Arcadia Chorale's

Join us for an exciting season of music making, including our traditional Messiah Sing-Along and Bach Festival. See our full season brochure for more details about concerts and events. Thank you for a wonderful first half of the season! We can't wait to sing for you in 2024 – mark your calendar for our 37th Annual NEPA Bach Festival: March 16 & 17!

NEPA Bach Festival: March 16 & 17 

Arcadia Chorale presents organ, chamber music and choral concerts celebrating the connections between J. S. Bach and composers who came before and after! Join us for a weekend of varied programming from the Renaissance to the modern age. Learn more here.


Organ Concert

4:00pm

Saturday, March 16

Elm Park United Methodist Church, Scranton

Free will offering


Our guest organist, Thomas Dressler, highlights the music of J. S. Bach on Elm Park's magnificent instrument. 



Chamber Music Concert

7:30pm

Saturday, March 17

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton

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Members of the Arcadia Festival Orchestra are featured in this eclectic program, which includes trios by Weiner, Bach and Beethoven, as well as Johann Friedrich Fasch's Concerto for Trumpet in D. 



Choral Concert

3:00pm

Sunday, March 17

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Scranton

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Our Music Director, Matthew Rupcich, leads Arcadia Chorale in works by Palestrina, Stanford, Fauré and Bruckner. The Chorale will then be joined by the Arcadia Festival Orchestra to perform J. S. Bach's cantata, Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben (BWV 147) and Mass in G minor (BWV 235).

Matthew Rupcich, Music Director; Mariane Ferrantino, Scholarship Committee Member; Jesse Dunaway, Fall 2023 Scholarship Recipient; Susan Minsavage, Chair, Memorial Fund Committee

Congratulations to Jesse Dunaway

Arcadia Chorale awarded the Fall 2023 Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Scholarship to Jesse Dunaway at our recent Messiah Sing-Along! 


Jesse joined the ensemble this fall after moving to the NEPA region in the summer. We couldn't be happier that he is making music with us while he pursues his Doctor of Musical Arts degree at North Dakota State University. 


To learn more about Jesse and the Scholarship, click here


We continue to be grateful to our donors who dedicate their contributions to the Dr. Steven Thomas Memorial Fund, which awards the Scholarship. Because of their generosity, we've been able to award six student scholarships in Steven's name since establishing the Memorial Fund in 2021. We hope to continue this student support for many more seasons!

from our Music Director

Dear Friends of Choral Music ~

It’s my great pleasure to announce Arcadia Chorale’s 2023-2024 concert season! Our first program, Spirituals in Concert, celebrates the rich history of song originating from our African American brothers and sisters during slavery. This music tells stories of pain, hope, endurance, faith, and freedom. Join us for this spectacular concert! 


Our December concert, A Christmas Rose, focuses on the image of the rose as a symbol for the Virgin Mary through pieces such as “Lo, How a Rose E’er Blooming” and Guy Forbes’ “There is No Rose.” We’ll also invite the audience to join us in singing several traditional Christmas carols. Later that month, the annual Messiah Sing-Along gives our audience another opportunity to sing, this time to perform Handel’s masterpiece. 


The theme of this spring’s 2024 NEPA Bach Festival is A Celebration of Milestones, as we acknowledge anniversaries of multiple composers. The weekend will include organ, chamber music, and choral concerts, and feature works by Palestrina, Bruckner, Fauré and Stanford. The Festival culminates with the Chorale’s performance of J. S. Bach’s Mass in G minor


In May, we welcome the Doug Smith Jazz Trio for our Pops Concert, The Rat Pack and Mascots. Most people know the Rat Pack’s male singers, but did you know the group also had female members – Mascots – including Marilyn Monroe, Judy Garland, and Lauren Bacall? Come hear music made famous by this infamous group! 


Our season closes with the 3rd Annual Summer Sing. Are you a singer and long to perform a masterwork with a full orchestra? If so, join our Summer Sing Chorus! Community vocalists from the NEPA region sing alongside members of Arcadia Chorale during this mini-choral festival. We’ll spend a day and a half preparing a large-scale piece before performing it for the public. 


We look forward to another full season of music making! Thank you for your continued support of Arcadia Chorale. We hope to see you soon!

~ Matthew Rupcich

Music Director

Arcadia Chorale