Church of the Holy Cross, NYC

The Haverford Chambers and Concert Chorale sang a full concert at Church of the Holy Cross on 42nd Street in the heart of the theatre district. The program included “I Hide Myself” from Three Flower Songs by the acclaimed contemporary composer. Eric Whitacere; “Wade in the Water” by the modern master of spirituals, Moses Hogan; “Salmo 150” by Brazilian composer Ernani Aguiar; and “Esto Les Digo” by contemporary composer Kinley Lange.

They also attended a performance of the Broadway musical, Waitress, whose cast included 2003 choral alumnus, Jeremy Morse.


St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC

Our special thanks to the Haverford High School Choirs for their inspiring performance last Friday. Here is a clip for the more contemplative moments of this beautiful Sunday.

Posted by St. Patrick's Cathedral on Sunday, March 12, 2017


Haverford Chambers and Concert Chorale sang a full concert at the esteemed St. Patrick’s Catheral during their 2017 performance tour in NYC. They performed a sacred choral repertoire ranging from the Rennaisance through the contemporary. The concert was well attended by a large audience of tourists as well as parents, friends and HHS Choral Alumna.


Choral Cabaret 2017

On March 4th the Haverford Choral Program held their most successful benefit concert to date! Together we raised $9362.00 for the program. These funds directly benefit Haverford choral students, providing uniforms, music, and assistance with scholarship among other program expenses.

The lobby was beautifully decorated in a colorful and fun french theme, setting the tone for the evening. Guests enjoyed the opening buffet filled with delicious appetizers while perusing the amazing array of silent auction items available for bidding! Excited guests tried their luck in this years featured Hamilton ticket raffle and 50/50! Our choral friends and families truly gave from their hearts to support the program and many walked away happy winners!!

Of course the highlight of the evening is always the performances. Each year the evening showcases the talents of our choral students who perform contemporary numbers individually and in small groups with instrumental accompaniment. This years finale was an outstanding performance by our award-winning Chamber Choir and Concert Chorale performing songs from Les Miserables.

The Haverford Choral Association thanks everyone who made this event possible; our wonderful committee chairs and volunteers, everyone who donated delicious desserts that so gorgeously filled our intermission buffet tables, the choral students for pulling out the stops and putting on a fantastic show for their audience! And of course, Marsha core, the true heart of this choral program. Without her inspiration and belief in her students, a night like cabaret would not be possible.

A BIG THANK YOU to the following families and businesses that donated to the fabulous silent auction.
Alexia’s Gift Box, Andrea Broido, Andrea Isaacson/Arbonne International,
Jeanne Angell, Michelle Barber, Barnaby’s of America, Bead Garden, b.good, Bob’s Bake at Home Pizza, Bocella’s Deli, Brew Your Own Beer, the Buzzell Family,Bryn Mawr Film Insitute, the Calhoun Family, Calling All Paws, Casey’s, Cerca Trova Yoga, Chanticleer, Children’s Book World, Chickie’s & Pete’s, Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa, Marsha Core, Crossbar, Cuz & Co Salon & Spa, Delancey Street Bagels, Dish & Dabble, Eagle Pizza, Famous Crab Cakes, Faust Orthodontics, the Feder Family, First Watch, the Forrest Family, Skylar Forrest, the Fowler Family, Peggy Gionta, Golden Bowl, Mary Grove, The Hair Works, Hand & Stone Massage, the Hausmann-Alderson Family, Haverford Township Recreation Department, Havertown Bicycle Shop, Herosame, Jessica Hirsch Lynn, the Hufnal Family, Iacobucci Formal Wear, Iron Hill Brewery, Jano’s Pizza, JD McGillicuddy’s, Kaffir Thai Cuisine, Kettle, KitchenWorks, Carole Kriessman, L’Angelo West, Epoch Times Chinese Newspaper, Mad Mex, Jo Makoul, Jill Melsha Chiropractic, William Mentzer, Minnie & Moon, Robin Monteleone, the Mud Room,
Music Training Center, Narberth Community Theatre, Not Your Average Joe’s, Oakmont Farmers Market, Oakmont National Pub, The Painted Teacup, Paper Source, Perkins Restaurant, Philadelphia Fish & Lobster, Peoples Light Performing Arts Theatre, The Porch at the Lamb, Potbelly, the Potter Family, Qdoba, runstrong Running Group, Sabrina’s Cafe, Sam’s Brick Oven Pizza, SangKee Asian Bistro, Suzanne Shera, Sky Zone/Glen Mills, John Sturgis Photography, Taddeo’s Greenhouse, Matt Taglang Piano Tuning, Meg Thompson/Blue Rooted, Tony Roni’s—Havertown, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Velour Salon, Theresa Vickery/Liquid Hair Salon—Philadelphia, Wawa, White Dog Café, the Wolfe Family, Wynnewood Lanes, the Woodman Family, Yangming, Yapple Yogurt, YMCA—Haverford Area

The Haverford Choral Association looks forward to Cabaret 2018!


