Artistic & Administrative Staff
Artistic Director - Thomas Lloyd
Thomas Lloyd was named Artistic Director of the Bucks County Choral Society in the year 2000. He is an Associate Professor of Music at Haverford College, where he has directed the combined choral and vocal studies program for Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges since 1996. He also serves as Director of Music for the Philadelphia Episcopal Cathedral, where he conducts the Cathedral Singers, has extended the role of liturgical Cantor, and has developed a ground-breaking Sunday afternoon series of musically innovative liturgies. As a tenor soloist he regularly performs on the Lyric Fest recital series in Philadelphia.
An active composer as well, David Patrick Stearns of the Philadelphia Inquirer said of the recent premier of his concert-length choral-theater work Bonhoeffer by the professional new-music choir The Crossing that the premier “reveals an important work. Sometimes you just don’t see a significant piece coming…While it effectively airs many philosophical questions that keep your mind busy long after the performance, it is never weighed down by them, and is rich in musical substance.”
Choirs under his direction have performed at conferences of Chorus America and the American Choral Directors Association and have performed on nine international tours to Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Eastern Europe. Each of these tours has focused on shared concerts and repertoire with a diverse range of local choirs. In 2012, Lloyd was the only choral conductor named to a list of area arts leaders considered to be “Creative Connectors” by Leadership Philadelphia, a program of WHYY and the Knight Foundation, for his extensive work in arranging collaborative performances with artists both in the region and around the world.
His nationally published articles and conference presentations have covered a wide range of subject matter, including the performance history of the African-American Spiritual, the Sacred Concerts of Duke Ellington, the vocal chamber music of Hans Gál, teaching sacred music in secular contexts, and practical issues related to performance practice in both early music and international repertoire.
He holds degrees from the Oberlin Conservatory (bassoon), Yale School of Music (voice and opera), Yale Divinity School (pastoral theology). 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. While there he was the first national winner in the graduate division of the American Choral Directors Association Student Conducting Award.
Thomas Lloyd lives in Haverford with his wife, Jane Kamp, who is Director of Development for the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts at the University of Pennsylvania; they have two children in college, Jeremy and Devin. For a complete listing of Lloyd’s compositions and articles, see http://www.thomaslloydmusic.com
Executive Director - Leland Felt
Leland has been a member of the Choral Society since 1985. He has functioned as Executive Director since 2012 while having previously served as Board Chair, President of the Choir, Board Member, Chairman of the Choral Society’s annual Signature Fund Raising events as well as chair of the Production Committee.
He has been a resident of Bucks County since 1983, moving here from Virginia and before that New Jersey. Leland worked as an Executive Search Consultant for 34 years. He has served on the Vestry of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church for 11 years, serving as Rector’s Warden for 6 of those years, where he was also active in fund raising. He is a past Board member of the Council Rock United Soccer Association where he also coached for 16 years. Leland is married to his wife Linda and combined have 3 children and 7 grandchildren.
Bookkeeper - 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.
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 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 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.