"A vocal sound that has few peers..."
"Wheatland Chorale shows why it's a world-class ensemble..."
Susan Pena, Reading Eagle
Meet the Chorale
Under the direction of Artistic Director Eric R. Riley since 2012, the Wheatland Chorale is widely regarded as one of the premiere choral ensembles in Pennsylvania. The singers, all volunteers, are selected through audition and travel from throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania for rehearsals in Lancaster. The Chorale is named after the Wheatland Hills neighborhood where founding director Robert J. Upton lived in Lancaster at the time the group was formed.
In December 2019, Ola Gjeilo accompanied the chorale in a concert series featuring his own solo piano works as well as choral compositions. In November 2017, the ensemble performed under the direction of Bob Chilcott in a special concert featuring his own "Five Days that Changed the World". The Chorale has been recognized by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts for artistic excellence with annual grants to support the chorale’s mission – “to promote and perpetuate choral music through excellence in performance.”
The ensemble now numbers over 50 singers and has performed throughout central Pennsylvania, as well as at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the National Cathedral and the White House in Washington, D.C., and on tours in Austria, Germany, Italy, and England. The choir has also performed several times with the “Celebrate Bach!” orchestra of the Mt. Gretna Music Festival and with the Harrisburg Symphony. The Wheatland Chorale has been heard on WITF-FM public radio and was featured on the premiere season of “The First Art”, a public radio program featuring American choral groups.
The choir’s repertoire is very broad, and it features selections from all periods. The group has also commissioned several works. The first commission, “Child of Our Time”, renamed “The Stolen Child”, by composer Scott Robinson, premiered in 1992. A recording of that performance was broadcast twice on “The First Art”.
The Wheatland Chorale regularly performs for audiences in Lancaster, Wyomissing, and York. Please consider joining us at our next performance!