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.

Leeland K. Pfeifer - Assistant Conductor

While in High School, Lee was active in the choral arts programs participating in the Beaver Falls Area High School Concert Choir and in the auditioned group, The Madrigal Singers. He studied voice and music theory under Jay Mann and was selected to participate in the Honors Chorus and District Chorus. Lee began college in music education with a major in voice. While at West Chester University, he studied voice and choral technique under Roy Sweet. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Management and gained experience in every phase of management. Having held a variety of positions in management, sales, and marketing, he traveled extensively throughout North America, Asia, and Europe. In 2016, Lee retired from his positions of General Manager of the Carbon Division for Kureha America and President of Kureha Advanced Materials. Lee has remained active in music by singing in various choirs and providing leadership for some of those music organizations. He has been a member of the Beaver Valley Choral Society since 1982 serving as Bass Section Leader and BVCS President. Lee is the Music Director of the Syria Shriners Chanters, Cheswick, PA. Under his direction, the Chanters have accomplished numerous first place awards in regional and International adjudicated competition. Lee is also choir director for the Valley of New Castle Consistory Choir and was Associate Choir Director of Christ’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, Beaver Falls, PA. Lee is privileged to have benefited from many years of studying the conducting technique of former BVCS Director Phil Inman.

July Yester - 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.

Cherl L. Himes - Mary Inman Honors Bell Choir Director

Cherl is currently the Music Director for Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Rochester, directing the Chancel, Youth, and Handbell Choirs. She also participates in the Beaver Valley Choral Society as a member of the principal choir, Laudem Deo Chamber Singers, and solo series representative. A member of the Beaver Valley Choral Society percussion section, she regularly accompanies both the Principal Choir and Treble Youth Chorale. Cherl started singing in the church choir as a youth and started playing handbells when she was a teen under the direction of Mrs. Marjorie Shane at Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Rochester, Pa.  A diverse musician, Cherl has sung for Christian cable TV and at Movieland Wax Museum in Buena Park, Ca., prepared and directed the chorus for Hosanna the Musical, has served as  Music Director for Westminster Presbyterian Church, New Brighton, and has directed the handbell choir at Faith Community Church, Rochester, Pa. Additionally, for years she volunteered with the 5th grade chorus at the New Brighton Elementary school, and most recently was a handbell coach for Aquinas Academy Women’s Choir. Cherl loves to sing and direct and feels they are a gift from God. “To not use this gift for His purpose would be such a waste. He has given me so much. I have been blessed.”

Deborah R. Silverstein - 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

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

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Lee Pfeifer – President and CEO

Jim Angeloni – Vice President

Penny Chevront – Secretary

Lynn Doyle – Treasurer

Pat Latagliata – Member, Treasurer Emeritus

Rick Murphy – Member

Kathy Savot – Member

Pat Stagno – Member

Sharon Burchill – Advisor

Tim Waxenfelter – Advisor