Associate Professor of Choral Music at Bloomsburg University since 1997, Alan Baker also serves
as Director of Music for the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomsburg. In 1994, he co-founded The
Lyric Consort, with which he both performs and serves as artistic director; and in 1999, Dr. Baker
was appointed as the first Artistic Director for the new Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania,
where he oversees a comprehensive community choral program for children through adults, and conducts
the organization's flagship ensemble, The Symphonic Chorus. From 1994-1998, Dr. Baker served on
the faculty and coordinated the choral/vocal programs of the Encore Music Camp of Pennsylvania,
and held the position of Artistic Director with The Wyoming Valley Children's Chorus. In the summer of
1999, he undertook similar responsibilities with the Young Artists' Program at Wyoming Seminary.
A native of Springfield, Missouri; Dr. Baker holds advanced degrees from Temple and Stanford
Universities, and has taught on the faculties of Temple University, California State University-Chico,
Glassboro State College, and Wilkes University, where as Director of Choral and Vocal Program
from 1993-1997, he founded the University's Opera Workshop and was honored in 1996 with an
"Outstanding Faculty" designation from the School of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. In 2002,
he was similarly honored with the "Dean's Salute to Excellence" from Bloomsburg University's
College of Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Baker is a former president of the Pennsylvania Collegiate Choral Association, and has
recorded for Lyrichord Records with the studio ensemble, Schola Discantus, for Stanford
University Recordings, and most recently with The Lyric Consort for WVIA and Lyric Discs.
He has conducted high-school and middle-school honor choruses throughout northeastern
Pennsylvania, and as a pedagogue, his students have been selected to national honor
choruses and conducting competitions, as well as the country's most prestigious
A summa cum laude graduate of Wilkes University with degrees in Music Education
and English Education, Susan Kelly recently completed graduate studies in Choral
Conducting and Vocal Performance at Temple University, where she was a recipient
of a full teaching assistantship in the Aural Theory department. She is the director
of the Kantorei and Cantare Choirs of the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania as
well as the Director of the Children's and Youth Program, director of adult and teen
choirs at the First Presbyterian Church of Clarks Summit, a voice teacher with the
Wilkes University Community Conservatory, a faculty member of the Performing Arts
Institute at Wyoming Seminary, and a teacher at the Mid-Valley School District's
Leslie Mason Moran is a magna cum laude graduate of the Hartt School of Music
where she obtained certification in the Kodaly method of music instruction.
Mrs. Moran is employed by the Mid-Valley School District, as a band and choral
director for the elementary center, and is the soprano soloist for St. Luke's Episcopal
Church of Scranton. A voice teacher for the Wilkes University Community Conservatory
and the Marywood University School of Continuing Education, Ms. Moran is also a
voice/choral faculty member of the Performing Arts Institute at Wyoming Seminary.
Francis McMullen is currently the bass soloist for St. Luke's Episcopal Church of
Scranton, and a section leader for the Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania's
Symphonic Chorus, with whom he frequently appears in the role of soloist. An Technical
Director at the F. M. Kirby Center for the Performing Arts in Wilkes-Barre, Mr. McMullen
is also frequently heard in stage productions throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. He recently
performed as bass soloist during the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic's performance of,
Christopher Gallo is currently an instructor in vocal, general, and instrumental
music for the Wayne Highlands School System. He is a frequent soloist with both the
Choral Society of Northeast Pennsylvania and the Robert Dale Chorale.
Lisa Cardoni is a graduate of Coughlin High School in Wilkes-Barre
(where she also learned a Lyric Consort favorite, John Clement's "Flower of Beauty")
and attended College Misericordia, earning an Associate Degree in Applied Science.
She sings in the choir and does solo work at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, has been
a long-time member of The Choral Society of NEPA's Symphonic Chorus and Choral Artists
Ensemble, and joined The Lyric Consort "officially" in 2009. She is also a big
sports fan (can you say New York Giants?) and loves to read science fiction.
Dr. Steven Thomas received a Bachelor of Arts degree in music from Harvard University and his
DMA in choral conducting from Yale University. Dr. Thomas has prepared choruses for performances
with Dave Brubeck, Kenny Rogers, Joel Cohen, the Boston Camerata, and the Hartford Symphony.
He spent five summers teaching contemporary choral music to gifted high school students at
the Governor's School of North Carolina and has taught and guest conducted the choirs at
the Performing Arts Institute of Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, Pennsylvania. He was recently
appointed to the position of artistic director and tenor of the northeastern Pennsylvania choral
ensemble, the Robert Dale Chorale.
Dr. Thomas has taught at the University of Bridgeport, directed the Harmonia Choral Society of
Cheshire, Connecticut, and was music director of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus. Dr.
Thomas is currently Director of Choral Activities at Wilkes University, and serves as musical
director for the department's music theatre productions. He teaches courses in choral
music education, conducting and music history, and is coordinator of the university's
New and Unusual Arts series.