A Local Gem
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.