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Stewart Copeland of the Police talks devilish collaboration with Pittsburgh choir

The Mendelssohn Choir's 2019-2020 composer in residence, Stewart Copeland, sat down with The Beaver County Times to discuss his exciting new collaboration, Satan's Fall, which will be premiered by the MCP in February 2020.  Before that event, Stewart will be in Pittsburgh in October to workshop the piece, including a very special Evening With Stewart Copeland, where...

The Mendelssohn Announces the 2019-2020 Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) has announced its upcoming 2019–’20 season. At 112 years in operation, the Mendelssohn Choir is the city’s most celebrated chorus. Composed of approximately 150 singers, it is led by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey. The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP)’s 2019-‘20 season will open Oct. 23 with An Evening with Stewart Copeland Comments are closed Read more

Help the MCP End the Season on a High Note

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) may have sung the last note of the 2018-2019 season, but it's not quite over yet!  We have set a fundraising goal of $10,000, and when we raise this amount, a match of $55,000 will be unlocked! This extraordinary opportunity is made possible by a Bloomberg Philanthropies Arts Innovation & Management award and a very generous individual donor.  Your...

MCP Uplifting in Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) closed the 2018-2019 season in typical form: with another triumphant performance, this time Beethoven's Ninth Symphony with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO).  Under the baton of the PSO's music director, Manfred Honeck, the MCP demonstrated its trademark musicality and virtuosity that had audiences leaping to their feet after each of the four performances.  Expertly prepared by Robert Page Music...

MCP’s Victoria’s Secret: A Life in Music Fit for a Queen!

On May 18 and 19, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) brought the Victorian Era to Pittsburgh with a musical celebration of Queen Victoria's 200th birthday!  Titled Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music, and conducted and conceived by MCP Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, the performance took audiences at East Liberty Presbyterian Church (ELPC) (May 18) and Westminster Presbyterian Church (May 19) on an historical musical...

Britsburgh Approves Victoria’s Secret Concert as Queen Victoria’s Official Birthday Celebration in Pittsburgh!

On Wednesday, April 24, The Mendelssohn Choir was excited to host guests from Britsburgh at rehearsal for Victoria's Secret: A Life in Music, May 18 & 19.  The members of Britsburgh are passionate Anglophiles who strive to connect communities by driving growth in British-American culture, history, education, tradition and trade in Pittsburgh.  The evening started off with some fellowship and food at the Sharp Edge...

In Memory of Samuel P. Harbison III

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we write to inform you that Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) bass Samuel P. Harbison III passed away on March 26.

Sam joined the MCP in 2008, during the tenure of former Music Director Betsy Burleigh.  He had always loved music and the arts, but it was during his “second mid-life crisis,” as his beloved...

MCP Heavenly During Damnation of Faust

The Mendelssohn Choir descended to the depths of hell and ascended to the highest heavens on March 8 & 10 during the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO)'s performance of Berlioz's Damnation of Faust, under the baton of PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck.  The MCP demonstrated its trademark versatility: at one moment peasants frolicking in a field, then in another moment a chorus of demons, and in still another...

MCP’s Performance of Let My People Go! a Resounding Success!

On February 15, it seemed like the entire city of Pittsburgh was packed into Ebenezer Baptist Church to be a part of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP)'s performance of the Pittsburgh premiere of Donald McCullough's Let My People Go: A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad, conducted by Music Director Matthew MehaffeyThe Junior Mendelssohn Choir (JMCP), under the direction of Dr. Caron Daley, opened...

MCP in National Broadcast of Tree of Life Concert

The national broadcast of Tree of Life: A Concert for Peace and Unity will be aired on PBS and locally on WQED on Tuesday, December 11 at 8pm.  The concert was hosted by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), conducted by PSO Music Director Manfred Honeck, and featured world-renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman, and the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP).  The performance was taped on November 27, was free...

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh featured guests with Andrea Bocelli in concert

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP)'s 110th season just keeps getting better! Shortly before the end of our last successful season, including two sold out performances of The Times They Are A' Changin: The Words and Music of Bob Dylan with composer/conductor Steve Hackman, we got the call. Grammy-nominated and legendary tenor Andrea Bocelli was performing in Pittsburgh at PPG Paints Arena on...

Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh Selected as Grantee of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management Program

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh today announced that it is a grantee recipient of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Arts Innovation and Management (AIM) program. The invitation-only program seeks to strengthen the organizational capacity and programming of small and mid-size cultural organizations within Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Denver, New Orleans, Pittsburgh and Washington, D.C. Through the $43 million multi-year initiative, Bloomberg Philanthropies will provide unrestricted general operating support as well as arts...

