The Ambler Choral Society traces its roots back to the community performance of the Messiah at the Wissahickon High School in December of 1979. A number of singers at the concert wished to continue as a choral group, which then became known as the Ambler Community Singers. The first concert was presented in April of 1980 with Michael Joy as Director. Five years later, after Mr. Joy’s retirement, Mark Daugherty was chosen as the new Director.
Over the years, ACS has called several local churches home, including First Presbyterian Church in Ambler, Trinity Episcopal Church in Ambler, and now Supplee Presbyterian Church in Maple Glen. Several years after Mark became the Director, and in order to reflect the style of the music in our concerts, our name was changed to Ambler Choral Society.
Under the direction of Mark Daugherty, ACS has performed major works that include Handel’s Messiah, Mozart’s Requiem and Coronation Masses, Haydn’s Creation, Brahms‘ Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat and St. John Passion, and Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms.
Ambler Choral Society members have also participated in several choral festivals in Europe and most recently in Ireland.