Patricia D. Conrad, Artistic Director and Conductor
Patricia D. Conrad, originally from Lansdale, Pennsylvania, earned her Bachelor of Science degree in music education from West Chester University, summa cum laude, in 1989. While at West Chester she performed with several groups, including the West Chester Concert Choir under the direction of Lois Williams, and the West Chester Gilbert and Sullivan Society, where she performed leading roles in their productions of HMS Pinafore and The Mikado. She received the Fritz Kreuger Memorial Voice Scholarship, the Arthur E. Jones Memorial Choral Conducting Scholarship, and was named the Presser Scholar, an honor given to the senior music major with the highest GPA. After teaching elementary music for two years, Ms. Conrad returned to school to earn her Master of Music degree in voice performance from Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University, during which time she received first prize in the National Association of Teachers of Singing state competition, advanced division, and was winner of the North Jersey Symphony Orchestra’s Young Artist Contest. While at Mason Gross, she performed various roles with the Rutgers Opera Company, including Despina in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte and The Princess in Conrad Susa’s Transformations.
For ten years, Ms. Conrad was music director of Christ Presbyterian Church in Martinsville, NJ, where she directed the adult choir and played for services. Upon her move back to Pennsylvania, the members of Christ Church honored her service by commissioning a choral work in her name by composer Joseph M. Martin. In 2006 the piece “Celebrate the Joy” was published by Shawnee Press.
Since 2005, Ms. Conrad has appeared regularly with Vox Ama Deus and Vox Renaissance Consort, groups based in Gladwyne, PA. They perform choral works of the masters at various locations on the Main Line and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. In 2007, she performed the role of Second Woman in their staged production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas at the Kimmel Center, with renowned soprano Julianne Baird in the title role. She can also be heard on the group’s recording of the opera on the Lyrichord label.
Ms. Conrad currently serves as Director of Music Ministry at First United Church of Christ in Quakertown, where she is responsible for the youth vocal and handbell choirs and the adult vocal choir. Under her direction, members of First Church have put on several Broadway reviews, and were invited to perform for the Quakertown Sesquicentennial Celebration in 2005. Ms. Conrad also directs the Festival Choir, a group of church and community members who meet every year to perform for the “Christmas in Quakertown” concert held at First Church. She resides in Pennsburg with her husband Jim and their three sons.
Sarah E. Glazier
Originally from Feasterville, Pennsylvania, Sarah is a graduate of Eastern University where she graduated cum laude in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Music with a vocal concentration and piano minor. While in college she both sang for and accompanied the Eastern University Choir. In addition, she served as the rehearsal accompanist for Eastern’s many musical and theatrical productions. Prior to joining Valley Choral Society, Sarah sang Mezzo-Soprano with the New Jersey based Jubilate Deo Choral and Orchestra. With the chorale she performed as a soloist at the Commerce Bank Performing Arts Center. Additionally, she had the amazing experience of performing at both New York’s Carnegie Hall and Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. Sarah works as a Field Operations Director for Weight Watchers International and resides with her husband, Walt in Red Hill, PA.
Assistant Conductor, accompanist
Drew is Director of Music at Trinity Lutheran Church in Perkasie, PA. He graduated from Lebanon Valley College where he directed the Chapel Choir, and over the four years of his undergraduate study accompanied the College Choir, sang with the Concert Choir, was a member of the Marching Band, served as an entrance audition and jury accompanist, and worked in the Admissions Office. Before Trinity, Drew was Organist at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Lehighton for seven years, and Assistant Organist for five years. At Trinity, Drew oversees the four choirs that make up the Music Department, and also sits on the Worship & Music Committee and Concert Series Committee. Outside of Trinity and the Valley Choral Society, Drew serves on the Executive Board of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Richard F. Lampe
conductor emeritus and founder of the Valley Choral Society, 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.