American Composers' Choral Festival

Mack Wilberg conducts The Tabernacle Choir

Mack Wilberg conducts The Tabernacle Choir

Join us as we welcome back world-renowned composer/conductor Mack Wilberg to mark the 10th Anniversary of the American Composers' Choral Festival on Saturday, May 16, 2020 at 7:30 PM. Sponsored jointly by The Harrisburg Singers and Trinity Lutheran Church, the 200-voice Festival Choir will include singers from the choirs of 10 local churches, as well as The Cedar Cliff Chamber Singers, The Mechanicsburg High School Wildcat Singers, and The Harrisburg Singers.

In addition to performing Mack Wilberg's glorious arrangements of choral favorites, the concert will also feature music from our past guest composers, including K. Lee Scott, Craig Courtney, Mark Hayes, and Central Pennsylvania's own Robert Lau.  A highlight of the evening will be the world premiere by The Harrisburg Singers of a new work by Dr. Wilberg commissioned especially for the Festival.

We hope you will plan to join us for what promises to be an unforgettable concert. Tickets are only $10 and will be available on The Harrisburg Singers’ website and in the Trinity Lutheran church office beginning in March 2020. Please plan to get your tickets early because this event will sell out.

“I love the intergenerational aspect featuring the inclusion of two fine high school choirs with local church choirs and The Harrisburg Singers. The varied program made it a musical treat for singers and audience alike. This festival speaks highly of the community’s support of the fine arts and the musical excellence of its choral groups.”
— Mark Hayes, Composer
Artistic Director Sue Beckley and Composer Mark Hayes at the 2018 Festival

Artistic Director Sue Beckley and Composer Mark Hayes at the 2018 Festival

The American Composers' Choral Festival began in 2010 and celebrates the music of American composers. We invite a composer biannually to conduct a choir comprised of The Harrisburg Singers, local church choirs, and guest high school choirs. The Harrisburg Singers were honored to host the following composers at our previous American Composers' Choral Festivals:

2010 - Mr. K. Lee Scott

2012 - Dr. Mack Wilberg

2014 - Dr. Robert Lau

2016 - Mr. Craig Courtney

2018 - Mr. Mark Hayes

“The 2016 American Composers’ Choral Festival was a wonderful event for me... The Harrisburg Singers, in particular, were wonderful to work with. They performed the premiere of “Come Home,” the commissioned anthem I wrote for the concert, and they sang it beautifully.”
— Craig Courtney, Composer