The Philadelphia Chorale is a symphonic vocal ensemble drawing from a pool of more than 200 talented professional and highly-skilled volunteer singers from throughout the five-county Philadelphia area and throughout New Jersey. Members of The Chorale have studied at leading musical institutions throughout the United States and abroad, including the Curtis Institute of Music, Academy of Vocal Arts, Cincinnati Conservatory and The Juilliard School, and perform regularly with opera companies and professional vocal ensembles nationwide. As the premiere professional chorus in the Philadelphia region, The Philadelphia Chorale is committed to artistic excellence and only the finest choral experiences through collaborations with other professional and high-level arts organizations locally, regionally, nationally, as well as in the digital performing arena. In the 2021-22 season, The Philadelphia Chorale collaborated for the third time with world-renowned tenor Andrea Bocellli, as well as with the Grammy-winning a cappella ensemble Chanticleer and the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Chorale Artistic Director Jonathan Coopersmith is a highly regarded teacher, conductor, and lecturer on music theory and analysis, music history, and music's relationship to well-being. He has served as Chair of Musical Studies at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music since 2010 after joining the Curtis faculty in 2004. A native of Princeton, New Jersey and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Mannes College of Music, Mr. Coopersmith served as Associate Conductor of The Philadelphia Singers for twelve years, the Artistic Director of Nashirah for seven years, and as a guest chorus director of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Pennsylvania Ballet. Mr. Coopersmith has prepared choral ensembles for performances with Andrea Bocelli and The Philly POPS Orchestra, as well as for internationally-acclaimed conductors Sir Simon Rattle, John Adams, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Wolfgang Sawallisch, Christoph Eschenbach, Charles Dutoit and Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Since 2015, Mr. Coopersmith has been the festival host and a guest conductor at the world-renown Music From Angel Fire summer chamber music festival. In addition, he has been a regular guest lecturer in the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania, speaking about music and well-being. He recently wrote a chapter for a multi-volume set as part of the Humanities and Human Flourishing Project, titled Musical Flourishes: Lessons from a Conservatory, published by Oxford University Press in 2021. Mr. Coopersmith teaches conducting and composition privately and is a regular guest lecturer in the Philadelphia area, with recent lectures at the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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