The Orpheus Club of Philadelphia
Welcome to our 146th 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.
Ecce Quam Bonum - Our Theme
“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity”– 133rd Psalm
The Academy of Music
Wednesday, December 13, 2017, 8:30pm
Our Christmas Concert is again in Philadelphia’s classic 1857 Victorian Opera House venue where the Orpheus Club has performed since the 1880s. With the scenery from the Pennsylvania Ballet’s Nutcracker Suite, we will enjoy the spirit of the season together. There will be full Orpheus Choral seasonal pieces, small groups with some light hearted selections, and many pieces embellished by the talented Fairmount Brass Orchestra. Our Musical guests will be the Choir of the St. Andrew’s School, Middletown, Delaware. This is one of the top boarding schools in the USA notorious for the arts and where “Dead Poets Society” was filmed. As always, the evening will conclude with caroling by Associate Members and our combined on-stage forces.
Tickets to our concerts are not sold individually but are included, along with other benefits, in Orpheus Club Associate Membership.
“Yours In Song”
The Orpheus Club email newsletter produced in season from December through June.
New editions coming soon!
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.
Our Visit to Havana
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.
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.