Friday, July 31, 2015

About Our Director

Julie Panke has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin, where she trained at the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, and a Master of Arts Degree from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is presently director of music at the First Reformed Church of Schenectady and previously served churches in Albany, Burnt Hills, and Glenville. Ms. Panke also directs the Thursday Musical Club, a forty-voice women's chorus based in Schenectady. She is a member of the American Choral Directors Association and a founding officer and former executive director of the Electronic Music Foundation headquartered in Albany.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

Abour Our Accompanists

Joanna Towse earned her B.S. in Music Education from The College of Saint Rose, went on to study at Eastman School of Music, then completed her Master's degree from Crane at SUNY Potsdam.  Upon graduation, Joanna taught classroom music in the public school system.  For 30 years, she was employed by Siena College in the Creative Arts Department where she taught lecture courses in music as well as vocal performance classes.  She is music director at St. Mary's Church in Nassau, N.Y.  Joanna serves on the advisory board for Siena College Opera Club.

John Norton studied piano with Findlay Cockrell of the University at Albany music faculty. At age 16 he won the Albany League of Arts Concerto Competition and was a featured soloist with the Albany Symphony Orchestra. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in sound recording technology from the State University College at Fredonia. He undertakes recording projects locally, as well as composing and arranging music from his studio. Mr. Norton also participates in his church's hand bell and vocal choirs, tours annually with the Cobleskill College Choir, and is the keyboardist with the band "Skippy and the Pistons." He is married and lives in Schenectady.