Philadelphia Girls Choir takes a holistic approach to choral music. PGC relates singing, musicianship, and choral performance to the broader human experience through art, drama, history, and cultural diversity.
Philadelphia Girls Choir began with 18 girls in 2012. As more girls joined the organization in the fall of 2012, the choir was split into three distinct ensembles: Etude, Cantata, Concerto.
Etude is our youngest choir comprising girls ages 7 and up. In order to give the maximum attention to the individual girls, Etude rehearses in smaller groups (A, B, and C). Etude A rehearses every Monday from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Etude B rehearses every Monday from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. Etude C rehearses every Friday from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. The entire Etude ensemble rehearses together the first Saturday of every month from 9:00 to 10:30 am.
Cantata is our intermediate choir, encompassing ages 10 and up. Their most recent performances include an appearance at the National Constitution Center as well as the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Cantata Sopranos rehearse every Tuesday from 4:30 to 5:45 pm. Cantata Altos rehearse every Tuesday from 6:00 to 7:15 pm. The entire Cantata ensemble rehearses together Saturdays (except the first Saturday of every month) from 9 to 10:30 am.
Concerto, our most advanced choir, helps perform in the Pennsylvania Ballet’s critically acclaimed Nutcracker. Comprising ages 12 and up, this choir had the fantastic opportunity to travel to Prague, Kraków, and Vienna for their first annual Tour in the summer of 2014! They rehearse every Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 and every Saturday from 10:45 to noon.
The rehearsals for all groups follow a strict format and flow, allowing the girls to feel comfortable in knowing what is next. PGC teaches musicianship through the Kodály method and incorporates it into every rehearsal. The Kodály method instills how music affects the mental, emotional, physical, and social development of every child. A central tenet of the Kodály approach is that music belongs to everyone - that an education in music is the right of every human being and we cannot leave it to chance.
Each year, the repertoire has a core idea that relates to experiences the girls will have throughout the year. They will visit museums, attend performances, and perform in locations that are tied to the core repertoire. For example, in its first year Etude focused on Philadelphia. They touched on topics ranging from the Revolution to unique musical instruments such as Benjamin Franklin’s Glass Armonica. The girls learned the significance of the music in connection to their experiences.
Semesters culminate in a joint concert by all three groups for family and friends.