Meet the Choir Staff

Mr. Andrew J. Nemeth

Andrew J. Nemeth, Director, is currently in his 13th year of teaching. He completed his B.M. degree in Music Education from Butler University (2010). He studied voice with Steven Rickards and Mary Anne Scott, and studied conducting with Henry Leck, Eric Stark, and Tim Brimmer. He earned his M.M. degree in Music Education from Boston University in 2016 where he studied conducting with Ann Howard Jones. Nemeth first taught at Prairie Heights Middle School and Prairie Heights High School in LaGrange, Indiana. Mr. Nemeth began a chamber choir in 2015-2016, Viva Voce, at Penn HS that specializes in the music of living composers. This choir has commissioned several composers since that time, including Daniel Brinsmead (2016), Dan McIntosh (2016), Ben Goshorn-Maroney (2016) , Paul Carey (2017), Ola Gjeilo (2018) , Eric Barnum (2019 & 2023), Sarah Quartel (2020), Kerry Marsh (2021 & 2022), and Sean Ivory (2022).

Mr. Nemeth has been an active member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) since 2010 and regularly attends conferences to learn from master music educators and conductors. Since his time at Penn, his students have received great ratings from clinicians and adjudicators. The Penn Choirs also participate in ISSMA Organizational Contest. Having worked with the Indianapolis Children’s Choir, the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, many middle and high schools, and community choirs, Nemeth has experience in making music with all ages and continues to believe that singing is one of the best ways to shape students for the future. He sings tenor with the South Bend Chamber Singers, and is Music Director at Holy Family Catholic Church in South Bend. He directs Gold Standard, Rhapsody, and Viva Voce.

Mr. Lavon Oke

Lavon Oke, Associate Director, has been teaching in Indiana for more than 30 years. He began as a choral director at Dickinson Middle School and moved to John Adams High School, both in South Bend. After completing a Masters in Conducting from IU Bloomington in 1994, he was hired at Penn High School in the spring of 1995, where he has taught Band, Orchestra, Choir, Recording Arts, and Music Theory. He plays piano and keyboards for his local church and is married with four children. Born and raised in Alberta, Canada, Mr. Oke has conducted professionally in the United States, Canada, and Japan. He directs Bella Voce and Singing Kingsmen.

Mrs. Allison Secaur

Allison Secaur, Assistant Director & Accompanist. This is Allison Secaur's 17th year in the PHM School Corporation. She has been both a director and an accompanist for the choirs at Schmucker Middle School and Penn High School. Mrs. Secaur has also played for 10 Penn musicals and many contest solos and ensembles. Her experiences outside of PHM include touring with the Ball State Chamber Choir in the Pacific Northwest and the St. Mary’s Women’s Choir in China, accompanying the LaPorte High School Choirs, directing the Mississinewa High School and R.J. Baskett Middle School Choirs, coordinating the Circle the State with Song middle school festivals at Goshen College, and accompanying under the direction of Dr. Nancy Menk at Carnegie Hall. Mrs. Secaur currently serves on the music team at her church alongside her husband of 19 years, Kenny.