Lyn and John Banghart with Marin Alsop
In June 2011, John Banghart ’71 and Lyn (Evelyn) Davis Banghart ’71 attended the BSO Academy, an annual, intensive, week-long study program that helps musicians reach new levels of artistic achievement through learning and performance opportunities with the world-class Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Music Director Marin Alsop.
BSO Academy participants experience the creative process of a finely synchronized ensemble first-hand—right alongside BSO players, many of whom have worked together in this orchestra for more than 25 years. There is no other program in the country quite like it. In addition to orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, master classes, and personal lessons, there were enrichment classes led by BSO musicians, activities with Maestra Alsop, and lectures led by local experts. Academy participants and BSO musicians performed together under the leadership of Alsop at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in a full orchestra finale concert.
John Banghart and David Fedderly
John had the privilege of playing alongside David Fedderly, principal tuba with the BSO, and Lyn played second and third horn with the excellent horn section of the BSO. A highlight at the academy for Lyn was meeting world-famous horn player Barry Tuckwell. A video with John and Lyn and other members of the academy can be seen at the BSO Academy website.
Phil Munds, Lyn Banghart, and Barry Tuckwell
John and Lyn graduated from the Music Department at IUP, both with B.S. degrees in Music Education. John studied tuba, and Lyn, flute and piano. Besides holding the position of chief operating officer at the Maryland Automobile Insurance Fund, John is a piano tuner and technician and plays principal tuba with the Mid Shore Community Band in Easton, Md. He is also a member of the Burnished Brass Quintet.
The Bangharts at orchestra rehearsal
Lyn is currently a freelance musician as a piano accompanist and vocalist and has been playing french horn for three years, after a shoulder problem made it difficult to hold the flute. She is studying horn with Philip Munds, principal horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Ken Bell, Munds’ assistant and horn professor at Gettysburg College. Lyn is principal horn with the Mid Shore Community Band and plays with the Burnished Brass Quintet.
The Bangharts also sing in the Tidewater Singers, a 24-member choir, and sing bass and soprano in the Tidewater Quartet.
Both the Banghart and Davis families are well represented at IUP. John’s grandmother, Katherine Quiggle Banghart ’18, was a graduate of the Indiana Normal School. Lyn’s mother, Evelyn Thornton Davis ’36, graduated from Indiana State Teachers college as did her sister, Merelyn Davis ’64, currently of Burbank, Calif., where she has retired from the music editing business and now works in photography. Both mother and sister were graduates of the Music Department. Merelyn, previous owner of Merelyn Davis Music, received the IUP Distinguished Alumni Award in 2006. John and Lyn’s son, John Banghart V, currently of Herndon, Va., attended IUP and went on to graduate from Towson State University with a degree in English. He currently works for NIST in the Computer Security Division. His wife, Rebecca Capper Banghart ’91, was also a graduate of IUP, where they met. Rebecca works for Booz Allen Hamilton in structural system design. They have two sons, Stephen, 17, and Jeffrey, 14.
The Bangharts at sectional rehearsal
They also have a daughter, Hannah Walthier, who graduated from Westchester University with a degree in oboe performance. She currently works for Cigna as a customer service senior associate. Her husband, Ethan Walthier, is a graduate of Temple University and works as a photojournalist in the Bethlehem/Allentown area for WFMZ.
John and Lyn met at IUP and have been married for 41 years.