Andrew Lutz-Long, Artistic Director and Conductor
Andrew Lutz-Long is Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA since July 2007. He arrived at Trinity after graduating from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in church music and administration. While at LVC, Drew reorganized and directed a Chapel Choir that sang at traditional Chapel services and appeared in local tours in the region. He also served as a drum major to the Lebanon Valley College Marching Band in 2005.
At Trinity, Drew oversees the choir programs for each age level, directs the hand-bell choir, and oversees the Trinity Concert Series, a music outreach of the congregation. The Trinity Chancel Choir regularly leads worship during the program year, and the additional groups participate on a rotating schedule. The youngest choir program was recently shifted to include all students participating in the Sunday School program. The full-time staff of Trinity also offer monthly “chapel time” programs for the 100 children cared for as part of the TLC Child Care Center, housed in Trinity’s walls year-round, caring for children from infancy through kindergarten.
In 2009, Drew was invited to join the staff of the Valley Choral Society, Pennsburg, PA, as Assistant Director and serve as an accompanist. He served this role working with Patricia Conrad as Artistic Director until the summer of 2018 when Drew was offered the directorship.
Since fall of 2015, Drew serves as Chapel Organist at Muhlenberg College in Egner Chapel. In this role, he helps plan worship for the Christian community gathering weekly on Sundays, and assists at other special campus events especially concerts involving organ accompaniment. Drew is also a part of the Worship Team for the Southeastern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, helping to plan specific worship events in the Synod as well as playing piano and organ during those services.
Mary Beth Penjuke, Assistant Director
Mary Beth Penjuke holds a Masters degree in Education from Cabrini University, a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, and a Level 1 Orff Teaching certificate from the University of the Arts. She is a music teacher for the Pennridge Area School District where the music staff has been recognized as a “best community for music education” for three consecutive years by NAMM, a national music organization. Since 2008, she has taught instrumental, vocal, and general music classes to students in grades K-8 at various elementary and middle schools in the district. In addition to her teaching duties, she has directed the elementary honors band, initiated a summer band program, and is a 2018 recipient of a Pennridge Community Education Foundation grant.
Penjuke is a member of the Dutch Country Players (DCP) in Montgomery County where she was last seen as Joy, the lead in the regional premiere of Sean Grennan’s “The Tin Woman.” Other prominent roles include Janet McKenzie in “Witness for the Prosecution” and Joan Daly in “The Snowball.” At DCP she has served as an assistant director and a vocal coach for various Family Theatre productions including “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” For the last three summers, she has served as a co-director for Camp Bravo at the Doylestown Conservatory of Music, directing, choreographing and staging “Aladdin Jr”, “Suessical the Musical Jr” and “Broadway Now.”
Sue Ellen Echard, Accompanist
Sue Ellen is Choir Master and Organist at Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, Harleysville, PA serving there for 17 years. Over her career, she has worked as a choral director, workshop leader, Kindermusik® teacher, recitalist and teacher of organ and piano. She has been a member of the Philadelphia AGO for over 30 years and was recently elected to the executive committee of the Philadelphia Chapter. She specializes in choir and community building. In recent years, Sue Ellen led choral residencies at Bristol Winchester and Lincoln Cathedrals in England and is currently preparing for a residency at Exeter in 2022. Sue Ellen has served on the music staff of Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and the Royal School of Church Music at the King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre. She holds a Bachelor of Science in theology and Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Cairn University and a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Westminster Choir College where she studied organ and choral conducting. She completed further studies in choral conducting at the Choral Institute at Oxford in 2017 and 2019.
Richard F. Lampe, Conductor Emeritus and Founder of the Valley Choral Society
Dick is a native of New Castle, Pennsylvania. He received his initial musical training at The Mercersburg Academy. In 1966 he received his Bachelor of Music Degree from Grove City College where he studied voice and choral conducting with the late Oscar Cooper. Mr. Lampe earned the Master of Music, in History and Literature, from Temple University in 1974. Additional studies have been at West Chester University, Penn State University, with the late Dr. Paul Christiansen formerly of Concordia College and the late Richard Hoffland of Millikin University. Mr. Lampe began teaching in the New Castle, PA School District in 1966. Not long after accepting that position, he was approached by the Upper Perkiomen School District, to “come East and build a program of your own.” In 1967 Mr. Lampe and his wife Barbara moved to East Greenville and he became Director of Vocal Music for the Upper Perkiomen School District. For the next 32 years at Upper Perk, he taught Voice, Music Appreciation, 8th grade General Music and directed the award-winning choirs of Upper Perkiomen High School.
In 1977 Mr. Lampe founded the Allentown College Chorale, at Allentown College, now DeSales University. He also served as music director for numerous musicals while at Allentown and served in the same capacity at Lehigh University and for the Upper Perkiomen School District. In 1983, Mr. Lampe founded the Choral Arts Society of the Upper Perkiomen Valley, (now Valley Choral Society) a community choir dedicated to the performance of quality choral literature of all styles and periods.
For many years Lampe was an active member of the ACDA (American Choral Directors Association) and served that organization as State Chairman of the High School Standards and Repertoire committee and editor of the PA-ACDA newsletter. He was elected to Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers for five consecutive years and is listed in Who’s Who In The East. Presently he is Director of Marketing and Distribution for Weyerbacher Brewing Company, Easton and is a Partner in StandingStone Media, a web design and development firm.