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 wife, 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,
Evan Weisblatt, Assistant Director, is in his final year of a Music Education and Vocal Performance dual-major at the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. Evan is absolutely honored to have the privilege to make music with the Gloucester County Children’s Chorus under Mrs. Sylvia Richardson. Evan has been involved in organized singing since he was eight years old. He has been invited to perform at festivals of various prestige throughout his public school career. In 2010, Evan won an award for his originating the role of Joseph Merrick in the world premiere of Face to Face the Musical: The Elephant Man Story. Evan has received several awards for his work in music and music education: as a graduating senior, Evan was honored with the David Crum Memorial Scholarship for his work in his high school’s choral community; he received the Future Teacher Award from PMEA District 11 for his work in the 2012 District 11 (Bucks and Montgomery counties) Choir. Additionally, Evan was honored by the Boyer College of Music and Dance with the 2015 David L. Stone Memorial Award for earning perfect marks in his coursework at Boyer. Finally, Evan was recently awarded the 2016 Rida C. Davis Award for his promise as a music educator and the 2016 Janet M. Yamron Memorial Award for excellence in choral conducting.
Evan is the Music Director of Temple University’s premiere co-ed a cappella group, OwlCappella. In his continuing four-year tenure with the group, OwlCappella (www.owlcappella.com) has released four wildly successful EPs and has been ranked as one of the top-five vocal groups in Philadelphia by CBS News Philly. OwlCappella has recently worked with the prestigious a cappella development collective, The Vocal Company, and during the group’s tour of the Southern USA in Spring 2016, the group recorded an EP entitled, Fly. with the world renowned a cappella record producers at Liquid 5th Studios. Fly. is available on iTunes, Loudr and Spotify. Additionally, Evan has already served several high-profile roles as a music educator: he served as the Lead Guitar and Piano Curriculum Ceveloper at Philly Arts Academy and he received Temple University’s Diamond Peer Teacher Award to work with Professor John Johnson in Theory I, among others. Finally, Evan also serves as the Assistant Director for the Council Rock High School South Choral Department in Holland, PA, the youngest person ever to do so.
After graduating in May 2017, Evan hopes to teach choral music and academic music courses at the secondary level and eventually earn graduate and doctoral degrees in both music education and choral conducting, as well as furthering research in breathing techniques for the choral singer.