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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
A message to our Associates regarding Covid 19:
Like everything that involves any type of gathering for the arts, or any other form of social contact, The Orpheus Club is completely shut down. We will have no rehearsals and, more sadly, no Spring Concert this May.
All indications are that even events in June cannot be planned, so what we now intend to do is stay in contact with you all “virtually”.
Stay tuned for musical updates and login to our online portal to hear selections from our recent Mid-Winter concert.
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.