Artistic & Music Director

In June 1999, Jeffrey Brillhart was appointed the fourth Music Director of Singing City, having served as Associate Director in the 1998-99 season, when he worked closely with then Music Director Joseph Flummerfelt. As Music Director, Mr. Brillhart provides artistic leadership for a rich program of concerts, educational instruction in local schools, and outreach to diverse communities. He directs the choir and oversees all aspects of Singing City's musical initiatives. Jeffrey sang with Singing City during founder Elaine Brown's last year as director, and he shares Singing City's commitment to performance, community, and education. He has an impressive background of study, positions and achievement, begun first at age 5 with piano lessons and at age 11 with his first position as a church organist.

Mr. Brillhart's formal training was at Drake University, where he received his Bachelor of Church Music degree in 1977, and at the Eastman School of Music, where he received a Master of Performance and Literature degree in 1979. Prior to and during this time his organ study was with Frank B. Jordan, Carl Staplin, Arthur Poister and Russell Saunders. A pianist, harpsichordist, conductor and singer as well, he studied with Barbara Lister-Sink, Lenora McCroskey and Margaret Hauptmann. While at Eastman, Mr. Brillhart was active as a pianist in the studios of Jan DeGaetani, John Maloy, Thomas Paul and Peter Salaff.

A native Iowan, Jeffrey Brillhart serves as Director of Music and Fine Arts at the Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church. Jeff directs the Senior Choir and Bryn Mawr Chamber Singers; oversees the Vespers Series and Second Sundays at Five; supervises all children and youth choirs; and coordinates the church's arts outreach and visual arts ministries. He has taken his choirs on international tours to Northern Ireland, England, Austria, Hungary, the Czech Republic, Russia, Finland, Brazil and Cuba. 

In 1993, he took a five-month study leave in Paris, France where he studied organ improvisation, the organ symphonies of Louis Vierne, and the music of Maurice Duruflé. His teachers included Olivier Latry, Philippe Lefebvre, Marie Madeleine Duruflé and Wolfgang Seifan. In 1994 he was first place prize winner in the American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation. Since that time, his recital tours have taken him throughout America, with engagements in San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, Iowa City, Des Moines, Worcester, and throughout the eastern seaboard.

Jeffrey Brillhart is active with the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Director's Association. Mr. Brillhart may be heard as organist and pianist on several Direct-to-Digital recordings. He is also listed in the International Who's Who of Musicians.

His recital tours have taken him throughout America, with engagements in San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Pittsburgh, New York City, Birmingham, Iowa City, Des Moines, Worcester, and throughout the eastern seaboard. He has presented masterclasses at Curtis Institute of Music, Eastman School of Music, Westminster Choir College, Drake University, University of Iowa, and Baylor University. Since January 2005, he has been a Visiting Lecturer in Improvisation at Yale.

Executive Director

Lauren Anderson has been a member of Singing City for 20 years and has also served on its Board of Directors. She brings her love of the organization as well as administrative, design and marketing skills to her role as executive director. She began her career at NYU's School of Social Work as manager of Administrative Services, training and supervising a 20-member staff and managing a $2 million budget. For three years she was Choir Administrator and Office Manager of Singing City. For ten years she worked at Friends School Haverford as Communications Coordinator, handling publications, marketing, web, and IT support. She provided technology training to staff members and served on related committees, including advancement, marketing and technology. Her grandfather, the Rev. A. Herbert Haslam, was instrumental in the founding of Singing City in 1948. Anderson holds a BA from New York University.

Office Manager and Choir Administrator

A native of Pittsburgh, Scott Hughes is a recent graduate of Temple Universty where he majored in physics. His first love, however, is music. Scott is an accomplished pianist who began playing when he was six and went on to study with Don Glanden and David Bennett Thomas. While not a choral singer himself, Scott is a fan of the vocal arts.

Singing City Children's Choir Director

Steve Fisher has been the Director of the Children’s Choir since 2005. He has a wealth of experience with children’s choirs and is recognized nationally and internationally for his work with young singers.

For seven years, Steve was the Assistant Music Director of the Philadelphia Boy’s Choir.  He then went on to found his own boychoir, Keystone State Boychoir, which is celebrating its 10th Anniversary Season this year.  With almost 200 boys between the ages of 8 and 18, the Boychoir is considered to be one of the finest, most successful community-based boychoir programs in the world.  The Boychoir has sung with the region’s most esteemed music ensembles, including the Philadelphia Orchestra and the Opera Company of Philadelphia, for which the Boychoir serves as its official children’s choir.  The Boychoir has performed internationally at the Manaus Opera House in Brazil, the Hanoi Opera House in Vietnam, and the Petronas Philharmonik Hall in Malaysia, as well as in venues throughout Alaska, Canada, South Africa, Japan, Thailand, Cambodia, Australia, Monaco, France, Germany, Austria, and Bulgaria. In December of 2009, the Boychoir made history as the first choir to sing in Antarctica.  In doing so, the Boychoir also became the first choir to have sung on all seven continents.  In February of 2010 the Boychoir made its ACDA debut at the Eastern Conference in Philadelpia to rave reviews.

