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.