The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus will enrich the community with excellence and leadership in the choral arts.
The Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus is an independent symphonic chorus whose mission is to provide the highest quality performances of choral music to the Western New York community while developing singers in the choral arts, through self-sponsored concerts, and as the primary choral partner of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
- Commitment – Dedication to and respect for the music, the organization, our fellow singers and the enhancement of the quality of life in our community.
- Professionalism – The constant drive to maintain high standards of competency, honesty, accountability, knowledge and integrity which enhance the performance experience for the musicians and the patrons.
- Camaraderie -The unparalleled satisfaction and uplifting human connection that comes from the shared experience of an outstanding performance and honors the broad range of talents and abilities that we all bring.
- Artistry – The creative spirit and passionate force that summon us constantly to seek new, different, and better ways to infuse the joy of music into the lives of our audience.
- Joy – The exhilarating sensation that moves us toward amusement, gratitude, serenity, and pride in our relationships with the music, our community, and each other.
The BPC is a non-profit organization dedicated to enriching the Western New York region through the performance of high-quality, diverse musical programs and developing singers in the choral arts. The BPC is the winner of the 2021 GRAMMY® award for Best Choral Performance for their recording of Richard Danielpour's The Passion of Yeshua with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor JoAnn Falletta. With a roster of over 140 singers, the BPC is frequently heard as the principal guest chorus of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra.
What began in 1937 as the Buffalo Schola Cantorum became the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus in 1992 to reflect its close association with the BPO, and to clarify its mission to the public. Founder Jessamine E. Long led the group until 1945 when she was succeeded by a progression of noteworthy musicians, including Cameron Baird and the twenty-two year leadership of Thomas Swan. Now the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus makes various guest appearances throughout the region and produces self-sponsored concerts such as our annual performance of Handel’s Messiah.
The BPC participates in a number of community service events throughout the year including the Martin Luther King Celebration and the Daemen College graduation, both held at Kleinhans Music Hall. In the past, the BPC has participated in Curtain Up! and the Elmwood Arts Festival, and has performed with various area choruses including the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus, the Buffalo Gay Men’s Chorus, Finger Lakes Choral Festival and the Rochester Oratorio Society. On average, the BPC participates in 15 concerts each year – many of which have multiple performances.