The Susquehanna Chorale has been widely recognized at the local, state, and national levels for its commitment to artistic excellence. Accomplishements include:
- Ensemble in Residence, Messiah College, Grantham, PA.
- 1994 Winner of the prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence, Chorus America’s highest national lifetime award.
- Selected as featured performers (by invitation and/or by auditioning) for several U.S. Eastern Division American Choral Directors Association conventions and as a headline choir for the Pennsylvania ACDA Summer and Fall Conference.
- Invited performances from the Governor of Pennsylvania include performances for the Governor’s Awards for Excellence in the Arts, the Pennsylvania Legislature, and the Governor’s Celebration of Hope and Freedom.
- Nationally distributed professional studio recordings, Sing Me to Heaven, A Susquehanna Christmas, Heritage, Wondrous Love, American Treasures, A Susquehanna Christmas II, and Sojourn. Sing Me to Heaven, Wondrous Love and American Treasurers were nominated for Grammy consideration.
- Frequently invited to appear with the Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra. The Susquehanna Chorale performed Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Bloch's Sacred Service in April 2018, Fauré’s Requiem in November 2016, and Brahms Requiem in 2015. They performed Mendelssohn’s Elijah April 2014 and Verdi’s La Traviata in March 2013. The Susquehanna Chorale also was featured in a “Concert of Remembrance” on September 11, 2011, in Mozart’s Requiem. The Susquehanna Youth and Children’s Chorales have also performed with the Harrisburg Youth Symphony, Harrisburg Symphony Orchestra and the York Symphony Orchestra.
- International tour in 1997, performances throughout England and Scotland including selection for the internationally renowned Leonard Stanley Music Festival. International tour in 2008 with performances in Austria, Switzerland and Germany.
- Featured performer at the Chautauqua Institution in Chautauqua, NY, in June 2016 and August 2013.
- Frequently featured on nationally syndicated public radio programs such as “The First Art” and “The Music Box.”
- Consistent commitment to presenting the music of living composers has led to commissions of local, national, and internationally acclaimed composers. As part of this commitment, we have brought several internationally renowned composers to Central Pennsylvania.
- Multiple performances at the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
- Created the Susquehanna Youth, Young Women’s, Childrens, and Preparatory Chorales which have been presented as model educational choral programs at Chorus America National Conventions. The Chorale has been involved with bringing such internationally known artists as Alice Parker, Robert Page, and the American Boychoir to Central Pennsylvania to conduct workshops with our Youth and Children’s Chorales.
Margaret Hillis Achievement Award for Choral Excellence
The Susquehanna Chorale is proud to have been the 1994 recipient of this award given by Chorus America. The Chorale is the first all-volunteer choir to receive this award. “This one-time award, which recognizes Miss Hillis for her more than forty years of professional achievement and outstanding contributions to the choral art, is presented annually to an ensemble which demonstrates artistic excellence, a strong organizational structure, and a commitment to outreach, educational, and/or culturally diverse activities.” Margaret Hillis was the beloved founder and director of the Chicago Symphony Chorus. Ms. Hillis pioneered the promotion of choral singing in America, bringing recognition to it as an art form in its own right. Complete information about this award.
2015 American Prize Finalist
The Susquehanna Chorale was a finalist in the national 2015 American Prize competition for community choruses.