The Blair Concert Chorale was formed in 1987 by combining the Keystone Chorale and the Altoona Choral Society, which in turn traces its roots back to 1933. In 1995 a tuition-based children’s choir was added to expose, educate, and develop youth between the ages of 8 and 14 to classical music.
The adult chorale today is made up of over 40 singers (all volunteers) from Blair, Bedford, and Cambria counties. The group is under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken. The children’s choir consists of 25 young people from the greater Altoona area under the direction of Jen and Scott Pappal.
The season consists of four concerts: a fall concert, a holiday concert in December with the children’s choir, and two concerts in the spring. They perform in venues such as the Mishler Theatre and area churches. In addition to the concerts, they participate in local arts events, perform with other groups and perform at Garvey Manor.