The Bel Air Community Chorus invites all who love to sing to join us! Our members come from Maryland and Pennsylvania to experience our unique contribution to the arts in beautiful Bel Air, Maryland. Our singers have a wide range of musical backgrounds and experiences, ranging in age from ninth grade to adult. Beginners are welcome, as well as those with many years of choral experience.  Together, we make beautiful music!

Rehearsals are held at the First Presbyterian Church in Bel Air, on Tuesdays 7-9 PM. We perform our Winter and Spring Concerts at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church and an outdoor Summer Concert in the Bel Air Bandshell. Check our Facebook page for upcoming events!


  • 2003: James V. McMahan directs a 12-person choral ensemble at the Bel Air Community Band Winter Concert; a vision develops for an independent community chorus in Harford County
  • 2006: The Bel Air Community Chorus is formed under the direction of Susan Brand, accompanied first by Diane Nelson and later by Shisa Suskey
  • Fall 2011: Assistant Director, Jenny Anderson joins as accompanist
  • Fall 2012: Jerrold Tidwell is named the director for the 2012-2013 concert season
  • Fall 2013: Jay Althouse is named Artistic Director of the Bel Air Community Chorus
  • Fall 2014: The chorus unveils a select ensemble: the Bel Air Community Chamber Choir. The Chamber Choir had their debut performance during the December 2014 Winter Concert
  • Spring 2020: Sandra Files is named Artistic Director of the Bel Air Community Chorus

The chorus continues to expand, looking forward to new growth and opportunities!

Community Outreach

The Bel Air Community Chorus is always looking for new venues in Harford County and beyond.  We perform at a variety of community events, including church and memorial services, retirement communities, sporting events, tree lightings and caroling, festivals and community gatherings. Please contact us for more information.  Be sure to check our calendar for upcoming events!