ACDA Performance 2016

The Haverford Combined Choirs, comprised of Concert Chorale and Chamber Singers, have recently presented their most prestigious performance for the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Convention in Boston. They were selected by competitive recorded audition. Their twenty-five minute program was heard twice on Saturday, February 13 at 9:00am and 11:00am at the historic Old South Church, Boyleston Street in Boston’s Back Bay area. The group was selected from a huge pool of school and university choir submissions throughout the East Coast. Our choir was the only mixed voice, satb high school choir on the list.!
The convention’s theme was Pushing Boundaries; The Haverford choirs did just that,offering a diverse program of a cappella repertoire from Renaissance to Contemporary vocal jazz.

A detailed description of the event can be seen on http://acdaeast.org/boston/ Scroll down and we are seen on the list marked Auditioned Choirs.


2016 Choral Cabaret

On February 21st the Haverford Choral Association held their annual Choral Cabaret benefit concert. An evening that showcases the talents of our choral students who perform contemporary numbers individually or in small groups with instrumental accompaniment. The finale of the evening was an outstanding performance by Haverford High School’s award-winning Chamber Choir and Concert Chorale performing Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “We Will Rock You”.

The Haverford Choral Association thanks everyone who made this event possible; our wonderful volunteers, everyone who donated delicious desserts that so gorgeously filled our intermission buffet tables, the choral students for pulling out the stops and putting on a fantastic show for their audience! And of course, Marsha core, the true heart of this choral program. Without her inspiration and belief in her students, a night like cabaret would not be possible.

A BIG THANK YOU to the following families and businesses that donated to the fabulous silent auction.
Jeanne Angell, Andrea Broido, Barnaby’s of America, The Bead Garden, Belvedere Flowers, b.good, Barr Family, Bob’s Bake at Home Pizza, Boccella’s Deli, Brick & Brew, Lisa Brown, Bryn Mawr Film Institute, Buzzell Family, Calhoun Family, Calling All Paws, Cerca Trova Yoga, Centrella’s Deli, Chanticleer, Cirillo Cosmetic Dermatology Spa, Marsha Core, Crossbar, Cuz ‘N Company, Delancey Street Bagels, Dish & Dabble, Eagle Pizza,
Edgewood Café & BYOB, Elegance Hair Salon, Envy Floral Affairs, El Limon, Faust Orthodontics, Feder Family, Fiji Nails, Lynn Fitzgerald,
Five Guys Burgers & Fries, Forrest Family, Fowler Family, Golden Bowl, The Hair Works, Hand & Stone Massage & Facial Spa, Hausmann-Alderson Family, Haverford Township Recreation Department, Havertown Bicycle Shop, Havertown Grille, Havertown Nail Salon, Jessica Hirsch Lynn, Hodsden Family,
Hufnal Family, Iacobucci Formal Wear, Iron Hill Brewery, Andrea Isaacson, Jano’s Pizza, JD McGillicuddy’s, John Sturgis Photography, Jules Pizza, Kaffir Thai Cuisine, Kettle, Kitchen Works, Mallon Family, McCrossan Family, Minnie and Moon, Peter Monteleone, Robin Monteleone, The Mud Room,
Music & Arts, Music Training Center, Nais Cuisine, Narberth Community Theatre, Not Your Average Joe’s, Lisa O’Reilly, Oakmont Farmers Market,
Oakmont National Pub, Paper Source, Pepperoncini, People’s Light Performing Arts Theatre, Pica’s, Potter Family, Qdoba,RejuvaNew You,
St. Joseph’s University, Salon Beautique, Sam’s Brick Oven Pizza, Sang Kee Asian Bistro, Julie Schultz, Suzanne Shera, Stash, Sweet Green, Taddeo’s Greenhouses, Testa’s Bakery, Tony Roni’s, Tracy Sturgis Voice Studio, Trader Joe’s, Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, Velour Salon, Wawa,
White Dog Café, Wolfe Family, Wynnewood Lanes, Yangming, YMCA-Haverford Area

Haverford Choral Assoication looks forward to the 2017 Choral Cabaret!


HCA Spirit Wear

The Haverford Choral Arts program is excited to offer our students and families the opportunity to purchase spirit wear online until November 8th!  These items will make great holiday gifts, and there is something for everybody! Show your support and order today!


Upper Darby Choral Fest

The Upper Darby High School Choral Music Association will host its annual invitational Choral Music Festival February 19th at 7:30 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center.

Now in its 24th year, the festival brings together more than 750 singers from nine area schools who will take part in the concert.

Upper Darby High School Choral Director Barbara Benglian points out that the festival, the only one of its kind in the area, is a noncompetitive one that promotes continued friendships and fosters inter-district musical collaboration.

