Founded in 1982, Choral Arts Philadelphia presents concert experiences that emphasize historically-informed performance practices and further the tradition of early choral music. Under the direction of Matthew Glandorf, the ensemble has performed nearly 300 works by more than 100 composers, and was the 2002 National Winner of Chorus America's prestigious Margaret Hillis Award for Choral Excellence. Choral Arts received Center support in 2009 to produce The Mystical Experience, featuring two concerts that explored liturgical practice with a focus on mystical traditions. In 2016, Choral Arts received a Center Project grant to present 1734–1735: A Season in the Life of J.S. Bach, a recreation of 18 rarely-performed cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed as originally intended: in an arc spanning the Christian church calendar and the seasons.
Choral Arts Philadelphia presented two concerts titled Ancient Liturgies and Voice of Scotland. Both explored liturgical practice with a focus on mystical traditions—sacred and secular, ancient and contemporary. Matthew Glandorf conducted seldom-heard works by Eric Whitacre, Jonathan Harvey, Arvo Pärt, Robert Carver, James MacMillan, and Philadelphia composer Joseph Castaldo. The project also featured a lecture by Dr. Anne McGuire and performances by students from The University of the Arts theater department.