Mr. Funfgeld led The Choir on two major concert tours, to Germany in 1995 including the Herkulessaal at Munich's Royal Residence and the Thomaskirche, Bach's church in Leipzig and to the United Kingdom in 2003 including a performance for the BBC Proms in London's Royal Albert Hall. He also directed The Choir's Centennial performances at the Kennedy Center and Carnegie Hall in 1999-2000. In 2011, Mr. Funfgeld directed The Choir in performances at Saint Paul's Chapel and Trinity Church, Wall Street as part of a series of concerts entitled Remember to Love, presented in observance of the 10th Anniversary of 9/11. Commissioned works during Mr. Funfgeld's tenure have included Libby Larsen's Cantata I It Am – The Shewings of Julian of Norwich, co-commissioned with the BBC Proms and Stephen Paulus' A Dream of Time, commissioned in honor of Funfgeld's 25th anniversary with The Bach Choir and included in the Songs of Hope recording for Analekta in 2011. Under Mr. Funfgeld's leadership, The Choir has released 12 recordings, most recently the Saint John Passion on the Analekta label (2012), and co-produced two films—the PBS documentary, Make a Joyful Noise, and the internationally distributed Classical Kids' DVD, Mr. Bach Comes to Call.
Mr. Funfgeld is the architect and director of the Choir's outstanding educational outreach programs, including Bach to School, Bach at Noon and the annual interdisciplinary Family Concert. These programs were awarded a National Endowment for the Arts grant in 2011-12 and 2012-13 and an international award from the J.S. Bach Foundation, Switzerland in 2012. Mr. Funfgeld is a member of the advisory board of The American Bach Society. He also serves as the director of music at First Presbyterian Church of Bethlehem. He is a 1976 graduate of Westminster Choir College, where he studied under Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. In 1986, he received the Alumni Merit Award for excellence in musical performance. In 2007, Mr. Funfgeld was awarded an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Lehigh University in recognition of his musical accomplishments locally, nationally, and internationally.
G. Beckwith, Ph. D
Dr. David G. Beckwith became President of the Bach Choir of Bethlehem in July 2004. He has been a member of the Board of Managers since 1981 and a Vice-President since 1994. He was also a singer in The Choir from 1976-2000 and was featured as a soloist, playing the roles of Pilate and Judas, in several performances of the Saint John and Saint Matthew Passions between 1984 and 1999. Dr. Beckwith was President and CEO of Health Network Laboratories until his retirement in 2012. He received his doctoral degree in comparative virology from Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA. He is board certified in Medical and Public Health Microbiology by the American Board of Medical Microbiology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology. In 1997, Dr. Beckwith was named one of the most interesting laboratory innovators by The Dark Report. Dr. Beckwith served as Director of Clinical Microbiology at St. Lukes Hospital in Bethlehem, PA for 15 years before becoming Clinical Director of Laboratories at Lehigh Valley Hospital in Allentown, PA. In 1994, he was named Vice President of Operations at that hospital with responsibility for the professional clinical services. In 1998, Health Network Laboratories was established as a for-profit Pennsylvania Limited Partnership with Dr. Beckwith as President, CEO and Clinical Director. Dr. Beckwith is Chairman of the Board of Health in Bethlehem, PA..
Born in England and educated at Oxford University, with a BA in Philosophy and Psychology, Ms. George sang with Oxford's Schola Cantorum under Andrew Parrot. She also has a Diploma of Education from Goldsmiths College, London and was a teacher at Coburg Primary School, London, specializing in music and drama education. Since moving to Bethlehem in 1976, Ms. George has worked full-time in the field of arts administration. She co-founded Touchstone Theatre in 1981 and was the company's Producing Director from 1990-95. Her accomplishments at Touchstone included producing Theatre of Creation, an international festival celebrating the work of Jacques Lecoq; co-producing a play with Chile's Teatro la Memoria that toured in New York, Baltimore, and Santiago; and two successful capital campaigns. Ms. George has served on panels for the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
Karen Glose, Deputy Executive Director, joined the staff in September, 2001. Her professional experiences include serving as Volunteer Coordinator for Musikfest; Director of Development for The Weller Center for Health Education; Coordinator of Marketing and Special Events for The Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Red Cross and Director of Recruitment and Admissions for the former Allentown Hospital School of Nursing.
A graduate of the University of Delaware with a BA in Communications, she is Director of Music at Assumption B.V.M. Church in Northampton PA, a position she has held for the past 23 years. Karen is a lifelong resident of Bethlehem where she currently lives with her husband Bill and their three sons.
Mary Ellyn Voden, Development Officer
Bonnie Lindsey, Accounting Manager, came to the Bach Choir in April 2008. She brings to the table a professional background while working in the banking, insurance and income tax profession. Her most recent position held was with H&R Block as District Manager of Queens, New York, while overseeing 11 offices. During her 19 year tenure at Block she held various positions, as bookkeeping supervisor, office manager, tax school instructor. She also served as Public Relations Director for the Reading district, winning awards of excellence several years in a row for the region in public speaking. As a representative of H&R Block she served as treasurer for the Hamburg Business Association and as a member of the Kutztown Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Lindsey is also a breast cancer survivor and is currently working with Native American women in support of awareness, early detection and treatment.
