The program’s fully professional teaching/conducting staff employs a teaching program based on the Kodaly pedagogical method to offer all singers regular instruction in music reading skills, as well as a sound technical foundation for continued singing. The success of the program is evident each year in the selection of members to a variety of district, state, regional, and national honor choirs. All singers are initially auditioned for placement into an appropriate ensemble, and their subsequent development monitored is by the staff to determine appropriate advancement through the training program.
Our advanced ensembles have regularly joined the Northeast Pennsylvania Philharmonic each December for their annual “Home for the Holidays” programs, and have been featured in the Society’s annual “Ceremony of English Carols.” Many of the ensembles also participate in spring choral competitions such as the “Music in the Parks” festivals, and perform by invitation for special community events. In 2001, we presented the regional premiere of the famed Holocaust children’s opera, “Brundibar,” in fully staged performances that featured the last living member of the original Terezin cast, Ela Weissberger. Our choirs are regularly called upon for performances across both the community and region, including the Commonwealth’s annual Blue Mass, celebrated each Spring on the Capitol steps in memory of law enforcement officers lost in the line of duty. Our 2001 CD recording, “America The Beautiful,” helped pave the way for our first international tour to South Wales and England during the summer of 2002, and in 2005, the ensemble presented the world premiere of Daniel Kallman’s Three Poems of Sara Teasdale, commissioned by the Choral Society in memory of Julia Rose Kvashay. Our advanced treble ensemble has also appeared on state conferences of both ACDA (2001) and PMEA (2007).
Director of SingNEPA
Becky Burdett currently teaches grades K-4 at the Abington Heights School District. Her goal is for each student to be joyful in the act of reading, making, expressing, and creating music. Her classroom pedagogy blends together the elemental patterns and movement basis of Orff-Schulwerk with the vocabulary of patterns presented in the Kodaly method. She believes that all students can be capable musicians when allowed the guided freedom to explore all areas of musicianship.
Becky is passionate about music education and music pedagogy. She completed her Kodaly training under the direction of John Feierabend at the Hartt School of Music. She also completed Orff-Schuwerk training through the University of the Arts at Villanova in 2010, as well as MasterClass studies through George Mason University. Becky is an active member of several music education organizations: PMEA, AOSA and PAOSA, (Philadelphia Orff chapter), and NAfME. She has served as a clinician at the local, state, and national levels of teacher education. In 2016, Becky was a local conference chair for the AOSA National Conference, where she coordinated the Boutique. In 2014 she was named to the American Center for Elemental Music and Movement Roster of Excellence.
In addition to her active role as a school educator, Becky also accompanies both soloists and choirs. Summer teaching includes the Music Makers of the Wyoming Seminary Performing Arts Institute, and the Pocono Mountain Music Festival Performing Arts Camp.
Frank has a B.M.E. in Music Education from Penn State University and a M.S. in Higher Education Administration. He studied with Norman Spivey at Penn State University, competing in the National Association of Teachers of Singing Regional Competition and taking first prize in his respective categories. Frank also performed in Menotti’s Amahl and the Night Visitors, Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi, and Bernstein’s Mass. As a member of both the Penn State Concert Choir and Penn State Glee Club, Frank toured New York City, Washington D.C., Philadelphia, and San Francisco. At Penn State, he further served as the Children’s Choir Director and Tenor Section Leader at University Baptist and Brethren Church. Frank currently has a private voice studio in Scranton and is a music teacher in the Dunmore School District.
Jenna Socha obtained her undergraduate degree in Vocal and Choral Music from Missouri State University in 2008, where she studied voice with Dr. Andrew Childs and conducting with Dr. Guy Webb. More recently, Mrs. Socha studied choral conducting with and was Teaching Assistant to Dr. Paul Crabb and Dr. Marci Major Petrovich at the University of Missouri. She finished her Masters in Music Education there in 2013.
Previously, Mrs. Socha taught music in Southern Boone County R-1 School District from 2012-2015 in Ashland, Missouri and spent three years as Vocal Music Director in Independence, Missouri. Along with conducting and teaching vocal music at a variety of levels, Jenna has been involved in productions through the Opera Workshops at both MSU and Mizzou. She has musically directed Little Women, and Guys and Dolls with a Missouri children’s theatre company, Performing Arts Community Education (PACE).
Since her move to Scranton, Pennsylvania during the summer of 2015, Mrs. Socha has become a member of the Arcadia Chorale (formerly Robert Dale Chorale) and is a regular soloist. She has been hired to sing at various churches in the area, including First Presbyterian Church of Clark Summit and St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. Mrs. Socha also founded and is Artistic Director to Northeast Pennsylvania’s premier women’s chorus called Voce Angeli Scranton whose members present an annual benefit concert for charity every summer. She currently holds a position as Choral Director at Northwest Area High School and has students regularly participate in PMEA festivals.