MCP Announces 2018-2019 Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce its upcoming 2018-2019 season, including two exciting productions that are sure to delight and entrance audiences. MCP will present Let My People Go! A Spiritual Journey Along the Underground Railroad in collaboration with Ebenezer Baptist Church on February 15, 2019, marking the first time the Choir has performed in Pittsburgh's historic Hill District.  The concert will...

JMCP Singer Katherine Rostek Honored by Sewickley Herald

On May 11, the Sewickley Herald will honor Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (JMCP) singer Katherine M. Rostek as its Emerging Citizen during the newspaper's 42nd annual Sewickley Herald Man, Woman & Citizen of the Year event, celebrating people and organizations whose commitment exemplifies community spirit.  Katherine has been a member of the JMCP for the past two seasons, and was the recipient of the 2017 Barbara Cass...

MCP Returns to Three Rivers Arts Festival with The Words and Music of Bob Dylan!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will reprise their most-talked about concert to date on Tuesday, June 5 at the Three Rivers Arts Festival, The Music of Bob Dylan, arranged by conductor/composer Steve Hackman.  The work premiered in January to sold-out crowds at the popular indie-rock venue, Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale. Conducted by Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, The Mendelssohn Choir has channeled their...

MCP and PSO Promise Thrilling 2018-2019 Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir's artistic partners, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, just released their 2018-2019 performance season, and as usual, the season is filled with exciting choral performances.  The MCP begins the Mellon Grand Classics season in November 2018 with a performance of Gustav Holst's The Planets, then returns in December for a performance of Haydn's Mass in C Major, "Mass in Times of War," and Handel's Messiah, both under the...

MCP and Steve Hackman Rock Out in The Music of Bob Dylan

The Mendelssohn Choir and Steve Hackman took choral music to a new level on Thursday night with the world premiere of Hackman's new choral work The Music of Bob Dylan at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale.  MCP, normally known for singing classical choral works, channeled their inner folk musicians as they sang Hackman's arrangements of Bob Dylan favorites.  The first half of the concert was conducted...

Steve Hackman Talks The Music of Bob Dylan

Recently, composer/arranger/conductor Steve Hackman took some time out of his busy NYC schedule to chat about our upcoming collaboration, and what he wants audiences to know about The Music of Bob Dylan! Steve will be back in Pittsburgh to conduct this exciting new work, so you definitely don't want to miss it!  January 25-28 at Mr. Smalls Theatre.  Click here for tickets!           Of all the iconic musicians...

MCP and PSO Superb in Haydn’s Creation

Thunderous applause echoed through Heinz Hall this weekend after the Mendelssohn Choir and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra's performance of Haydn's Creation.  The choir and orchestra rose to the challenge of this difficult work executing the music and text brilliantly, but in the non-traditional way it was presented: semi-staged, featuring a small chorus of 16 MCP singers in front of the orchestra playing students learning about the...

Serenity Now! An Unparalleled Success!

Audiences in both Bellevue and Bethel Park experienced some Serenity Now! as the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh opened the 2017-2018 season with two evenings of exciting performances! From the opening bars of Gwyneth Walker's "Let Music Fill the Air," to the closing notes of  Shawn Kirchner's arrangement of the traditional "Unclouded Day," audiences were riveted by the program's range, and the MCP's musical versatility. As...

Our Love for Robert Page is Here to Stay!

On May 6 and 7, the Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs gathered with The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, the Page family, and our closest friends, fellow singers, and music lovers at Heinz Hall to pay tribute to our beloved Robert Page.  It was a wonderful weekend full of laughter, stories, memories and, most importantly, music-making!  Members of every musical group that Bob had ever conducted were...

Annelies – A Moving Performance

Not a sound was heard at Rodef Shalom on Saturday night during the Mendelssohn Choir's moving performance of Annelies, James Whitbourn's choral setting of The Diary of a Young Girl.  Music Director Matthew Mehaffey conducted the choir with sensitivity and nuance, while soprano soloist Amelia D'Arcy brought Anne Frank's words to life.  The concert was followed by a talkback with Amelia, Dr. Lauren Bairnsfather, director of the Holocaust Center...

Anne Frank’s Legacy: Free Special Event

On Sunday, January 29 at 3pm, the Mendelssohn Choir invites everyone to Anne Frank: The Literary, Historical, & Musical Legacy at Rodef Shalom Congregation.  This event will closely explore both Anne and her diary's place in history, in conjunction with the MCP's upcoming performance of Annelies, the first authorized musical setting of Anne Frank's Diary. Led by author Helen Faye Rosenblum and historian and Holocaust Center of Pittsburgh...

