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Wyoming Seminary announces Levi Sprague Fellowship recipients
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FACULTY

Tim Early (head of the dance program) serves as co-director of the Philadelphia based modern dance company Opus 1 Contemporary. In addition to working with many independent choreographers, he continues to perform with Philadelphia companies including Brandywine Ballet and Pennsylvania Academy of Ballet. Currently on staff at Temple University, he has served at Mount Holyoke College as a visiting artist and has choreographed for Lafayette College, Moravian College and West Chester University. He trained with master teacher Jonathan White in the Vaganova method and is also trained in the techniques of Limon, Graham, Horton and Wigman.


Sarah McWilliams graduated Summa Cumme Laude from Temple University's BFA Dance program and then travelled to Israel and spent 5 months with the Kibbutz Contemporary Dance Company's Dance Journey Program. Since returning to Philadelphia, she has been working as a dance and barre fitness instructor, as well as a dancer for New York City-based choreographer Kailey McCrudden and her company KayCruddenCo.

Rick Callender is from Miami, Florida, and began his training with Marta Mahr School of Ballet and New World School of the Arts. He them moved to Seattle to study at the Pacific Northwest Ballet School. He later took a position with the Washington Ballet in Washington, D.C. After working at the Fort Worth Dallas Ballet (Texas Ballet Theatre) for five seasons, he moved to Philadelphia. Rick has also danced with the Suzanne Farrell Ballet Company, Pennsylvania Ballet, Ballet X, Miro Dance, Jeanne Ruddy Dance, and is currently a principal dancer with Brandywine Ballet.


Additional Guest Clinicians have included:
Craig Biesecker, Mark Morris Dance Group
Elizabeth Hansen and Trinette Singleton, Joffrey Ballet
Jessica Daley and Joseph Cotler, Koresh Dance Company
Barbara Weisberger, founder, Pennsylvania Ballet
Lisa Sundstrum, American Ballet Theater
Jeanne Dillon and Sophia Castaldi, Miami City Ballet
Lina Early, founder and choreographer, Opus 1 Contemporary
Andrew Buleza, Tamburitzans

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FACULTY AND CONDUCTORS



Jennifer Kelly

Dr. Jennifer Kelly is Director of the Arts, Associate Professor of Music, and Director of Choral Activities at Lafayette College, and Artistic Director of Concord Chamber Singers of the Lehigh Valley. A professional conductor, Dr. Kelly has conducted the Los Angeles United Musicians Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Orchestra at the Kadima Conservatory, UCLA Concert Chorus and Chamber Singers, and several ensembles at the colleges of Los Angeles Valley and Lafayette. Selections of her conducted performance of Amy Beach’s Gaelic Symphony are featured on an interactive DVD authored by Dr. Robert Winter. An active guest conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, her ensembles are known for their energy, dynamic versatility, innovative programming, and impactful storytelling.

An authority on American women composers, Dr. Kelly’s dissertation focused on Libby Larsen’s compositional intention, and she later authored a book filled with twenty-five composers and works lists entitled In Her Own Words: Conversations with Composers in the United States (University of Illinois Press, 2013). She has widely presented her research in the U.S., Europe, and China. As a scholar, Dr. Kelly has offered pre-concert lectures for the Allentown Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and was also a Conducting Fellow with ASO.

An advocate for interdisciplinary collaboration in the arts, alternative venues, and featuring underrepresented populations in classical music, she is also part of a movement reconceiving vocal ensembles in the 21st century. Dr. Kelly is currently developing new commission projects with a grant from The Hearst Foundations, and premiered a major work by Gabriela Lena Frank as part of a year-long residency to explore creative process across disciplines. Current commission projects include composers Alice Parker, Hilary Tann, and the first concerto for sitar, tabla, orchestra and chorus, composed by Hasu Patel. As Director of the Arts at Lafayette, she co-leads the two-year artist/scholar programming for Tapestries: Voices Within Contemporary Muslim Cultures with a grant from the Association of Performing Arts Professionals and Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, and is also co-Principal Investigator for a grant from the Kern Family Foundation to reconceive the entrepreneurial mindset.

As a musical director for theatre, Dr. Kelly’s shows include Chicago, Urinetown, Little Women, Steel Pier, Last Five Years, Cole, and Pippin. As a professional vocalist, she has studied with Karen Morrow, Kari Windigstadt-White, Dorothy Warenskjold, Gary Busby, and Eric van Hoven. She was a professional ensemble singer with the London Philharmonia Chorus and BBC Concert Orchestra in the performance of contemporary work St. John Passion by James MacMillan, sang the mezzo roles in Gilbert & Sullivan: Revue, and is a professional cabaret vocalist.

