Sharon R. Burchill - Artistic Director and Principal Conductor

Beaver County native Mrs. Sharon Burchill is an active conductor, teacher, and singer, and is a third-generation choral conductor. In addition to Beaver Valley Choral Society Artistic Director and Principal Conductor current appointments also include Middle and High School Choir Director, Aquinas Academy; Conductor, Novus Children’s Choir; and Conductor, Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir) and Gradus Cantorum (Young Adult Choir) at her church, St. John XXIII Parish, where she also sings in the Adult Schola Cantorum.  Past appointments include Artistic Director and Conductor of Coro Latinoamericano de Pittsburgh, Associate Conductor and Soprano Section Leader of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, Conductor of the Westminster College Women’s Choir, and Conductor of the Duquesne University Frauenchor. Choirs under her direction have performed in Ecuador, Canada, France, and Italy, where she conducted during a Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City. Sharon has served on the music faculty at Duquesne University and Westminster College, and has also held teaching positions at Point Park University, the Jewish Community Center, Deer Lakes School District and North Catholic High School. She has been a sacred music cantor locally at the Roman Catholic Churches of St. Bernard, Saints Simon and Jude, and Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Sharon has also sung with the Junior Mendelssohn Choir and Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh, the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh, and the Pittsburgh Bach and Baroque Society. She has toured Europe and recorded extensively as a choral singer, and has performed with Sarah Brightman, Dave Brubeck, Joe Negri, and Tom Roberts. Sharon holds a B.S. in Music Education and an M. M. Ed., both from Duquesne University.  She studied conducting with Dr. Brady Allred and Ann Howard Jones, and voice with Claudia Pinza, Maureen Budway, and Carol Ann Allred. In addition to conducting and singing, she maintains a private voice and piano studio, specializing in vocal college audition preparation. Sharon was inducted in to the Beaver County Musicians Hall of Fame in 2018 and was also the 2004 recipient of the Outstanding Young Conductor Award by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. She resides in Beaver County with her husband and four children.

July Yester - Acting Principal Accompanist

Judy began her piano study when she was five years old, first with her mother as her teacher, and then progressing with several local teachers until she moved onto studying with music professors from Geneva College and Slippery Rock. Additionally, Judy has studying organ with David Rhodes at Geneva. Judy was hired in 1978 as Organist, Pianist, and Choral Accompanist at College Hill United Methodist Church, a post she held for 42 years. Most recently, she plays at Beaver Memorial United Methodist Church, as well as accompanying Prayer Mountain monthly.

Judy holds a degree in Elementary Education from Slippery Rock State College (now Slippery Rock University). Judy is a proud Beaver County resident and continues making music with her family through the BVCS, joining sister Betsy who is a member of both the choir and the orchestra.

Judy O'Data - Mary Inman Honors Bell Choir Director

Among her many other musical accomplishments, Judy has been playing handbells for 15 years.  She started singing in choirs and playing instruments when she was in school and started playing handbells with her church and has expanded to sharing her talents with the Mary Inman Honors Handbell Choir.  You can also see her sharing her vocal talents with the Principal Choir, with the orchestra in the percussion section and with some of our outreach opportunities as well.  Judy says that music has been a big part of her life.  “For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been singing, humming, whistling or playing a tune.

Deborah R. Silverstein - Concert Master and Treble Youth Chorale Director

Deborah R. Silverstein earned her Bachelor of Music Education at the New England Conservatory of Music (Boston) and her Master of Music in Flute at Ithaca College. Deb performs as Principal Flute for the Pittsburgh Civic Orchestra and is Past President of the Pittsburgh Flute Club. She is Founder and Artistic Director of the Beaver County Flute Choirs and Instrumental and Vocal Teacher at Rhema Christian School. Mrs. Silverstein is proud to serve as the conductor of the Beaver Valley Choral Society’s Treble Youth Chorale.

Raymond J. Rotuna - Artistic Director Emeritus

Lee Pfeifer - President Emeritus

Former Artistic Directors

1925 – ????: T. Earle Yearsly

1945 – 1950: Eleanor Hunt

1946 – 1948: Willis Weagly

1948 – 1954: Domenic Mundo

1957 – 1966: George E. Bentel

1967 – 1978: Domenic Mundo

1979 – 2011: Philip H. Inman

2011 – 2020: Raymond J. Rotuna



Jim Angeloni – President and CEO

Pat Stagno – Vice President

Penny Chevront – Secretary

Austin Bailey – Treasurer

Pat Latagliata – Member, Treasurer Emeritus

Rick Murphy – Member

Sharon Burchill – Advisor

Ray Rotuna – Advisor

Tim Waxenfelter – Advisor