The Music of Downton Abbey – A Resounding Success!

Normally, when a large crowd of Pittsburghers are waving items, they're waving Terrible Towels and cheering on the Steelers.  On Saturday night, however, the full house at East Liberty Presbyterian Church was waving Union Jacks and singing "Rule Britannia!" during the Mendelssohn Choir's first performance of the 2016-2017 season, "The Music of Downton Abbey." Music Director Matthew Mehaffey made his Mendelssohn debut in splendid form as...

Robert Page: A Choral Legend

Robert Page, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh's beloved Music Director Emeritus, passed away quietly on Sunday, August 7. We are grateful for the privilege of having this extraordinary man and musician lead the MCP for 26 amazing years, challenging the chorus to achieve excellence across a broad range of repertoire, expanding its scope by touring nationally and internationally, and cultivating the next generation of choral singers...

The Mendelssohn Choir Welcomes Ryan Keeling as Assistant Conductor

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce that Ryan Keeling will be serving as Assistant Conductor for the Choir.  Ryan is a former Core Tenor for the MCP, and has been heard as a soloist in the MCP's March 2012 performance of Mozart's Great Mass in C Minor. Ryan is Assistant Director of Music and Worship Life at Christ United Methodist Church, Artistic Director of Voces Solis,...

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." 

Dear Friends,

I don't need to tell you...

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...

Love Is All Around During the Mendelssohn Choir Cabaret!

Love was in the air this past Valentine's Day at Olive or Twist!  While the snowflakes flew outside, the singers of the Mendelssohn Choir kept the audience warm as they celebrated the highs and lows of love.  The audience was treated to an array of songs about love, learning that "People Will Say We're in Love," love can be "Agony," so you want to "Wash...

The Mendelssohn Choir Announces the 2017-2018 Performance Season!

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce their 2017-2018 performance season, which will feature classical favorites, new music and a world premiere! The season opens in September with the world premiere of composer and FUSE@PSO Creative Director Steve Hackman's Dylan and the Nobels, an oratorio of poetry and lyrics by Nobel Prize in Literature winner Bob Dylan, plus text from other Nobel laureates, including Octavio...

Carnegie Hall Performance Heralded “A Bold, Meaningful Experiment” by NY Times‏

On Saturday, May 10, at New York City's Carnegie Hall, the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra closed the Spring for Music Festival amid thunderous applause and a standing ovation. The concert began with the Mendelssohn Choir's a capella performance of Anton Bruckner's Ave Maria. According to The New York Times, the Bruckner set "a reverential tone from the start" through "nuanced...

Mendelssohn Choir Cabaret Puts Audiences in a New York State of Mind!

Saturday March, 22 might have been chilly outside, but it was anything but chilly in the second floor lounge of Olive or Twist!  It was standing room only as the crowd waited for singers to take the stage at the Mendelssohn Choir's recent New York, New York Cabaret!  The evening's theme was inspired by the Choir's forthcoming trip to NYC to perform at Carnegie Hall...

The Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs Wow Audiences in November!

November was a busy month for the Mendelssohn and Junior Mendelssohn Choirs, with a free concert at Rodef Shalom, and two performances of Mozart's Requiem with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra. On November 11, the Mendelssohn Choir performed a free concert at Rodef Shalom that explored the human condition through the music of Ginastera, Carissimi, Schubert, Handel and Mendelssohn.  Members of...

Season Begins with “A Little Light Music”

More than 80 people attended the Mendelssohn Choir's "A Little Light Music" event, September 22, at the Mount Washington home of Anna Singer and Donald Kortlandt. Guests enjoyed wine and hors d'oeuvres from the stunning rooftop patio or by the backyard pool while members of the Choir sang favorite songs from Lerner and Loewe among others. All proceeds raised at the event benefitted the Choir's...

Maria Sensi Sellner Appointed Mendelssohn Choir Associate Conductor!

Maria Sensi Sellner is recognized for her versatility as a conductor of opera, orchestras, and choruses. Praised for leading with “flexible assurance” (The Cleveland Plain Dealer) and “authority” (Pittsburgh Tribune Review), Ms. Sellner’s performances have been described as “sterling” (The Boston Globe), “adept” (Schenectady Daily Gazette), and “nothing short of incredible”

The Carnegie Hall Challenge Fund

How will the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh get to Carnegie Hall in 2014?
With a little help from our friends.

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh has been invited to accompany the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to perform Manfred Honeck’s dramatic presentation of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’sRequiem at Carnegie Hall

Carmina Burana

Join the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Manfred Honeck for a night of memorable music!  Based on 24 of the poems found in the medieval collection Carmina Burana, this 20th-century choral masterpiece has been heard countless times in film, television and even at professional sports events. Mendelssohn Choir countertenor Andrey Nemzer will sing the tenor solos during Carmina Burana....

