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 a program of symphonic choral music at the Kimmel Center, Inc.'s Verizon Hall, in celebration of the organization's 25th anniversary. The program featured Felix Mendelssohn's Symphony No. 2 and Love Abide, a new commission by renowned composer Roxanna Panufnik, with soprano Jacqueline Horner, mezzo-soprano Suzanne DuPlantis, tenor William Yeats, and organist Diane Meredith Belcher.