Earning her doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles under the tutelage of her mentor Donald Neuen, she has also studied with Simon Carrington, Robert Winter, and John Hall, and participated in an intensive study of Dalcroze Eurythmics at the Marta Sanchez Training Center, Carnegie Mellon University. Dr. Kelly has served on the Board of the International Alliance for Women in Music and the state committees of the American Choral Directors Association, California chapter, and the Music Association of California Community Colleges.


Peggy Dettwiler

Peggy Dettwiler is Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Mansfield University in Pennsylvania, where she conducts the Concert Choir, Festival Chorus, and Chamber Singers, and teaches choral conducting and methods. She holds the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. She also has a Master of Music Degree in Choral Conducting from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Music Degree in Music Education from the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Mansfield University Concert Choir has been invited for twenty consecutive years to perform at state, regional, national, or international choral conventions and has won nine gold medals and numerous prizes in international competitions. In 2010, Dr. Dettwiler received the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence from the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association, and she placed second in 2011 and 2013 for the American Prize for Choral Conductors at the College/University level. Dettwiler has served as a guest conductor and lecturer throughout the country and has given presentations at numerous NAfME and ACDA Conventions. She has produced two DVDs, one entitled, “Developing a Vocal Color Palette for Various Choral Styles” and the second, “Sing in Style.” Dettwiler made her conducting debut in Carnegie Hall in January of 2014 and presented an interest session at the World Choral Symposium in Seoul, Korea, in August of 2014. Dettwiler received the Presidential Coin for Excellence from General Francis Hendricks, President of Mansfield University and was designated “2015 Honored Artist of the American Prize.”. In 2016, she served on the jury for the World Choir Games in Sochi, Russia, and was one of ten conductors from seven countries, who participated in the course, CONDUCTING 21C: Musical Leadership for a New Century, held in Stockholm, Sweden. In January of 2017, Dettwiler served as Artistic Director for the concert, “Of War, Peace, and the Power of Music,” held in Carnegie Hall and sponsored by Performing Arts Educators.


Christopher Jackson

Christopher Jackson, D.M.A., is the director of choral activities at Lycoming College. He conducts the Lycoming College Choir, Lycoming Chamber Choir, Tour Choir, and teaches music history, conducting and applied voice lessons. He also serves as the artistic director for the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra and is the co-founder, with his wife, Fiona Jackson, of the Lycoming Baroque Choir and Orchestra, now in its third season. He and his wife are also the co-founders of new professional ensemble Bricolage, which will debut with local performances of David Lang’s Pulitzer Prize winning composition The Little Match Girl Passion in conjunction with the Lycoming College Art and Music Departments and an outreach with the local Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA).

Professor Jackson works frequently as a guest conductor for Honors Festival Choirs around the state, leads the Lycoming Tour Choir on a yearly week-long tour, most recently to China, and was honored with an invitation to participate in a master class at the Daejeon International Choral Festival World Choral Symposium in Deajeon, South Korea with Maestro Winfried. His next upcoming engagement includes giving a master class to conductors in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Prior to his position at Lycoming College, Jackson directed the University of North Texas Men’s Chorus in Denton, Texas, conducted the UNT Collegium Singers, the school’s premiere early music ensemble, an as an assistant, and assisted with the direction of The Denton Bach Society. He also taught choir and music theory at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, Arizona. In Arizona, he served as vice president of high school activities of the Arizona Music Educators Association Choral Chapter, and assisted with the direction of the early music ensemble, Musica Sonora.

In addition to conducting, Jackson enjoys an active singing career. He currently sings with and serves as the educational outreach director for Skylark Vocal Ensemble with whom he recently recorded a 2017 GRAMMY nominated album. Jackson also appears regularly with Kinnara Ensemble, for whom he has given pre-concert lectures on his specialized field of research, the music of Benjamin Britten.

Jackson will debut this season with GRAMMY award winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth. Previously, he has appeared as a soloist and ensemble singer with The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, True Concord Voices, The South Dakota Chorale, The Tulsa Signature Symphony, The Westminster Chamber Choir and The Denton Bach Society. He can also be heard as a featured performer on The Westminster Choir’s 2010 recording, Noel. Opera credits include Narrator in The Three Penny Opera and 2nd Armed Guard in The Magic Flute with the Spoleto Festival USA.

Jackson received his bachelor’s in voice performance from Oklahoma State University and his master’s in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College where he was the assistant conductor of the Westminster Symphonic Choir under Joe Miller, D.M.A. He received his D.M.A. in choral conducting from the University of North Texas.

