Phil Jones

PHIL J. I don’t sing because I’m happy…I’m happy because I sing. February 13, 2011 There’s an old New Yorker cartoon showing a bird on a branch; it’s saying, “I don’t sing because I’m happy; I’m happy because I sing.” I joined Mendelssohn Club when I first moved to Philadelphia and knew very few people; […]

Jen Hayman

JENNIFER HAYMAN Oh My Lord Didn’t It Rain! February 8, 2011 Spending time with a chorus chock full of lingering coughs and sniffles on a rainy night in February may not be everyone’s cup of tea, especially if you still have a two-hour commute ahead of you.  But Rollo Dillworth seemed not to mind.  In […]

Janelle McCoy, Executive Director Janelle McCoy was appointed Executive Director in 2010, lending her extensive experience in for-profit, social service, cultural, and performing arts organizational revisioning. Of particular note are the various leadership roles she has taken within many community coalitions; the outreach roles performed on behalf of foundations looking to educate their grantees; and the many awards she has received for leadership, performance and artistic vision. Ms. McCoy also enjoyed a distinguished solo classical career, performing with world-class orchestras and artists, such as the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; conductors Robert Spano, Donald Runnicles and the late Robert Shaw; bass James Morris; sopranos, Dawn Upshaw and Christine Brewer; cellist Andrés Diaz; members of the American String Quartet. She also collaborated with world-renown classical guitarist Joel Brown on works of de Falla. Performances by Ms. McCoy have been broadcast nationally on NPR’s Performance Today. Ms. McCoy graduated from Georgia State University, magna cum laude.

JANELLE MCCOY In the Presence of a Master February 7, 2011 One of the many joys of commissioning a composer is the collaboration that unfolds among performer(s), composer and organization.  Few better examples exist than our experience working with Composer/Conductor/Singer/Pianist Rollo Dilworth.  Is there anything he can’t do?  We’ve had the distinct pleasure of having […]

Bill Horan

BILL HORAN A change-up in choral rehearsing (with a little ethnomusicology to taste) February 7, 2011 It’s amazing the opportunities one gets when performing in choirs. For a lot of choirs like Mendelssohn Club, it’s mainly the standard ensemble-on-the-risers performing. And, every once in a while, some choreography gets mixed in (see David Lang’s “Battle […]

Music has always been a part of my life. “You will never be alone in your life when you have music as your best friend.” my mom told me when I was little. When I was growing up piano made the greater part of my musical experience and singing only began to grow after I left China to continue my University studies in Europe. First there were two different school choruses in Sweden. Then the International Festival Chorus (IFC) and the BG chorus in China. These seven years of part time singing made chorus singing an indivisible part of my life. Before I moved to Philadelphia, I was asking everyone I knew about recommendations for local chorus I could join. The Mendelssohn club caught my eye when I read Alan’s vision: Pairing performances of great masterworks with considerable innovative programming. That is exactly what I wanted. Love brought me to Philadelphia! I first met my husband Richard when I was visiting Philadelphia four years ago and since then love keeps me coming back. This April I successfully made the transfer to work in Philadelphia, and now we are building our home together. I work as an employer branding consultant at Universum Communications, a company headquartered in Sweden which has been the market leader in the field of employer branding for the past twenty years. I am passionate about helping companies to improve their communication to their current and future employees. My professional world and singing world co-exist very well together. Music brings me friends, from both worlds.

SARA GAO Being Away November 19, 2010 A 2.5 hours flight delay gives me some time for writing. Work has been overwhelming after Brahms concert. Every week starts with meetings at Philadelphia head office on Monday, flying out to different locations across the country on Tuesday, visiting clients one after another and flying back home […]

Dan Simpson

DAN SIMPSON Flavors of Intimacy November 5, 2010 Intimacy comes in an almost infinite number of flavors. For lack of better classification, let’s divide those flavors into two major categories: the mediated and the unmediated. You can get mediated intimacy through art, for example, through singing or listening to music, through reading. You could then […]

Rex, the Maestro's Canine Muse. You didn't think that he came up with all those fantastic programming ideas by himself, did you? Behind every great conductor is... well, besides the audience... is his dog.

