The Erie Philharmonic Chorus began its great tradition in April 1953, singing “La Traviata” under the baton of conductor Fritz Mahler, cousin to the great composer and conductor Gustav Mahler.

In 1955, the chorus and orchestra came together for the first time to present their annual Christmas pops concert.  This tradition has continued to this day and consistently draws a sell-out crowd each year.

The Erie Philharmonic Chorus continues to expand and, in 2019, started its own Chamber Choir.