Who We Are

The South Shore's Premier Community Chorus

Pilgrim Festival Chorus is a 90-member premier, welcoming community chorus, comprised of experienced vocalists from over 20 local communities, dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and its audiences. Performances range from major works of the choral repertoire including Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Israel in Egypt, Brahms’s Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Orff’s Carmina Burana, to compositions by prominent 20th century composers such as Bernstein, Britten, and Kodály, as well as living composers Corigliano, Forrest, Hagenberg, Jenkins, Rutter, and the late Whitbourn.

Celebrating its 25th anniversary beginning fall 2024, PFC is under the artistic direction of William B. Richter and Elizabeth Chapman Reilly. A typical season begins with a festive holiday concert in early December. In mid-December, PFC hosts an annual Messiah Sing where the audience is invited to become the chorus in one of the most famous choral pieces ever written. The spring concert often features a larger work with orchestra and soloists. In June, Pilgrim Festival Singers, a division of PFC, performs concerts with repertoire drawn from Broadway and American traditions.

New members are invited to join in September for our winter concert, in January for our spring concert, and in May for our summer concert after attending an open rehearsal and completing a Vocal Placement Session (VPS).

We are YOUR community chorus!

Mission

Pilgrim Festival Chorus is a volunteer, nonprofit choral ensemble dedicated to presenting diverse choral works that educate, enrich, and engage both its members and its audiences.

Core Values

We believe that singing in community and experiencing choral performance can be transformational. With that in mind, our core values are to:
  • Promote the joy of making music together.
  • Furnish opportunities for members to improve their musical skills.
  • Provide performance opportunities for chorus members.
  • Foster an appreciation of good quality choral music.
  • Nurture an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members and audiences.
  • Contribute to the vitality of our community through fostering a rich cultural life.

Vision

We envision a more diverse audience and membership and seek opportunities to present our works to underserved communities in southeastern Massachusetts. Through our work we aim to inspire a love and appreciation for choral singing in present and future generations.

Officers

President – Sara Weiss
Vice President – Kaelin Jenkins-Brown
Secretary – David Tyler
Treasurer – Lynne Hare

Board Members

Katie Allen
Christine Conrod
Michaela Coombs
Peg Davis
Hilary Goodnow
Moe Rondeau
Jared Wise
Susan Wolfthal

Section Leaders

Soprano – Susan Wolfthal
Alto – Beth Frasso
Tenor – Jared Wise
Bass – David Tyler

Archivist – Linda Harding
Grant Writer
– Sara Weiss
Music Librarian – Kate Holl, Hannah Woodbury
Program Editors – Elizabeth Chapman Reilly, Sara Weiss, Susan Wolfthal, Hannah Woodbury
Program Notes –  Elizabeth Chapman Reilly
Program Printing & DesignPowder Horn Press
Publicity – Michelle McGrath – McGrathPR
Scholarship Committee – Joy Burns, Wendela Yeo Correia, Linda Harding, Jodi Mulcahy, Hannah Woodbury
Stage Manager – Susan Wolfthal
Tickets – Kaelin Jenkins-Brown
Ushers & Box Office – Lori Brandt
Website – Dan Miot – GreenCastle Media

Bill Richter - Artistic Director

William B. Richter - Artistic Director

William B. Richter is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory of Music and has completed graduate studies in choral conducting at Boston University and Westminster Choir College.  Bill taught in Plymouth and Brookline early in his career and since 1983 he has been a Choral Director and administrator in the Scituate Public Schools.  He directs five choirs at Scituate High School (SHS) where over 20% of the school population is enrolled in the choral program.  As an administrator, Bill serves as the Program Specialist for Music and oversees instruction, budget and programs for grades K-12.  His SHS choirs have been featured in local performances with recording artists Josh Groban, Michael Crawford, the Barenaked Ladies and Kenny Loggins.  Bill also serves as the Chorusmaster for the Plymouth Philharmonic High School Choral Consortium and prepares groups regularly for combined performances with the Phil.

Throughout his career, Bill has been involved in the Massachusetts Music Educators Association in numerous leadership positions.  He has been the Southeastern District chairperson for four years recently and is a frequent adjudicator.  Bill has been the manager of the MMEA Allstate Chorus, the Southeastern District Senior Chorus five times and has conducted the Western and Southeastern District Junior Treble Choruses.  Bill has also served as President of SEMSBA for two terms, conducted its Junior and Senior Choruses on several occasions and will conduct the Senior SEMSBA Chorus again this spring.  Along with his teaching duties, Bill is the Music Director of the First Trinitarian Congregational Church (UCC) in Scituate, MA.

Elizabeth Chapman-Reilly Artistic Director

Elizabeth Chapman Reilly - Artistic Director

Elizabeth Chapman Reilly is well known in southeastern Massachusetts as an accomplished and versatile accompanist. She studied piano, organ, and voice at Acadia University in Nova Scotia and subsequently earned her Masters in Music from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Since completing her formal education, she has worked in many area churches and schools as organist, pianist, and choir director. She currently serves as Music Director of the First Congregational Church in Middleborough and Director of Traditional Worship at Faith Community Church in Plymouth.

Elizabeth is a keen student of history who enjoys developing interesting and vital programs for the chorus, as well as creating engaging program notes for each concert. She and her husband John, parents of two adult children, have been residents of Middleborough since 2015.