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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." 

Dear Friends,

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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...

Stephen Neely Appointed Junior Mendelssohn Choir Music Director!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Stephen Neely is joining the staff as the Music Director of the Junior Mendelssohn ChoirMr. Neely was previously a member of the professional core of the Mendelssohn Choir, as well as a former faculty member of the Junior Mendelssohn.  We are delighted to welcome him back to the MCPStephen Neely's bio can be...

In Memory of Dr. Michael S. Pettersen

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we write to inform you that Dr. Michael S. Pettersen, tenor in the Mendelssohn Choir, passed away on Wednesday, April 1, of cardiac arrest. Mike was a valued member of the Choir, singing second tenor since his first season in 2008. He most recently participated in our peformance of Rossini’s Petite Messe Solennelle, on March 22...