For students and choral directors, it is an opportunity to share repertoire and experience varied musical styles. For audiences, it is an upbeat evening of family entertainment.

In addition to the award-winning Haverford High School combined choir, the festival showcases groups from Upper Darby and Drexel Hill middle schools, as well as ensembles from Conestoga, Springfield, Sun Valley and Unionville high schools.

Choruses from each of the participating schools will be highlighted in performances of short pieces of their choosing.

The concert will conclude with the combined choirs performing “America, the Beautiful.”

This is a highly entertaining festival that anyone who enjoys choral music will want to attend.

All seating is general admission. The $3 per person admission fee will be taken at the door. Refreshments will be available for purchase during intermission. The Upper Darby Performing Arts Center is at 601 N. Lansdowne Ave., in the Drexel Hill section.


SAVE THE KEYS

HAVERTOWN, PA

This summer Haverford High School’s chapter of the Tri M Music Honors Society is raising money to restore the school’s two grand pianos to their former glory: a Mason & Hamlin and a Lester Grand. The “Fund for the Keys” fundraiser will kick off with an alumni concert on Saturday, May 30th and will continue throughout the year with the goal of raising $25,000 to restore the pianos.  They can’t speak, but if they could they’d tell countless stories of musical triumphs. Of choirs that became families, and award winning orchestras that first lit a passion for music in young audience members who would one day grace the stage themselves.

Haverford’s music department is both renowned and beloved (boasting nationally and internationally recognized band, orchestra and choral ensembles), and the school’s Mason & Hamlin is at the heart of that program. A prized instrument of both pianists and music lovers alike, the BB model grand has given numerous generations of students the opportunity to perform with a true, concert worthy piano.

However, after 60 years of service, even pianos get a little worse for wear, and Haverford’s students are rallying togetherto give back to the program that first inspired their love of music. The repair costs sound steep, but they’re a small price to pay considering the school will have to switch to electric keyboards if these great instruments can’t be repaired. The pianos give students the opportunity to learn on inspirational instruments that reflect their own abilities, and electric keyboards are no substitution.  From competing in invitation only choral competitions in Veszprem Hungary, to working with the Philadelphia Orchestra Concertmaster, David Kim, Haverford music students are inspired to reach their full potential by a dedicated staff. It’s a tradition that brings communities together, and consistently turns out students who remember Haverford High School as the place where their love for music was first given a voice. Helping to restore the pianos is a way that students can say thank you to a program that has given so much to so many students over the years, and both current and former students are rising to the occasion.

Where  To  Send  Donations?
Checks  can  be  made  payable
to: Haverford  High  School  Piano  Fund
c/o  Marsha  Core
Haverford  High  School
200  Mill  Road
Havertown,  PA

Pittsburg Trip 2015

Returning from their trip last Sunday, the combined high school choirs (Chorale and Chamber Singers) made their way back to good ‘ole Havertown from Pittsburgh after attempts by winter to foil their trip. The choral trip was unexpectedly shortened due to inclement weather on Thursday which delayed the departure of the singers, and prevented them from performing at the state capital.

Yet, the choir prevailed under the leadership of music teacher extraordinaire Ms. Marsha Core and embarked west to commence the trip to the other side of the state, leaving Friday morning instead.

Jack Frost was the one in for a surprise when the choirs took off to Pittsburgh as they were not phased by such measly attempts to ruin their trip. Upon arrival in the city of steel, the choral students had a musical masterclass with one of the country’s top choral conductors and specialists, John Goldsmith. Other highlights of the excursion included a trip to the Andy Warhol Museum, shopping in downtown Pittsburgh, and when the singers put on their dancin’ shoes for a dinner and dancing cruise on the three rivers. They also went to a Pittsburgh theater to see the hilarious Mel Brook’s Musical, Young Frankenstein.

The trip concluded with a breath-taking concert in the beautiful space of the First English Evangelical Church  that featured musical selections from throughout time. One crowd and choir favorite was contemporary artist Eric Whitacre‘s popular piece, Leonardo Dreams of his Flying Machine as it sounded remarkable in the magnificent acoustical setting the church provided.

All of this would not be possible without the amazing work of the high school choral director and music teacher Ms. Marsha Core. Core worked tirelessly preparing, planning, and executing this fabulous trip which all of the choral students will remember for many years to come.

Videos from their concert:


ACDA Fall Conference

The Fourth Annual ACDA-PA Fall Conference, October 17 and 18 at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, featured interest sessions and performances by selected choirs from Fox Chapel High School, Temple University, Haverford High School, West Chester University, Penn State University, Seton Hill University and the ACDA-PA Elementary Honor Choir. In addition to all of these performances, your $45 registration fee included attendance at the Undergraduate Conducting Competition and Masterclass with Peggy Dettwiler, and an evening performance by Seton Hill Choirs.