“This all-volunteer chorus graced the audience with a fabulous performance.” Click here to read Jessica Graae's review of “The Creation” by Franz Joseph Haydn.
2013 Young Musician Award for Choral Composition
The non-profit DELAWARE VALLEY CHORALE serves the greater Wilmington area by enriching the community through excellent and inspiring performances of great choral literature; supporting its talented and dedicated membership with professional skill and leadership; and nurturing the art of choral music through scholarships, commissions and showcases.
Since its beginning in 1984, the Delaware Valley Chorale has brought artistic and musical enrichment to audiences and performers. And we continue to grow as the funds we raise are used to develop the talents of young musicians.
The Delaware Valley Chorale has its roots in a choral group organized by David Christopher in 1984. This group, called the Performing Arts Society of Delaware, was under David's direction until 1986. In early 1987, the chorus was reorganized as the Delaware Festival Chorus. Mary Woodmansee Green became its Artistic Director and Conductor starting with the 1987-88 season. In 1993, the chorus was renamed the Delaware Valley Chorale to better reflect the regional makeup of the chorus and its audience.
At the end of the 1997-98 season Mary stepped down as Artistic Director in order to accept the directorship of the Hilton Head Symphony Orchestra. Charles (Chic) Walker became Artistic Director and Conductor of DVC and served until the spring of 2005, when David Christopher was once again named Artistic Director and Conductor.
Major classical works performed by DVC include Beethoven's Symphony No. 9, Bach's Christmas Oratorio, Brahms Nänie and Schicksalslied, Mozart's Grand Mass in C Minor, Orff's Carmina Burana, and Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem as well as Requiems by Brahms, Bruckner, Cherubini, Duruflé, Howells, Mozart, Schubert, and Verdi. DVC has also performed many shorter works and individual pieces by 20th century composers such as Schönberg, Poulenc, Elgar, Vaughan-Williams, and Gershwin.
In the past, the Chorale traditionally presented a Good Friday concert of sacred music appropriate to the Lenten-Easter season. DVC has performed major works jointly with several regional symphony orchestras. These include the Delaware County Symphony, Delaware Repertory Orchestra, Independence Sinfonia, Kennett Symphony, Newark Symphony and Old York Road Symphony.
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