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The Mendelssohn Choir hires Matthew Mehaffey as Music Director

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) is delighted to announce that Matthew Mehaffey will be its new Music Director. "The Mendelssohn Choir's national reputation attracted a significant number of outstanding candidates, making the Search Committee's job challenging and exciting,” says Robert Moir, a member of the Committee. “In the end, with overwhelming support from the choir members, the Committee and Board of Directors unanimously agreed...

Mendelssohn Choir’s Duruflé Requiem Named One of 2015’s Best Concerts

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has named the Mendelssohn Choir's October 11, 2015 performance of Duruflé's Requiem one of the best classical concerts of 2015.  The Requiem also marked the the final performance of Betsy Burleigh's tenure with the Choir, as she stepped down after ten years as Music Director, with "a deeply felt performance by the choir." Read the full list on our In the Press page....

A Farewell Message from Music Director Betsy Burleigh

Betsy Burleigh, Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, brought her ten-year tenure with the Choir to a close yesterday with a stirring performance of Durufle's music including his Requiem at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. Elizabeth Bloom, the Post-Gazette's music critic, wrote that "her farewell concert showed what Pittsburgh will miss in her absence." 

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Position Announcement: Music Director for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh invites qualified applicants to apply for the position of Music Director. Applications must be submitted by September 8, 2015. The desired start date, subject to the successful candidate’s availability, is no later than the end of August 2016 when the Mendelssohn Choir holds its annual retreat for chorus members. For more information on the position, and how to apply, please visit...

Betsy Burleigh to Step Down as Mendelssohn Choir Music Director

“With a heavy heart and much sadness,” Betsy Burleigh announced her intent to step down from her position as Music Director of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) in the 2015-2016 season. In 2013, Betsy moved to Bloomington, IN where she is Chair of the Choral Conducting Department at Indiana University’s prestigious Jacobs School of Music, and since that time has made the punishing commute...