We are the Susquehanna Valley Chorale
The Susquehanna Valley Chorale's 2011-2012 Concert Season celebrates over 40 years of successfully encouraging musical artistry in Central Pennsylvania.
The SVC was founded in 1969 by a small group of musically oriented people who wished to sing, learn, and grow together in the performance of superb choral music. The first performance included 40 singers recruited by the founders. The Chorale succeeded quickly—it was incorporated in 1972—and grew continuously. We currently consist of well over 100 auditioned singers from a wide geographical area—from State College to Berwick, and Williamsport to Shamokin—and from practically all vocations and walks of life, bound together by our joy in performing and presenting great choral works.
The conviction of the founders has been amply confirmed for over 40 years: The people of the Susquehanna Valley of Central Pennsylvania respond positively to the opportunity to sing and to hear such music locally in live concert. The SVC has consistently attracted enthusiastic audiences, eager new members, high-quality conductor-directors and soloists, and talented instrumentalists. Supported by the SVC Orchestra, composed of professionally trained instrumentalists drawn from much of Pennsylvania, and vocal soloists from across the United States, the SVC is able to bring outstanding choral music to this area. We are, thus, ambassadors for the arts in Central Pennsylvania.
We are the region's only community choral group dedicated to presenting orchestra-accompanied choral music of major standing. Throughout our existence, the SVC has provided challenging opportunities for the singers who volunteer each year, as well as for our paid conductor-director, vocal soloists, and orchestra members. Even though our operating costs are high, our ticket prices remain very reasonable to encourage anyone with an interest in fine music to attend our concerts. Still, in each year of our existence, we have demonstrated fiscal responsibility through deficit-free operation.
The Chorale has performed at Zion Lutheran Church (Sunbury), Christ's Evangelical Lutheran Church (Lewisburg), St. Peter's Cathedral (Scranton), the Basilica of Saints Cyril and Methodius (Danville), Rooke Chapel and Weis Center for the Performing Arts (Bucknell University), Weber Chapel-Auditorium (Susquehanna University), Founders Hall (Hershey), and the Community Arts Center (Williamsport). Our service area actually extends well beyond these sites, thanks to broadcasts of recorded concerts on PBS stations such as WVIA (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton).