The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia

Welcome to our 145th season of great music, hearty laughter and good friends! Our three formal concerts will make special evenings for all, delivering festive performances with a touch of Old Philadelphia grace and charm.

Under the leadership of John Shankweiler, we are proud to offer new music and a continual influx of young, talented singers, blended with the songs and performers that are Orpheus favorites.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”- 133rd Psalm

Our Visit to Havana

From the 23rd to the 26th of July, a group of both Singing Members and Associate Members from the Orpheus Club, visited Havana, Cuba for a musical exchange with Cuban musicians. The trip was a fantastic success and mentally we are all still basking in the glow of the Cuban sun. We have edited together a short video of our trip which we encourage you to view. Thank you to Jonathan and James Turner for compiling the footage and to Alfred Goodrich for organizing the trip.

Orpheus Club at the Union League

254 S. Van Pelt Street - Orpheus Clubhouse

For Singing Members, our clubhouse is a place where we gather on Mondays to rehearse music. However, Associate Members have occasion to visit the clubhouse multiple times a year. From our pre-concert dinners to our after-concert parties, the clubhouse is the center of life for the Orpheus Club.

The Club

Founded in 1872, the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia is one of the longest-standing, independent, male choral societies in America. For nearly a century and a half, the Club has been a prominent fixture in the social and cultural life of the city of Philadelphia.

The Singing Membership consists of approximately eighty active members ranging in age from recent college graduates to men in their eighties and beyond.

The Club gives three formal concerts each year for its Associate Members and their guests in major Philadelphia venues, such as Verizon Hall at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music, and Lincoln Hall in the Union League of Philadelphia. Our repertoire spans classical, jazz and pop, with the Club often debuting new arrangements commissioned for its use. For four weeks each winter, at the Club’s colorful center city house, a select group of Singing Members presents to Singing and Associate Members, an all-original musical satire, the “Twelfth Night Revels”, featuring popular songs specially arranged, comic skits, a loose plot, and elaborate costumes.

Proud of its history, the Orpheus Club continues to thrive and looks eagerly ahead to a bright future.