The Penn Chorale is a newly formed choral ensemble, making its debut in the 2019-2020 Academic Year. The Penn Chorale will perform a variety of choral music, but with a special emphasis on repertoire written in 21st and late 20th centuries. The Penn Chorale will rehearse once a week and perform two concerts each year. Open by audition to all students, this new ensemble will be led by conductor Elizabeth Braden.
Elizabeth Braden is joining the faculty of Penn for the 2019-2020 season as the conductor of the newly formed Penn Chorale. Ms. Braden is also the Chorus Master at Opera Philadelphia, where she has prepared the chorus for over 40 productions ranging from traditional favorites like La Bohéme, Carmen, and The Magic Flute to new works and world premieres such as Kevin Putz’ Silent Night, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, and Missy Mazolli’s Breaking the Waves. Recently she conducted the world premiere of David Hertzberg’s opera The Wake World to rave reviews as part of Opera Philadelphia’s Inaugural Festival, O17. She also conducts a concert featuring the Opera Philadelphia Chorus each year as part of the Kimmel Center’s Organ Day on Verizon Hall Stage.
Previously, Ms. Braden served as Director of Music at Wallingford Presbyterian, where she conducted concerts of Chichester Psalms, the Duruflé Requiem, and an annual Messiah Sing as well as commissioning and premiering new choral anthems by several local composers. Ms. Braden has also prepared choruses for the Pennsylvania Ballet (Carmina Burana, Messiah, Midsummer Night’s Dream), and for the Curtis Institute of Music (Cunning Little Vixen, Dialogues of the Carmelites, Doctor Atomic, Sweeney Todd).
Ms. Braden received a B.S. in Music Education from West Chester University with a concentration in piano and voice, and a M.M. in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College. She resides in Collingswood, NJ with her wife and their son.
Penn Chorale will rehearse Thursdays 6-8 PM in Rose Recital Hall.