Molly Allen
Soprano Molly Allen holds a Bachelor of Music as well as a Mater of Music degree in Vocal Performance from the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at The Catholic University of America. She currently resides in the Washington D.C. area where she teaches at Harmonic Music Studios. When she is not teaching, Molly is pursuing a career in Opera. Molly has performed the role of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor, Gilda in Rigoletto, Gretel in Hansel and Gretel, Miss Silverpeal in Der Schauspieldirektor, Jou Jou in The Merry Widow, Cupidon in Bel Cantanti Opera Company’s production of Orphèe aux Enfers, and Nella, in the Amalfi Coast Music and Arts Festival’s production of Gianni Schicchi. She is a recent winner of the Xi’an Music Festival Vocal Competition in Xi’an China as well as the Friday Morning Music Club Vocal Competition in Bethesda, Maryland. She looks forward to spending her time at PAI this summer.


Grant Mech studied at the Westminster Choir College of Rider University, Princeton, NJ and received a Master of Music in Voice Performance and Pedagogy in 2007 with distinction Bachelor of Music in Music Education. He has studied voice with Margaret Cusack and conducting with James Jordan. He is presently the Choral Director at the Rancocas Valley Regional High School and the Director of Music and Organist for the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church in New York City, New York.


Patrick Cook is described by the Washington Post as “imposing and promising”, tenor Patrick Cook is earning praise for his performances across the country in venues including The Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall. In 2011, Cook performed for President Obama’s Town Hall meeting in College Park, MD. Cook is a 2011 and 2010 DC District Winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. He can be heard on the American Symphony Orchestra’s recording of Meyerbeer’s Les Huguenots as Bois-Rosé and Premiere Moine. Cook holds advanced degrees from the University of Maryland, Bard Conservatory, and The Juilliard School. Cook sings in the Washington National Opera Chorus and serves on the faculty of Northern Virginia Community College.


Rebecca Henry, with her “beautiful mezzo timbre,” is capturing the attention of audiences throughout North America. Most recently heard as an Apprentice Artist with Ash Lawn Opera, Ms. Henry is distinguishing herself as a communicative and engaging performer. During her recent tenure with Ash Lawn Opera, Ms. Henry portrayed a playful yet otherworldly Dritter Knabe in Daniel Rigazzi’s interpretation of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte. Lauded for her convincing portrayals in trouser roles, Rebecca has appeared as Tirinto in Handel’s Imeneo, Hänsel in Hänsel und Gretel, both with Opera McGill as and Prince Orlofsky with the Janiec Opera Company in their production of Die Fledermaus. Also with the Janiec Opera Company, Ms. Henry was awarded “special kudos” for her portrayal as the comical aunt, Zita, in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi. She has brought her “signature energy and professionalism” to a number of other roles including Pitti-Sing (The Mikado) and the Third Spirit (The Magic Flute), both as part of her three season Young Artist residence with the Janiec Opera Company at Brevard Music Center. Other credits include the tormented Mrs. Grose from Britten’s The Turn of the Screw and the comical Arnalta of Monteverdi’s L’Incoronazione di Poppea, both with Opera McGill. This summer brings new and exciting opportunities as Rebecca joins Pittsburg Opera Theater Summerfest to sing Petra in A Little Night Music and the Mezzo Soloist in Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes. Her summer continues as she journey’s to China to participate in I Sing Beijing, a new cross-cultural opera training program. While at the program she will be learning to speak and sing Mandarin.

Equally at home on the concert stage, Ms. Henry has appeared on numerous occasions as an oratorio soloist singing Honegger’s King David, Bach’s Magnificat, Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, and The Mozart Requiem. A dedicated recitalist, Ms. Henry’s most recent recital included a collaboration with renowned pianist Michael Shannon. The program featured works such as Schumann’s Frauenliebe und Leben along with Libby Larsen’s song cycle Love After 1950, a piece which Ms. Henry had the privilege of coaching with Susanne Mentzer, the praised Mezzo-Soprano for whom the cycle was originally written.

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FACULTY & DIRECTORS

Aritstic Director Steve Pacek attended Ithaca College where he received his BFA in Musical Theatre. He has worked extensively in the entertainment industry, spanning many disciplines and in many different cities including New York, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Minneapolis. As an actor, he has appeared on television, off-broadway, on tour, and on numerous Philadelphia stages including the Arden Theatre Company, the Prince Music Theater, Walnut Street Theatre, and 11th Hour Theatre Company, where he serves as Associate Artistic Director and Co-Founder. Steve has been nominated for 5 Barrymore Awards including two nominations for the Haas Award for Emerging Artist in Theatre. Directing / Choreography credits include: I Sing!, The World Goes ‘Round (11th Hour), APA showcases (The Arden). He has also assisted directors Larry Moss (NYC’s Century Center), Jow Calarco (Playwright’s Horizons), Mark Valdez (Minneapolis’ Mixed Blood Theatre Co.) and Terry Nolen (The Arden). As an educator, Steve has taught with Music Theater International, Disney’s Broadway Junior, Jen Waldman Studio, Lucy Moses School, Windward School, Arden Theatre Company, Walnut Street Theater, Ithaca College, and the Hangar Theater’s Next Generation program.


