The Germantown Friends School Choir is an ensemble of 40 students selected by audition from grades 10-12. Directed by Stephen Kushner, the Choir performs frequently throughout the year, often collaborating with many of Philadelphia’s leading professional musicians. Recently, the group has performed with the Singing City Choir, with members of the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra, and with the Yale Glee Club. They have also sung the Philadelphia premieres of Paul Mealor’s “Stabat Mater” and “somewhere I have never travelled, gladly beyond” by Pulitzer Prize winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
The GFS Choir has a long tradition of traveling nationally and internationally, including concert tours to China, England, Scotland, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, and Slovakia.
In 2008, the Choir toured the southern United States, culminating with an extended stay in New Orleans where, in addition to singing a concert, the students participated in a project with Habitat for Humanity, helping to rebuild homes that were destroyed in hurricane Katrina.
Recent concert tours have taken the Choir to Puerto Rico and Costa Rica.