Who We Are

Based in Emmaus, The Emmaus Chorale is a non-auditioned community choir comprised of singers who come from the greater East Penn area.  We sing both sacred and secular music, of all musical periods and styles, and present two concerts each year.  

F. Allen Artz founded the Emmaus Chorale in September 1983 to provide residents of Emmaus, the general East Penn region, and the surrounding areas with an informal opportunity to sing fine music from a wide range of styles and musical forms.  For the first concert in December 1983, Mr. Artz selected the traditional Service of Lessons and Carols and Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi.  His vision has remained the goal of the Chorale:  to enrich our communities through the art of music and song. 

Membership in the Chorale has ranged on average between 25 and 30. Recently it peaked at 50 singers. 

We rehearse at Faith Presbyterian Church, Second and Cherokee Streets, Emmaus.

Our funding comes from local businesses advertising in the concert programs, the $25 dues per season of the choir members, and the innumerable donations of those who contribute services behind the scenes. Without a community, we couldn’t exist. 

Our Directors

F. Allen Artz (1983-1985)

Douglas Keilitz ( 1986-1987)

Philip Compton (1987-1990)

Jane Battaglieri (1990-1992)

Susan Frickert ( 1993-1996)

Mark Suter (1996-2014)

Susan Friend (Interim Director)

Laura Rabenold (2015-2018) 

Interim Director 2018  Dan Reed

Janet Davis (2019- 

Accompanist: Cynthia Kerr (2015-Present)