Vocal Arts

  • Recent Accomplishments

    • Chorale selected to perform for the 2019 Eastern NAfME Conference.
    • MA candidate in Choral Conducting Maggie Sisson  and Canon McMilan High School selected to perform for the 2019 Eastern NAfME Conference.
    • MA candidate in Choral Conducting Kelly Rocchi and Nazareth High School selected to perform for the 2019 Eastern NAfME Conference.
    • Chorale selected to perform for the 2018 Eastern ACDA Convention.
    • Chorale selected to perform for the 2018 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Annual Conference.
    • 2018 Chamber Singers premieres Dame Ethel Smyth’s “The Prison” with the Johnstown Symphony Orchestra.
    • Chorale selected to perform for 2017 National Association for Music Education Eastern Divisional In-Service Conference.
    • Jonathan Walker-Vankuren (BFA ’15) joined the Fort Worth Opera Lesley Artist Program for the 2018–19 season. He has also apprenticed with Opera Santa Barbara, Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, and the Sherril Milnes Studio Artist at the Savannah Voice Festival.
    • Benjamin Strong (BFA ’20 expected graduation) won second place at the National Association of Teachers of Singing National Competition in Las Vegas, Nevada, after finishing first at both the Tri-state District and Eastern Regional NATS competitions.
    • Jessica Zelenack (MA ’16), appointed to Milwaukee Public Schools and Milwaukee Children’s Chorus.
    • Samuel Weiser (BSED ’14) joined Washington National Opera’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist. Program for the 2018–19 season. He was an apprentice artist at Central City Opera in the summer of 2018; was a Gerdine Young Artist with Opera Theater of St. Louis in 2016–17, winning the Richard Gaddes Career Grant; and is a winner in the St. Louis District of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.
    • Anna Berry (BFA ’13) was invited to join the Wichita Grand Opera Apprentice Program in 2015.
    • Samantha Wood (BFA ’12) was granted a teaching fellowship at the University of North Texas, where she is pursuing a doctoral degree of Musical Arts in Voice.
    • Multiple internships with the prestigious Blue Lake Music Camp.
    • Tate Dewalt, second place 2013 ACDA-PA undergraduate choral conducting competition.
    • Chorale performs at the 2013 ACDA-PA Fall Conference.
    • Multiple student selections to National ACDA Conducting Honor Choir.

    Alumni Attend Graduate School in Performance, Conducting, Music Theater, and Music Education

    Boston University

    California State University–Northridge

    Chicago College of Performing Arts

    Drexel University

    Florida State University

    Kansas State University

    Michigan State University

    Rowan University

    Temple University

    Texas Christian University

    University of Central Florida

    University of Kansas

    University of North Texas 

    University of Southern Mississippi

    University of Washington

    Summer Programs

    American Institute of Music, Graz, Austria

    Central City Opera, Central City, Colorado

    Lyric Opera Studio of Weimar, Weimar, Germany

    Opera Theater of St. Louis, St. Louis, Missouri

    Opera Festival di Roma, Rome and Orvieto, Italy

    Savannah Voice Fesitval, Savannah, Georgia

    Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theater, Logan, Utah

    Professional Placements

    Carnival Cruise Lines

    Chicago Opera Theater

    Fort Worth Opera

    Legoland — Orlando

    Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh

    Mississippi Opera

    Music Education Across the Nation and Abroad

    Opera Santa Barbara

    Opera Theater of St. Louis

    Sea World-Orlando

    Universal Studios — Orlando

    Washington National Opera

    Wichita Grand Opera