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses Second Quest

The Legend of Zelda: Symphony of the Goddesses returns to Heinz Hall by popular demand with THE SECOND QUEST! Expect breathtaking new visuals and music exploring additional chapters from the Zelda franchise as the Mendelssohn Choir joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to present the classic storylines from The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Waker, The Legend of Zelda: Twilight...

Mozart’s Requiem

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh will present Mozart’s Requiem at its concert on Sunday, November 10 at 4:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Upper St. Clair.  Conducted by Junior Mendelssohn Music Director Susan Medley, the choir will be accompanied by members of the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra, marking the first time in 25 years that these two ensembles of talented young people have...

From Darkness to Triumph

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh presents From Darkness to Triumph, on Monday, November 11 at 8pm at Rodef Shalom in Oakland. Conducted by Music Director Betsy Burleigh, this concert explores the human condition from the depths of despair to the highest peaks of exultation through the music of Ginastera, Carissimi, Schubert and Mendelssohn, and featuring singers from the Choir performing solo selections. A reception will...

Danny Elfman’s Music from the Films of Tim Burton

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra bring the music of Danny Elfman and the films of Tim Burton to life in the Pittsburgh premiere of Danny Elfman's Music from the Films of Tim Burton, November 23, 2013.  Celebrating Burton and Elfman's 30-year collaboration, this new orchestra event features music from iconic films including Beetlejuice, Batman, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Pee-Wee's...

Music in a Great Space

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra will be participating in Shadyside Presbyterian Church's Music in a Great Space concert series, at 4pm on November 24, 2013.  The concert will feature performances by each group, with the JMCP and the PYSO coming together to perform W. A. Mozart's masterful Requiem....

Highmark Holiday Pops

Join The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and conductor Todd Ellison for Pittsburgh's favorite holiday tradition, the Highmark Holiday Pops!  We'll be celebrating the season by singing beloved holiday classics like "Sleigh Ride," "Joy to the World," and more.  Keep your eyes open, since you never know who might drop by during this festive time!...

The Planets – An HD Odyssey

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Manfred Honeck present Gustav Holst's The Planets, as Pittsburgh has never seen before!  Along with the sweeping melodies, each planet will be accompanied by NASA footage, as audiences are taken on a musical tour of space.  Also on the program is the PSO world premiere of The Elements, a five-part commission from five Pittsburgh-area composers...

New York, New York! Cabaret Evening

Shake off those little town blues!

Join members of the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and Emcee Anna Singer of Classical WQED-FM 89.3 for an intimate cabaret fundraiser featuring an evening of music inspired by the City That Never Sleeps. Held in the private, second-floor lounge at Olive or Twist, this will be the perfect celebration of the Choir's forthcoming trip to NYC to perform at Carnegie...

Carmina Burana

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh travels to Erie, PA to help the Erie Philharmonic celebrate their 100th anniversary with a performance of Carmina Burana, led by Erie Philharmonic Music Director Daniel Meyer.

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Mozart Festival Finale

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh joins the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra to close the PSO's celebration of Mozart.  We will present selections from Mozart's sacred works such as the Mass in C minor and the Requiem, as well as highlights from Mozart's most famous operas, including The Marriage of Figaro, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, and Idomeneo....

Pittsburgh Day of Giving

Tuesday, May 6 is the day to show your support for the Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, during the Pittsburgh Foundation's Day of Giving!  Every donation made through PittsburghGives.org will receive a pro-rated portion of the match pool provided by local foundations.  The event runs from 6am to 12am on May 6.  Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to the Mendelssohn Choir!    ...

Spring for Music: Mozart Requiem

The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, led by Manfred Honeck, travel to New York City to present Mozart's Requiem at Carnegie Hall at the Spring for Music Festival.  Spring for Music is an annual festival dedicated to celebrate the quality and creativity of North American orchestras, allowing the selected orchestras to showcase their own artistic philosophy.  Along with Mozart's masterpiece, the...

Winner of the 2012 Lauren Nicole Eshbaugh Memorial Scholarship

The Junior Mendelssohn Choir is delighted to announce that the recipient of the 2012 Lauren Nicole Eshbaugh Memorial Scholarship is Michael Bodomov. Congratulations! Lauren Nicole Eshbaugh was a member of the Junior Mendelssohn Choir from 2003 through 2007, and was honored to be the recipient of the Barbara Cass Award in 2007. Lauren sang with the River City Youth Chorale and The...