Mark has been conducting the Ambler Choral Society since 1984. In previous summers, he has taken a large number of Choral Society singers to perform at international choral festivals. The group has performed in Innsbruck, Ireland, Austria, Lincoln, England, commemorated the 60th anniversary of D-Day by performing in Normandy and Paris. The ACS singers celebrated Mozart’s 250th anniversary in Salzburg and Vienna. Mark and the ACS singers also sang in Switzerland and in Italy, including the Vatican.
Mark has taught at Chestnut Hill Academy, is Director of Music at the Unitarian Society of Germantown since 1983, and serves as keyboardist and musical director at Old York Road Temple Beth Am in Abington. Mark is also the concert accompanist for the Orpheus Club of Philadelphia, the oldest men’s singing group in the U. S., and he made his conducting debut at the Academy of Music with them in 1994.
Mark earned his Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music where he received the Elaine Brown Tribute Award. An honors graduate of the Eastman School of Music, Mark is listed in the recent edition of “Who’s Who in America.”
Roland Woehr is on the faculty of Spring-side Chestnut Hill School. His Hilltones and Chamber Singers groups have collaborated with Frederica von Stade as part of Springside School’s Illuminating Women series in 2005 and have gone on to win “first place” at Florida All Star Music Festivals. Roland co-directs the CHA Boychoir, Grade 8 Handbell Choir, teaches 7th Grade Music Theory, and is an upper school academic advisor. Roland was the second CHA educator to be honored with the E. Perot Walker Prize for Teaching Excellence in 1997. He holds a B. Mus. Ed. degree in Piano (summa cum laude) and a M. Mus. degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University, having studied with George Sementovsky and Alan Harler. Roland serves as Choirmaster and Organist at The Memorial Church of the Good Shepherd (Episcopal), as Music Director at Reform Congregation Beth Or, and as pianist for The Ambler Choral Society. As a composer, Roland’s recent commissions include contributions to Psalms for Singing , choral and piano music for the documentary film Yachdav, and a piece for The Kardon Chorale honoring Christoph Eschenbach (“You Get Proud by Practicing”). Part of his Requiem Mass in B flat minor was performed by the All City High School Choir at Verizon Hall in 2007, and the complete mass was sung by the choirs of The Philadelphia High School for the Creative and Performing Arts this past May. Roland is a member of the Pennsylvania Music Educators’ Association (MENC) and The Guild of Temple Musicians. He is a life-long Philadelphian, a member of the 235th Class of The Central High School of Philadelphia and an honorary member of the Chestnut Hill Academy Class of 2007.