Penn Choir Biography

Penn Choir Biography

The Penn High School Choirs are comprised of seven choirs, totaling approximately 250 singers. Located in Mishawaka, Indiana, the Penn Choirs have had a rich history of performing both domestically and internationally. The choirs have performed in Carnegie Hall & Avery Fisher Hall (2012 & 2014), St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, Ireland (2016), and most recently at Sacred Hearts Academy and Pearl Harbor in Honolulu, Hawaii (2018).

Penn Choir is an organization that welcomes all students who have the desire to sing and improve their individual voices. Founded in 1958, Penn Choir has grown to be made up of seven individual choir, ranging from beginning to advanced levels. All choirs teach students how to become musically literate by using Solfege (for pitch) and Takadimi (for rhythm). These systems are just two of the many systems available, but we have found them to be effective for teaching students how to become musically independent. In addition to developing music literacy skills, our students learn what it means to not only sing well but also how to be a performer.

Each year, the Penn Choirs put on a minimum of seven concert (Fall, December, March, & May). The most popular concert series is our annual Sounds of the Season winter concerts, typically the first full week of December. Those concerts are Thursday & Friday night (7:30pm) and Saturday afternoon (3:00pm). In addition to the seven concerts, our choirs compete annually at the Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) events, including Solo & Ensemble, Organizational, and State Qualifications. During even-numbered years, our advanced choirs (Bella Voce & Concert Choir) travel and go on a performance tour. The next trip will take place in March/April 2020, and the destination will be revealed in October 2018.

For more information, please email the directors, or send us a message through our Facebook group. Just search for "Penn High School Choir."