Artistic & Administrative Staff


 

Artistic Director - Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd

Thomas Lloyd was named Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society in the year 2000. Active as a conductor,  composer, and singer, he also serves as Director of Music and Arts at the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral (since 2010). He is Emeritus Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he directed the combined Choral and Vocal Studies Program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges from 1996-2018. The premier recording of his 70-minute choral-theater work Bonhoeffer was nominated for a 2017 Grammy in the Best Choral Performance category. Subsequently, The Crossing commissioned him to compose a second full-length choral work, In the Light, to be premiered March 30 and 31, 2019 at the Cathedral. As a singer, he has remained active as a tenor soloist in his role as cantor at the Cathedral and as a recitalist with Lyric Fest of Philadelphia. An active clinician and festival conductor, he was recently added to the roster of KI Concerts International.

In 2011, Lloyd was designated a "Creative Connector" by Leadership Philadelphia, WHYY, and the Knight Foundation for his work developing collaborative projects across cultural divides, both locally and internationally.  He has led ten international choir tours involving collaborative concerts with local choirs. His Haverford/Bryn Mawr chamber choir has shared concerts with host choirs in Mexico, Turkey, Ghana, Poland, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, and Venezuela, as well as with the HBCU choirs of Howard, Lincoln, and Fisk Universities. He has led the Bucks County Choral Society on tours to Estonia (for the Estonia Song Fest), Russia, Romania, Hungary, Slovenia, Brazil, and Cuba. Choirs under Lloyd’s direction have performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association. He also founded a nationally recognized “Singing for Seniors” program with the Bucks County Choral Society, bringing together senior choirs from all over the county for biannual festivals, with revered children’s choir conductor Helen Kemp as co-leader.

Lloyd has published and presented scholarly articles on topics including the African-American spiritual, sacred jazz for choirs, teaching sacred music in secular contexts, the music of Hans Gal, and cross-cultural tour collaborations.  He has been featured on public television and radio throughout the Philadelphia region, most recently in a segment on  WHYY's Friday Arts program.  Lloyd holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (BM bassoon), Yale Divinity School (MAR pastoral theology), and the Yale School of Music (MM voice and opera). He also studied at the Tanglewood, Blossom, and Salzburg festivals. Following a ten-year interlude as an IT manager on Wall Street, where he rose to the level of Vice President at Prudential Securities, Lloyd returned to music in the doctoral program in conducting at the University of Illinois, where he completed the DMA in 1994. Thomas Lloyd's son, Jeremy, is also a Platinum Recording Artist as founding producer/composer of the electronic R&B band Marian Hill

For a complete listing of Lloyd’s compositions and articles, see http://www.thomaslloydmusic.com


Executive Director - Judith McDowell

Judith McDowell

In a career devoted to arts management, Judith McDowell brings extensive experience with non-profit performing arts organizations to the Bucks County Choral Society. Past experience includes organizations in Philadelphia and New Jersey, from the George Street Playhouse, the University of the Arts, the Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Westminster Choir College, to the Mercer Museum earlier in her career. She has managed and directed all areas of fundraising, including capital and endowment campaigns, and provided leadership in strategic planning and marketing. Judith has served on a number of area boards, which includes being a founding member of the Community Conservatory of Music (now The Conservatory), and her love of genealogy led to being on the board of the Association of Personal Historians. She has lived in Bucks County most of her life, has three grown children, two grandchildren, and lives with her husband Doug in Pipersville. Judith is thrilled to get to know the music lovers here in Bucks County.


Bookkeeper - Heather Beyer

Heather Beyer

Heather Beyer is an accountant/bookkeeper for various clients in both the nonprofit and private sectors. She also holds the position of Financial Controller at KBZ Communications Inc, a distributor of Cisco telecommunications equipment. She has a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration from Gettysburg College.

Heather lives in Doylestown with her husband and 3 children. In her spare time she enjoys family ski trips, playing tennis and gardening.

Assistant Conductor

David Fitzpatrick

David Fitzpatrick was named Assistant Conductor of the Bucks County Choral Society in September 2016. While assisting Thomas Lloyd with the full choir, he is responsible for the direction of the chamber choir and Singing for Seniors program. David also serves as Director of Music and the Arts at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. In this capacity he conducts 2 adult choirs, three hand bell choirs, a children's choir, the youth choir and the orchestra. As the administrator of the program, David oversees three staff members, a graded children's choir program, the Celebrate the Arts performing and visual arts series and the overall music program.

David's prior experience includes the Assistant Director of Music at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia, PA, where he assisted in conducting the Cathedral's three choirs. In addition, he served as the Director of Operations for concerts at the Cathedral Basilica. In this role he oversaw all administrative aspects of the concert series. As Director of vocal studies at St. Benedict's Preparatory School in Newark, NJ, he restructured the music program, added and taught new music classes and conducted three choirs. He also chaired the music department and co-chaired the performing arts department.

An honors graduate of both Westminster Choir College and the University of Arizona, David has studied conducting with Dr. Bruce Chamberlain, Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt, Dr. James Jordan, Sun Min Lee, Dr. Andrew Megill and Dr. Elizabeth Schauer. David is an active member of Chorus America, The American Choral Directors Association and Choristers Guild, where he serves as President of the Greater Philadelphia Chapter.

Accompanist - Elizabeth Manus

Elizabeth Manus

Elizabeth Manus brings a diverse background to her activity as a professional pianist and vocal coach. In addition to her expansive career as an accompanist, she has also presented solo recitals at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Painted Bride Theater, Ethical Society, and the Academy of Music Ballroom. Elizabeth’s classical training, combined with her extensive knowledge of vocal and instrumental repertoire, demonstrate her skill and versatility performing with choral groups, solo singers, instrumentalists, and orchestral ensembles.

Elizabeth has recently joined the piano faculty of The Westtown School, West Chester, PA where she will also serve as accompanist for their music programs. She serves as accompanist for the Bucks County Choral Society, and is on the piano faculty of Muhlenberg College. During July 2013, Elizabeth served as a staff pianist for the Foulger International Music Festival, Union, NJ. Past summers have included working with singers as an accompanist /vocal coach for the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts, Philadelphia, PA.

A graduate of the University of Michigan, Curtis Institute of Music, and University of the Arts, Elizabeth has studied piano with Susan Starr, and Vladimir Sokoloff. While pursuing a Master’s Degree in Piano Performance at the University of the Arts, she received the Ezerman Piano Award, recognizing excellence in performance, and the President’s Award for Academic and Artistic Achievement. Overseas musical studies include a Diploma in Piano and Chamber Music from L’ecole D’ Art Americaines, Fontainbleau, France. Elizabeth also has a background on organ from her studies with David Spicer and Robert Elmore. She is a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.

To learn more, please visit her website: www.elizabethmanus.com.


Information Systems Consultant - Michael P. Mueller

Michael P. Mueller

Michael Mueller has sung with BCCS since 1996. He manages the organizations data systems for fundraising, marketing, and administrative purposes. He serves on the marketing, fundraising, and finance committees. He grew up on a South Dakota farm and worked in Dallas, Texas for 26 years before coming to the Doylestown area. He earned a B.S. in Geological Engineering from South Dakota School of Mines & Technology, a M.B.A. from the University of Texas at Arlington, and a M.S. in Information Systems from Drexel University. His diverse work roles have included farm hand, silver miner, army engineer construction officer, exploration geophysicist, computer group supervisor, scientific research advisor, marketing vice president, software engineer, data systems consultant, business manager, and adjunct professor. He teaches business and computer courses for Strayer University. He also works as a small business systems and management consultant.

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