Steve is also director of "FYI!" (Find Your Instrument!), the outreach program of the Keystone State Boychoir that offers a weekly singing opportunity to students of the School District of Philadelphia who otherwise would not have music as part of their school day. In addition to his work with Singing City Children’s Choir and the Keystone State Boychoir, Steve is music director and a founder of the New York Boychoir.

Steve holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education, as well as master’s degree in music from Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. He studied conducting with Alan Harler, composition with Richard Broadhead, arranging with Alice Parker, and piano with Alexander Fiorello. In 1998, Temple University awarded him the prestigious Presser Foundation Award, which recognizes “a graduate student who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution in the music world.”

Steve resides in New York City. There, he pursues a career as a writer of musical theatre. His musical Mandela has been presented in New York, Johannesburg and at the Tony-award winning Crossroads Theatre. His family musical Isabelle and the Pretty-Ugly Spell received a rave review from The New York Times and had an extended run in New York after a successful run in Coral Cables, Florida. 

Steve also is a composer of choral music.  Hal Leonard published his song “Even,” a setting of the beloved poem “The Lanyard” by poet laureate Billy Collins. It is part of the Henry Leck Creative Artistry Series.  Colla Voce has published a medley of South African songs arranged by Steve, with the help of his friends in the township of Galashewe outside the city of Kimberley.  It is in Galashewe that Steve offers a summer program for American music educators, allowing them to immerse themselves in the vibrant South African choral tradition.  Past teachers include Lynnel Joy Jenkins.

Composer in Residence

Andrew Bleckner studied composition with George Crumb at the University of Pennsylvania, and received a Ph.D. in composition in 1995. While at Penn, he received the Paul Rochberg Fellowship, and the Helen L. Weiss Prize for Vocal Music. He currently serves as Resident Composer for the Singing City in the Schools.

Recently, Bleckner was featured on NPR’s Sacred Classics program as a member of the next generation of exciting new composers. His music is available form Boosey & Hawkes, Alliance Music, and Transcontinental Music Publications.

Mr. Bleckner has received composition awards, grants, and fellowships from ASCAP, the Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, the American Composers Forum, the University of Pennsylvania, and the MacDowell Colony. He has received commissions from the Westminster Choir College, the Dale Warland Singers (1999 Choral Ventures Program), the Virginia Beach Symphony Orchestra, Bryn Mawr Presbyterian Church (Pennsylvania), Virginia Wesleyan University, and Voces Novae et Antiquae. His music has been performed at conventions and schools throughout the U.S., as well as by ensembles including the American Composers Orchestra (1996 Whitacre Reading Session), the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, and the Zamir Chorale. Recently, he has been a finalist in the 2005 Vocal Essence composition contest, the 2004 Meistersingers Composition Contest, and the 2004 Vanguard Premieres Composition Contest. His setting Psalm 42 is included on the recent release of the Atlanta Singers new CD: Deep River: A Program of American Music.

Singing City in the Schools Workshop Director

Originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, soprano Katy Gentry completed her undergraduate studies at Haverford College in 2005 with a major in Music and a minor in Education. Haverford College awarded a year-long fellowship to work at the Village of Arts and Humanities in North Philadelphia. She worked with the Arts and Education Program and helped run the after-school arts program that provided classes in video, spoken word, dance, and visual arts to local teenagers.

In 2009 at Temple University, Katy completed her M.M. in Voice Performance as well as a Professional Studies Certificate under the instruction of Dr. Christine Anderson. While at Temple, Katy produced, directed, and sang the title role in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah and performed the roles of the Countess in The Marriage of Figaro, Mrs. Gobineau in The Medium, Semele in Cavalli's L'Egisto, and La Bergere in L'Enfant et les sortileges. Other favorite roles include Mimi (La Bohème), Suor Angelica (Suor Angelica), Donna Elvira (Don Giovanni), Micaëla (Carmen), and Laetitia (The Old Maid and the Thief). In 2010, Katy also co-founded Poor Richard's Opera, one of Philadelphia's newest chamber opera companies. 

Having grown up singing with the internationally-renowned Piedmont Children's Choir, Katy continues to love working and singing with choirs. She returned to the Piedmont Choirs for the several summers to work at their summer camp, teaching music theory and voice to the young singers. Katy also sings and works with the choirs at the Church of the Redeemer in Bryn Mawr, where she is the soprano section leader and director of the Cherub Choir.