our rehearsal site, Heidelberg United Church of Christ, 47 West Philadelphia Street in downtown York. Plenty of off-street parking is available.

Audition Procedure
Singers interested in joining the York Symphony Chorus will sing “America, the Beautiful.” A link to the sheet music for this song can be found here.  Altos and Basses should prepare the version in the Key of B flat. Sopranos and Tenors should prepare the version in the Key of E flat. Auditionees are asked to sing with as much expression and musicality as possible. Musicianship will be evaluated by a brief sight reading experience as well. Persons desiring to schedule an audition are asked to call (717) 825-2249 or email at: chorus@yorksymphony.org

For practice purposes, an accompaniment track is available here:

The York Symphony Chamber Singers
The York Symphony Chamber Singers were formed in 1982 by Mr. Ronald Dietz. His goal was to bring the finest in choral music to the greater York Community. Members of the Chamber Singers are selected by audition and are also members of the York Symphony Chorus. Kathleen Shannon presently serves as the Artistic Director of the Chamber Singers.

For more than thirty years, the Chamber Singers have presented a musical repertoire that encompasses sacred and secular music from all types, styles and periods. The group has performed locally as well as in such varied locations as St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York, historic Bruton Parish Church in Colonial Williamsburg, historic St. Paul’s Church in Petersburg, Virginia, the National Institutes of Health, Longwood Gardens, Mystic Seaport, St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Long Island and Washington National Cathedral. They have been featured with various artists from Peabody Conservatory, Cantate Carlisle, The York Oratorio Society and the York Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

The singers have made a commitment to include in their programs a substantial portion of music arising from our rich American heritage. Most of their selections are performed a cappella.

For information on the Chamber Singers or engaging the group, call Donna Snyder at (717) 428-1558.