Dancer, choreographer, and educator, Jenn Rose’s work spans the stage and film. Jenn’s work has been recognized with three Barrymore Nominations, funding from the Joyce Theatre, and two Broadway World Philadelphia awards. Choreography credits in Regional Theater include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (Milwaukee Repertory Theater), Spring Awakening (Theatre Horizon), Robin Hood (Arden Theatre Co., Barrymore Nomination for Excellence in Choreography), Chicago (Media Theatre), The Flea and The Professor (Arden Theatre Co., Barrymore Award for Best Production of a Musical), The Great American Trailer Park Musical (11th Hour Theatre Co./Montgomery Theatre, Barrymore Nominations for Excellence in Choreography and Best Musical), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Theatre Horizon, Barrymore Nomination for Best Musical), Avenue X (11th Hour, Barrymore Nominations for Excellence in Choreography and Best Musical), The Irish…And How They Got That Way (Walnut Street Theater, Barrymore Award for Best Production of a Musical), and more. Jenn has additionally worked with Ballet Fleming, 213 Productions, and Loose Screws Contemporary Tap Company (founder) for additional stage work, as well as IFC Network, Mad Dragon Records and Stage Too Productions on collaborative film work. She is passionate about dance education and has instructed at The Rock School, Koresh School of Dance, Drexel University, Ursinus College, University of Delaware, West Chester University, and numerous youth dance and theater programs. Jenn continues to perform and choreograph with her company, Loose Screws, and as a company member of Take It Away Dance, a tap and percussive ensemble.

Music Director Daniel Kazemi is additionally a composer, orchestrator, pianist, performer, and educator. Dan’s original music has been performed at the World Festival of the Circus of Tomorrow in Paris, at the A.W.A.R.D. Show in Philadelphia, and in 213 Productions collaborations Untitled Project #213 and Your Attention Please! Dan recently premiered a ballet adaptation of Shel Silverstein’s The Missing Piece for Ballet Fleming. In Philadelphia, Dan most recently directed the world premiere musical, Kait Kerrigan and Brian Lowdermilk’s Flash of Time, commissioned by the PIFA Festival. He also orchestrated and musically directed the world premiere of Tulipomania at the Arden Theatre Company. As an Associate Artist at Milwaukee Rep, Dan has helped pioneer the Rep’s new musical programming with recent productions of Next to Normal, Always Patsy Cline, Cabaret, last season’s Assassins, and an actor / instrumentalist Blues in the Night. Dan musically directed Tick, Tick…Boom!, Austentatious, the PhillyRocks! Concerts, The World Goes Round (Barrymore nomination), Reefer Madness, Little Shop of Horrors, Rooms and The Great American Trailer Park Musical for 11th Hour Theatre Company. He also garnered a Helen Hayes Nomination for his work on the D.C. premiere of The Musical of Musicals: The Musical, a Barrymore Nomination for The Flea and the Professor (Arden Theatre Company), and received a Barrymore Award for the 11th Hour’s Avenue X. At Walnut Street Theatre, Dan musically directed, arranged, and performed in The Irish and How They Got That Way (Two Barrymore Nominations). Dan is also the composer of the promising, hilarious new musical, The Tapioca Miracle.

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Wyoming Seminary graduate receives Friedmann Prize in history
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The prize is given to a graduating senior who demonstrates a passion for the study of history while achieving excellence in the discipline.

Wyoming Seminary teacher receives Upper School Maslow Teaching Award at Commencement
Thursday, June 22, 2017
The award is given in recognition of effective teaching, support of the academic program and ideals of the school, and positive influence on the lives of the students.

Wyoming Seminary honors three with Distinguished Service Awards
Friday, June 16, 2017
Wyoming Seminary presented the Donchess Distinguished Service Awards to John C. Metz, Sr., Dr. John J. Moriarity and Susan Wayne '56, LICSW.

Wyoming Seminary Upper School graduates 131 seniors in May Commencement
Tuesday, June 06, 2017
Sem celebrated its 173rd Baccalaureate and Commencement on May 27 and 28 as students from five states in the United States and 14 other countries completed their high school educations.

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