Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus

Pearl Shangkuan, Chorus Director
Jim Kleinheksel, Chorus President

The Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus was organized and founded in 1962 with the guidance and support of Mary Ann Keeler. After over 50 years of service as a volunteer organization, the chorus is dedicated to achieving excellence in choral presentations. With over 130 members, under the direction of Dr. Pearl Shangkuan since 2004, the chorus has reached an admirable level of artistic choral performance. The chorus performs major works with the orchestra during the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series and Fox Motors Pops Series concerts.

Grand Rapids Symphony Community Chorus

This community chorus has grown these last sixteen seasons under the direction of Duane Shields Davis.  For its sixteenth performance season, the symphony and this chorus will perform together again on February 24, 2018 under the direction of Grand Rapids Symphony Principal Pops Conductor Bob Bernhardt. For more information about the chorus, please email Julie Nystedt at, including your name, address, and your interest in the Community Gospel Chorus.

Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Choruses

Young people looking for a chance to sing with the Grand Rapids Symphony are encouraged to explore the website of the Grand Rapids Symphony Youth Chorus.  The GRSYC is an affiliate organization of the Grand Rapids Symphony and Grand Rapids Symphony Chorus.  Students in grades 1 through high school have the opportunity for a symphonic choral experience and training in one of our three choruses. Visit for more information.