Pennsbury Community Chorus

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED IN AUDITIONING FOR THE PENNSBURY COMMUNITY CHORUS OR WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ABOUT OUR CONCERTS, PLEASE CONTACT US AT PCCArtisticDirector@gmail.com

Spring Semester 2023

A Night of Rodgers and Hammerstein

featuring songs from

The Sound of Music

The King and I

Oklahoma

and more!

First Rehearsal is Monday February 27th at 7:30pm in Keller Hall at PHS West

Concert - Friday June 9th at 7:30pm in Keller Hall

featuring solo artists

Ian and Sally Graham Bethmann


PCC at the Big Sing!

Princeton University Chapel

Wednesday, April 26th, 7pm



Click the link below to enjoy the

recording of our Winter Concert

23rd Annual Winter Concert

featuring James Whitbourn's Missa Carolae

and

Daniel Pinkham's Christmas Cantata

Lindsey Strauss, Artistic Director and Conductor of the Pennsbury Community Chorus since 2019.

Lindsey graduated from Pennsbury High School in 2001 and earned a B.S. in Music Education, a B.A. in Vocal Performance from Lebanon Valley College, and a master's degree in Choral Education from Virginia Commonwealth University. She also served as Choral Director and Music Theory Teacher at North Stafford High School in Stafford, Virginia from 2005-2014. She was honored to be named "Teacher of the Year" in 2010.

Lindsey is currently serving as a Choral Director at Pennsbury High School where she directs several choirs and is the Music Director for the Annual Spring Musical Production. She resides in Yardley, PA with her two sons Benjamin and Jackson.


Josh Suslak, Accompanist

Josh joined the Pennsbury Choral staff in 2020 as Accompanist and Vocal Teacher. He graduated from the Eastman School of Music and University of Rochester with degrees in Music Education and Brain and Cognitive Sciences. Outside of school, Josh is the organist at the Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville as well as a freelance pianist and accompanist across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York. Prior to joining Pennsbury, he was the Singer Musicianship Coordinator and Accompanist for the Commonwealth Youthchoirs, he has served as a Staff Pianist at Westminster Choir College, Rider University, and Rowan University, and he was the accompanist for the American Boychoir School. His work has taken him on international tours to China, Scotland, Austria, Italy, Germany, Lithuania, Russia, Poland, and Slovenia. Apart from his main concentration in classical piano, Joshua enjoys playing jazz, rock, pop, and musical theater music.


As a concert pianist, Joshua has played at many prestigious music halls such as Weill Recital Hall in Carnegie Hall and Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. He has performed several piano concertos with orchestras, including the Grieg Piano Concerto and the Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto #2. He has had notable master teachers such as Barry Snyder at Eastman and Rita Shklar at Westminster Conservatory. Josh has won numerous awards, including 1st places at the Bart Pitman Memorial Scholarship, Marian Garcia International Piano Competition, Princeton Music Club, Princeton Music Festival, Golden Key, and American Fine Arts. He was a finalist in the Eastman International Piano Competition.



The Pennsbury Community Chorus has entertained Bucks County audiences for 20 years, while providing a joyful music-performance experience for its members. PCC was founded in September 2000 by James Moyer and John McDonnell to provide a forum for talented singers in the Lower Bucks County communities. Currently, Lindsey Strauss serves as Artistic Director of the ensemble with Joshua Suslak as accompanist.

The group typically comprises 75-100 area residents, including students of the Pennsbury School District, graduates, teachers, parents, staff and friends of the Pennsbury Community. Performances include a variety of choral repertoire and literature, often with guest soloists and orchestras. Recent works have included the Requiems of Mozart , Faure, and Jenkins, Orff's Carmina Burana, Handel’s Messiah, and Hughes’ Dewi Sant, with performances for “Distinguished Concerts International New York” (DCINY) at the Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall.

The Pennsbury Community Chorus Mission Statement

The mission of the Pennsbury Community Chorus is to provide outstanding performances of choral music of the highest quality, while enriching the community through choral music experiences.

The Pennsbury Community Chorus seeks to fulfill this mission in the following ways:

  1. As a select amatuer choral ensemble, the chorus works to the highest standards of artistic expression, while providing an important creative outlet for community singers from all areas of Bucks County and surrounding counties.

  2. The chorus presents an annual series of at least two concerts in broadly accessible venues, always in Bucks County and occasionally outside the county.

  3. The chorus supports the creative environment of our community by working with local and international composers through performances and commissions.

  4. The chorus works closely in conjunction with the Choral Music Department of Pennsbury High School, and seeks to support outstanding young high school musicians through performances, scholarships, study and musical support.

  5. The chorus reaches out to our significant population of seniors, especially those for whom singing or listening to choral music might otherwise be inaccessible, through attending or participating in our concerts.

The Pennsbury Community Chorus is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit, charitable organization. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free, within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999. Registration does not imply endorsement.

The Pennsbury Community Chorus admits people of any race, color, national, and ethnic origin and to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to the members of the Chorus. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national, or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, or other programs.