REX Maestro retired – he’s all in my business now October 19, 2010 Life used to be predictable.  Wake up with the Maestro before dawn.  Go for walk.  Maestro goes to gym.  Maestro comes back and takes shower.  Maestro gets ready for Temple U.  Go for walk again.  Maestro leaves for many hours.  I’m blissfully […]

I am Karen Campbell Beebe. I live in central Bucks County with my husband, Charley, my sixteen year old son, Ryan, and a wide assortment of cats. Ryan is beginning what I hope will be a life-long love of choral music in the CB East HS Choirs. Professionally, I see myself as an educator. I have taught 4th grade, 3rd grade, general elementary music, preschool, preschool music, and even gym classes! I’ve tutored math and reading. Currently, I’m teaching music history, music education, and a few voice lessons at Bucks County Community College. I teach voice lessons in my home and am a member of NATS. I have a bachelor’s degree in music education from Temple and a master’s degree in elementary education from Chestnut Hill College. I’ve sung for most of my life, and have been studying singing for over 20 years. I began serious study with Elizabeth Baker of Doylestown, and continued with Florence Berggren of Phila. I worked with Miss Berggren for almost 20 years, and during that time, coached for a period of time with Martin Rich of NYC. Today I am fortunate to study with Dr. Lorine Buffington, retired from the University of Miami. I’ve sung professionally with a number of church choirs in the area, including St. Mark’s Episcopal, Locust St, Phila; First Presbyterian, Walnut St, Phila; St. Paul’s Episcopal. Elkins Park; and St. Paul’s Episcopal, Doylestown. I have also sung with Temple choral conducting alums Rob Ross and Larry Baker in professional chamber ensembles, in addition to being a “ringer” for friends and colleagues.

KAREN BEBEE Transition from Beethoven to Brahms October 18, 2010 Singing Beethoven’s 9th sure does wake a person up! I was SSOO tired during Saturday’s orchestra rehearsal with the Kennett Symphony, I didn’t know how I would get through the night’s performance. Maybe it was the adrenaline, but the evening’s performance turned out pretty well. […]

I grew up in Madison, WI and went to college in Bloomington-Normal, IL at Illinois Wesleyan University. (Mr. Harler's alma mater!) I earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from this school and then earned my Master's degree in vocal performance at Temple University. I'm currently working on a professional studies diploma at Temple and will be done in May 2011. I have been performing in choirs since 5th grade and have toured internationally with many school choirs. I wanted to be a veterinarian until sophomore year of high school, but decided to continue with music as it had really started taking over my life. I became involved in numerous vocal and orchestral activities and decided I wanted to devote as much time to music as possible. Some of my favorite performances have been on choir tours, singing in cathedrals throughout Europe, singing Countess Almaviva with Lyric Opera Studio Weimar a couple summers ago in Germany, and singing with Temple Concert Choir at the Kimmel Center.

  ERIN SWANSON Our Requiem Soprano October 14, 2010 Erin Swanson, our soprano soloist for the Brahms Requiem, shared her thoughts with us as she is working towards our October 24th BIG SING//Brahms concert. –Janelle McCoy   Is this your first time performing the Requiem as a soloist? I have never sung the Requiem solo […]

Hello audience! I’m Bryan Hoyos, one of the tenor core singers for The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia. I currently reside in Philadelphia where I also sing for the Philadelphia Singers, St. George’s Episcopal Church in Ardmore, the NYC based group Pacific Encore Performances. Currently, I study voice with the wonderful Guy Rothfuss; an adjunct voice teacher at Westminster Choir College, which is also my alma-mater. Highlights of my young career include a six-country tour of Europe and over 50 performances with major orchestras such as the New York Philharmonic, Dresdin Philharmonic, Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Philadelphia Orchestra, and the Cleveland Symphony Orchestra in venues including Carnegie Hall, Avery Fisher Hall, The Apollo Theater, St Patrick’s Cathedral, St. John’s Cathedral, Riverside Church (NYC), NJPAC’s Prudential Hall, Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall, Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, and St. Marks Cathedral in Venice. Although my first love was and always will be singing in a choir, I am currently persuing an operatic solo career. I perform regular recitals, sing freelance as a soloist, and recently made my solo debut at Carnegie Hall. I also have a small, yet growing, vocal studio.

BRIAN HOYOS Performance Season At Its Fullest… October 13, 2010 I can’t believe our first concert is this Saturday! Seems like yesterday I was running around Saratoga trying to find a black suit jacket, then being mesmerized by the baton of Maestro Dutoit. I’ve sang the 9th over 15 times with different orchestras but none […]