In addition to her position at The Choir, Sarah is an active freelance performer and educator in the Lehigh Valley, teaching private oboe lessons through the Moravian College Music Institute. She is also adjunct faculty at Moravian College, teaching courses in music history theory, and is also on the faculty of the University of Phoenix (online campus), where she teaches foundational courses. In addition, Sarah is the director of research for Women’s Philharmonic Advocacy, a non-profit organization founded in 2008 which advocates for the inclusion of work by women composers in symphonic, choral, and chamber music programming. Prior to joining the staff at The Bach Choir, Sarah was Therapeutic Support Staff at KidsPeace, working with children on the Autism Spectrum to develop functional communication and social skills. She currently resides in Bethlehem.
Paul S. Larson, D.M.A., Chief Archivist & Curator, Dr. Paul Larson has worked with The Bach Choir as Manager of Historic Documents since 1986. He was recently promoted to Chief Archivist & Curator to recognize the significant expansion of the work of The Bach Choir Archives. He also serves as Chairman of The Choirs Research and Scholarship Committee. Dr. Larson is a former professor of Music at Moravian College and author of "An American Musical Dynasty a biography of the Wolle Family of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania." Dr. Larson is a graduate of Mansfield University, where he received a B.S. in Music Education. His M.A., also in music education, is from the Eastman School of the University of Rochester and has a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from Temple University. Dr. Larson is Professor emeritus, Moravian College, in Bethlehem Pennsylvania, where he taught music education, non-Western music and music history. A resident of Bethlehem, he continues to be active in local history research and to be involved in area historical societies.
Jane Florenz, Choir Manager
Thomas Goeman, Assistant Conductor, has served as accompanist for The Bach Choir as well as organist for The Bach Choir since 1987. He also works with Greg Funfgeld as Associate Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Bethlehem, PA. He has been a frequent soloist with the American Boychoir and has toured widely throughout the united States, Europe and Russia, including a performances in St. Petersburg, Vienna, Salzburg, Leipzig, Munich, Copenhagen and London. Also in demand as a recording artist, he is organist for Angel, Virgin Classics, Dorian, Warner Brother and Alfred and Harold Flammer Publishing companies. His performances have been broadcast on National Public Radio and on the BBC. He has also accompanied for such notable conductors as Kurt Masur, Riccardo Muti, Andre Previn and Raphael Kubejik. Thomas Goeman holds degrees in church music and organ performance from Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI and Westminster Choir College, Princeton NJ, and has studied accompanying with Martin Katz at The University of Michigan.
Charlotte Mattax, Orchestra Manager, is a member of the Bach Festival Orchestra as harpsichordist and continuo organist and has also served as the orchestras personnel manager since 1997. She first gained critical attention as a top prizewinner in 1980 and 1983 at the International Harpsichord Competitions of Bruges and Paris. Sine that time, she has performed in the United States and Europe, including appearances in London, Geneva, Paris, Amsterdam, Rome and Salzburg. As a chamber music, she has appeared with New Yorks Grande Bande as well as San Franciscos American Baroque, and has toured Europe with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra. Her compact disc recording of solo harpsichord works of J.S. Bach, on the Koch International Classics label, has met with critical acclaim. She has also recorded for Dorian Recordings, Centaur Records, Newport Classic and Amon Ra Records. Ms. Mattax is currently on the faculty of the University of Illinois.
Elizabeth Field, Concert Master of the Bach Festival Orchestra, enjoys an active career as a chamber musician and soloist on both period and modern instruments. She has served as concertmaster for The Bach Choir of Bethlehem since 2001 and has served as a guest concertmaster in the Washington area, including for the Washington Bach Consort, The National Philharmonic, Opera Lafayette, and The Chorale Arts Society. Ms Field founded the period instrument group, the Vivaldi Project in 2007 and along with cellist, Stephanie Vial, directed her first Modern Early Music Institute (Historical Performance Practice for modern players) in June of 2009. She also plays with numerous chamber groups, including Hesperus, Harmonious Blacksmith and the 4 Nations Ensemble as well as with her mixed modern and period instrument chamber group, Arcovoce. A former member of Brandywine Baroque, Ms Field was also a founding member of the Van Swieten Quartet. As a Baroque violinist, she has recorded for Hungaroton, Naxos and the Dorian label.
Ms, Field has a DMA in Historical Performance Practice from Cornell University and is currently working on a collaborative DVD with fortepianist Malcolm Bilson, exploring the Historical performance Practice of 18th-century violin/piano repertoire. As a modern violinist, she performs frequently with the Washington National Opera and with her husband Uri, is a member of the Novella Chamber Players. Ms. Field's modern training was done with Oscar Shumsky and Joseph Silverstein. From 1982-1991, Ms. Field performed and recorded extensively for Deutsche Grammophon with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and also performed with leading New York ensembles such as The St. Lukes Ensemble, The Brooklyn Philharmonic and the New York City Opera. For more info on Ms. Field please see thevivaldiproject.org and elizabethfield.com