Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP), under the direction of Robert Page Music Director Matthew Mehaffey, is renowned for its mastery of the great choral classics as well as masterfully tackling more contemporary works. Every performance leaves its audience deeply moved by the most universal of human expressions, as magnified by a community of stunning voices. Founded in 1908, the MCP holds the distinction of being Pittsburgh’s oldest continuously performing arts organization at 110 years young.
In 2018, the MCP presented its most talked about concert to date, Times They Are A Changin': The Words and Music of Bob Dylan, an original, brand new commission by popular choral composer Steve Hackman. Other past performances include Beethoven‘s Mass in C, Brahms‘ Schicksalsleid, Rossini‘s Petite Messe Solennelle, an entire concert devoted to the works of George Gershwin, as well as Aaron Copland’s In the Beginning, Mozart’s Great Mass, and Bach’s majestic Mass in B Minor to sold-out audiences at East Liberty Presbyterian Church.
As the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra’s chorus of choice, the MCP has performed under the baton of some of the world’s greatest conductors, including Lorin Maazel, Mariss Jansons, Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos, Michael Tilson Thomas, Claudio Abbado, Mstislav Rostropovich, Leonard Slatkin, Charles Dutoit, André Previn, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Helmuth Rilling, Ingo Metzmacher, Richard Hickox, Zdenek Mácal and Manfred Honeck.
A prime component of the MCP’s educational outreach is the Junior Mendelssohn Choir, a training and performance project serving select high school students from throughout the greater Pittsburgh region. Students receive personalized vocal training and exposure to some of the great works of the choral repertoire as a way to supplement their high school choral experience.
The MCP is a Steinway Artist, the only chorus holding that designation.