Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, who attended The Academy of Vocal Arts, Bloomsburg
State College and Temple University, from whence he received a Music
Education degree. He joined The
Philadelphia Singers in 1977.
In 1980, he
participated in the Chautauqua Opera Young Artist Program and became the
tenor soloist for St Paul’s Episcopal Church in Chestnut Hill,
Pennsylvania. His first
performance on the west coast was a Bach concert in tandem with the L.A.
Master Chorale & Symphonia at Dorothy
Chandler Pavilion in 1997.
December 2001, he was the token tenor in a presentation of Le roi David
by the Philadelphia Chamber Chorus at the Lutheran Church of the Holy
Communion. He played Damon in
The Philadelphia Singers’ performance of Acis and Galatea at St. Mark’s Church on 5th March
In 2006, he
appeared on the Vox Ama
Deus album, Mozart: Requiem and Exsultate,
Jubilate. He helped them
open their season in October 2006 in Daylesford
Abbey as a member of the soloist quartet in Mozart’s “Grand
Mass in C minor”. On 6th
April 2007, he recorded Verdi’s “Requiem” with the Ama Deus Ensemble at the Perelman Theater in
Then he marked
the 35th anniversary of The Philadelphia Singers by serving up Franz
Joseph Haydn’s “Missa in Augustiis”.
On 6th May 2007, Vox Ama Deus closed out their season at Daylesford
in a wall-to-wall Bach affair that included his “Magnificat”
and “Christ lag in Todesbanden”.
The Ama Deus Ensemble continued their recording output on
25th April 2008 with a live performance of Beethoven’s 9th
in the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. They returned to the same venue on 6th
November 2009, where they celebrated Haydn’s 200th birthday
in a program that featured his “Mass in D minor”.
December 2009, he was a featured soloist in the Ursinus
College Choir’s perennial holiday offering, Georg Frideric
Handel’s Messiah, at the Bomberger Auditorium in Collegeville, Pennsylvania. He also spent ten years as the
Executive Director of Chorus America, a group that specializes in helping
out professional and non-professional choristers through the U.S.
The Philadelphia Singers recordings
Fidelis (Frederick Oakeley/John Francis Wade)
Soprano – Benita Valente
Soloists Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Conductor – Michael Korn