Mrs. Sylvia Richardson Mrs. Richardson is one of the founders of the choir. A graduate of Howard University, Mrs. Richardson received her Master of Arts Degree from Rowan University. She has completed Post Graduate work at Peabody Institute, John Hopkins University, Kodaly Studies in Budapest, Hungary and the Mozarteum, Salzburg, Austria. Mrs. Richardson is a widow, mother of three sons, and a grandmother of six. She retired from teaching music in the public school system after 34 years of service. Mrs. Richardson was choir director and soloist at the Church of the Good Shepherd in Pitman for 29 years. She sang with the Mary Green Singers (MGS) and traveled in the United States and abroad. The MGS choir was the chorus for the opera, Lucia Di Lammemoor in Israel under the direction of Zubin Mehta. Mrs. Richardson toured with the Kingston Symphony Orchestra in Kingston, Ontario. She performed with the Delaware Valley Festival Chorus and with the St. Augustine Episcopal Church Choir where she directs and is the lead soloist. A world traveler, Mrs. Richardson has also been a Travel Consultant for over 20 years. She has served on the Minority Arts Council Board, the County Arts Council, the South Jersey Performing Arts Council and the Main Stage Center for Arts. She also does consulting and judging for the Camden County Cultural and Heritage Commission. Continuing to serve her community as a businesswoman, Mrs. Richardson also gives private voice lessons and is a vocal mentor for the NAACP ACT-SO Program
David Anderson, Accompanist, received his Bachelor of Music degree in applied piano from Houghton College, where he studied piano with Nancy Bachus and David Ott, and his Master of Music degree in applied piano from West Virginia University, where he studied with Herman Godes. In 1977, he was awarded a Rotary Foundation Graduate Fellowship, allowing him to further his studies with Frieda Richter-Valenzi at the Hochschule für Musik und darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. He has been inducted into Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society, and was named one of the Outstanding Young Men of America. Mr. Anderson began his performance career as a sacred concert pianist, presenting programs of his own hymn arrangements along with classical selections, in churches throughout the eastern United States. In addition, he has served as staff pianist at Sandy Cove Bible Conference in Maryland and Gull Lake Bible Conference in Michigan. Currently, Mr. Anderson is an adjunct professor of music at Cumberland County College and the accompanist for both the Gloucester County College and Community Chorus and the Singing Ambassadors of Vineland, New Jersey. He serves as church pianist at the First Baptist Church of Elmer, New Jersey, sings tenor in St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Choir, Woodbury.
Robin Wilson Broughton, Assistant Director, attended Westminster Choir College and graduated from Rowan University with a B.A. in Music Education/Vocal Performance. She completed her graduate studies at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia and at the American Institute of Musical Studies (AIMS) in Graz, Austria. Robin has performed on some of the greatest stages including Carnegie Hall and the Metropolitan Opera House. Her awards range from being a National Finalist in the Metropolitan Opera Vocal auditions to the first place winner of the Meistersinger Vocal Competition in Austria. She was then recruited by the Klagenfurt Opera House in Austria and performed in several venues in Germany, Italy and France. A New Jersey native and voice student of Dr. Eugene Thamon Simpson, some of her roles include Amelia in Un Ballo in Maschera, Fiordiligi in Cosi Fan Tutte, and Bess in Porgy and Bess. Her performances of the Verdi Requiem have thrilled audiences around the world. She has performed and recorded with the St. Peter Orchestra by the Sea, Ocean City Pops and Bay Atlantic Symphony. She made her debut with the Johns Hopkins University Orchestra in Berber’s Knoxville Summer of 1915. The General Board of Global Ministries recently contracted her to record a new work for soprano, baritone and strings called the Tindley Suite, based on the spirituals of Philadelphia composer Charles Albert Tindley. She was also affiliated with the Gloucester County Children’s Choir for 14 years, serving as Assistant Director and in 2017 accepted the offer of Assistant Director again. Robin was inducted into the Asbury Park High School Hall of Fame. She has received awards of achievement from New Jersey’s Governor and Senate President. She is huge supporter of the Mainstage Center for the Arts, where she was not only a performer but was also on the Board for 11 years. She is an active performer and is in great demand from a wide variety of venues.