Choir serves as the premier choral ensemble at Germantown Friends School. Comprised of approximately fifty auditioned singers in grades ten through twelve, the group performs frequently throughout the year including for annual Fall, Holiday, and Spring concerts. The GFS Choir has collaborated with many notable ensembles and musicians from around the world, including Singing City Philadelphia, the Yale Glee Club, and members of the Philadelphia Pops. The ensemble has also debuted several pieces, including the Philadelphia premiere of Paul Mealor’s Stabat Mater and somewhere i have never travelled, gladly beyond by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Jennifer Higdon.
In addition to the ensemble’s many performances on campus and in the Philadelphia area, the GFS Choir regularly tours both nationally and internationally. In the past fifty years, Choir has sung across five continents in performance tours spanning China, England, Scotland, France, Scandinavia, Canada, Poland, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Puerto Rico, and Costa Rica. Choir eagerly anticipates their 2020 tour to Venice and the Dalmation Coast. Tours not only afford exceptional performance opportunities to singers but enhance the Quaker values central to the GFS community.
Choir is conducted by Frank Van Atta and accompanied by Miku Shiota. Those interested in learning more about the choral program at GFS should contact the Director of Upper School Choirs, Frank Van Atta, at firstname.lastname@example.org.