ABOUT THE BVCS

The Beaver Valley Choral Society, Laudem Deo Chamber Singers, Chancel Choir, and the Treble Youth Chorale are currently the four choral ensembles comprising the Community of Choruses dedicated to inspire, educate, and enrich their members and the audiences they reach. Each chorus strives for performances of the highest musical standards while focusing on the compelling spirituality of their musical repertoire. The Beaver Valley Choral Society choral and instrumental ensembles are led by Artistic Director Raymond J. Rotuna and Associate Director Sharon R. Burchill.

The Adult Principal Choir, of one hundred members, continues the historic tradition of offering any adult 18 years and up, who can sing tunefully, the opportunity to participate as a member without prior audition. In the past six years, Society Singers and Orchestra have featured works by Dan Forrest, John Rutter, Gustav Holst, Pepper Choplin, Natalie Sleeth, Ennio Morricone, Valentin Schumann, Ola Gjeilo, Via Olantunji, John Purifoy, Joseph Martin, Donald Fraser, Felix Mendelssohn and George Frideric Handel.

The Laudem Deo Chamber Singers serve as an adjunct, auditioned chorus of the BVCS. The Chamber Singers perform scheduled concerts with the Principal Ensemble, and in select solo concert performances, innovative programming from Gregorian Chant through 21st century music of various Christian traditions and will perform select secular repertoire concerts. 

The Chancel Choir and Instruments Ensembles, under the direction of Lee Pfeifer, BVCS President and CEO, provide an opportunity for area Christian churches to enhance Sunday Worship music through a collaboration of Choral Society singers and instrumentalists and their church music ministries. Members in the chancel choir and instruments ensembles are volunteers from BVCS Principal Choir and Orchestra.

The Treble Youth Chorale focuses on the vocal education and performance of children in grades three through eight. Donna Mateer serves as the TYC Director working closely with Mrs. Burchill. The Treble Youth Chorale performs annually, during Beaver Valley Choral Society concerts, and in solo ensemble concerts, challenging and rewarding music. Treble Youth Chorale members also perform as the Beaver Valley Choral Society Youth Percussion Ensemble. Adding to the youth educational and performance programs of the Beaver Valley Choral Society, the Treble Youth Chorale Apprentice Conductor Program was initiated in November 2015. The Apprentice Conductor Program provides an opportunity for a student conductor from one of five colleges associated with the BVCS Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship to lead youth choir rehearsals with focus on intonation, diction, memorization, vocal technique, and concert performance etiquette under the supervision of TYC Director, Donna Mateer.

The Beaver Valley Choral Society Orchestra gave its inaugural performance during the 2012 – 2013 concert season under the batons of the BVCS Artistic Directors, and BVCS Student Concert Master Program featuring a Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA, music student. The Orchestra performs with the Choral Society as supportive enhancement and as a solo ensemble. The programs of the season can feature large or small orchestral ensembles. 

The Beaver Valley Choral Society Mary Inman Honors Handbell Choir was formally established in 2015 with the acquisition of a two-octave set of Shulmerich Handbells. In 2018, the Handbell Choir acquired a five-octave set of White Chapel Handbells. The Handbell Choir accompanies the Choral Society during concerts and performs as a solo ensemble.

The Beaver Valley Choral Society supports the education of college music students focused on choral conducting by awarding annually the Philip H. Inman Excellence in Choral Conducting Arts Scholarship. The scholarship is awarded to a music student attending one of five area colleges and universities, namely Carnegie Mellon University, Duquesne University, Geneva College, Grove City College, and Westminster College. The Award is named in honor of the BVCS Director Emeritus.

The High School Student Promise of Tomorrow Scholarship is awarded annually to a qualified high school student participating in their school’s music programs.

The Beaver Valley Choral Society Community of Choruses and Orchestra are recognized as the Valley’s largest community choral with orchestral performing arts organization of its kind, presenting vibrant concerts.

For detailed information on membership in any of the choral or orchestral programs, contact Judi Contino, Membership Coordinator at 724-843-7681. For information on the chancel choir program, placing an ad in the BVCS seasonal program booklet, how to become a corporate sponsor, the scholarship programs, the benefactor program, or how to request an on-site church or other venue performance, please write with specifics to Beaver Valley Choral Society, PO Box 1628 Beaver Falls, PA 15010 or through bvchoralsociety@gmail.com

The Beaver Valley Choral Society is a 501 (c) 3 not-for-profit organization.

Founded nearly 100 years ago in western PA, the Beaver Valley Choral Society is a Christian-faith based, non-denominational, intergenerational choral and orchestral arts organization.  Providing singing and playing opportunities, the BVCS has something to offer all age groups.