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About Us

Philadelphia Girls Choir takes a holistic approach to choral music. PGC relates singing, musicianship, and choral performance to the broader human experience through art, drama, history, and cultural diversity.

Philadelphia Girls Choir began with 18 girls in 2012.  As more girls joined the organization in the fall of 2012, the choir was split into three distinct ensembles: Etude, Cantata, Concerto.

Nathan Wadley

Music Director, Philadelphia Girls Choir
Nathan Wadley

A gifted choral conductor, vocal instructor, and music educator, Nathan Wadley began his training at the age of eleven when he became a chorister with The American Boychoir under the direction of Dr. James Litton.  Fifteen years later, Mr. Wadley returned to become the Resident Training Choir Director of The American Boychoir School, where he trained the newest choirboys in performance skills and musicianship. Most recently, Mr. Wadley was a conductor with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, before becoming the founding Director of the Philadelphia Girls Choir.


In addition, Mr. Wadley has conducted both collegiate and community choirs, most recently serving as the Assistant Conductor of the Greater Trenton Choral Society.  As the Assistant Conductor for the Missouri State University Concert Chorale, he guest conducted in the United States and in Europe, including Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic, and has led several college and regional opera productions.


Nathan Wadley has developed Kodály-based music education and theory programs for several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, The American Boychoir School and the Waldorf School of Princeton, integrating core music curriculum with the distinct philosophy of each institution.  Also recognizing the importance of vocal training to healthy choral technique, Mr. Wadley has taught private voice students for nearly a decade, and he is currently the private voice instructor at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA.


Mr. Wadley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, and was awarded a graduate assistantship under noted conductor Dr. Guy B. Webb.  He is a certified Kodály music educator, studying first at New York University and then at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was awarded the Kodály Achievement Scholarship.

 

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Music opens a window to the beauty of the world.
At Philadelphia Girls Choir, we see music as the central piece in a cultural jigsaw puzzle. Through music, we gain a deeper understanding of ourselves, our community and our world.

Philadelphia Girls Choir is an after-school music education program for girls 7 and older. Girls audition and are placed in one of the training programs based on proficiency and age. After the training programs, selected singers are asked to audition for the performing choir. All programs include public performances, some programs include summer camps abroad.