The Erie Philharmonic Chorus is an ensemble of diligent and dedicated volunteer singers providing excellent choral-orchestral performances to enrich the cultural life of our community and region.
We are equally at home with the canon of choral masterworks and more contemporary and lighter selections, and the Chorus regularly appears on both the Symphonic Series and Pops Series of the Erie Philharmonic. Recent performances include Orff's "Carmina Burana," tribute concerts to both Michael Jackson and Queen, and Mozart's "Requiem," and we are eagerly anticipating the opportunity to perform Beethoven's towering "Mass in C" in April 2016. In addition to our vibrant collaborative relationship with the Erie Philharmonic, we offer community outreach performances during the holiday season and undertake an annual performance of the Christmas portion (Part the First) of Handel's "Messiah" with orchestra and professional soloists.
Our membership includes young professionals, 50-year veterans of the chorus, advanced high school students, parents, grandparents, couples, first-time choral singers, and professional music educators, all drawn together by our mutual love of making choral music at a high level. Our weekly rehearsals are intensely focused, and singers are expected to prepare music on their own and in sectionals. However, we also strive to be a supportive, tightly-knit community, and we embrace and welcome new members, equipping each singer to succeed and have a joyful musical experience.
Gabrielle Dietrich, Conductor
Gabrielle Dietrich, Conductor
Gabrielle Dietrich is a singer, conductor, and educator with a passion for cultivating artistry in singers of all ages and building community through music. Gabrielle’s diverse background in leading youth, community, church, school, and professional ensembles has prepared her to be a dynamic, expressive performer and a compelling and approachable communicator.
Gabrielle comes to Erie from Colorado, where she recently completed her doctorate in Choral Conducting and Literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. During her time at CU-Boulder, Gabrielle served as the Assistant Conductor of University Singers, coordinated the university’s annual Madrigal Festival for high school students, and also worked as the Graduate Assistant for CU’s interdisciplinary Center for British and Irish Studies.
Described by the Denver Post as “graceful and musically intuitive,” Gabrielle has frequently performed as a conductor, chorister, and soloist with many fine choral ensembles, including St. Martin’s Chamber Choir and St. John’s Cathedral Choir. She was a founding member of the Colorado Conductors’ Chorus and An die Musik, two ensembles comprised entirely of professional music educators. Since 2008, Gabrielle has also served as the Assistant Conductor of the 150-voice Denver Gay Men’s Chorus. Throughout the greater Denver and Boulder areas, she has creatively led intergenerational music programs for a number of churches as a Director of Music.
Dr. Dietrich holds a General Diploma in Methodology from the Zoltán Kodály Pedagogical Institute of Music in Kecskemét, Hungary and was an instructor for the Kodály Graduate Program at Loyola University in Maryland from 2007-2011. Kodály derived elements such as active music-making, a “sound before symbol” approach to musical literacy, and integration of music theory skills into the choral rehearsal are hallmarks of Gabrielle’s teaching, and have served her well in her work with young singers, including the Stockton Youth Chorale, Pacific Music Camp’s All-Camp Chorus and Chamber Choir, and school and church choruses throughout California and Colorado.
The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in October 1952, singing “La Traviata” under the baton of conductor Fritz Mahler. In 1955, the first “pops” concert was performed to immense praise. It was the annual Christmas pops concert that became a regional favorite and continues to draw a sell-out crowd each year.
The chorus appears several times each concert season, performing both major choral works in the symphonic series, as well as flavoring lighter works for the pops series. Recent major works include the Verdi Requiem and Beethoven Ninth Symphony.
The 2009-2010 concert year culminated with the performance of the Haydn Lord Nelson Mass at Carnegie Hall in New York City.