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Daniel Barta
Dr. Daniel Barta is Associate Professor and Director of Theory and Composition at Roberts Wesleyan College. For fourteen years, he served as Chair of Music Theory and Composition at Philadelphia Biblical University. Dr. Barta holds the DMA, M.Mus. and B.Mus. from Temple University, where he studied with Clifford Taylor, Maurice Wright and Matthew Greenbaum. His commissions include works that range from solo voice to large instrumental ensemble. He particularly enjoys collaborating with artists of other disciplines. His setting of three Hans Christian Andersen stories for chamber ensemble and narration were performed with storyteller Roger Petersen at the International Hans Christian Andersen Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah. Recently, Emily Britton premiered his new work for horn and piano, As the Sparks Fly Upward, at the Eastman School of Music. Two of his works for keyboard, Suite for Piano and Toccata Joyeuse (for organ), have been released on the DTR label. A Hymn Sing: Five Sacred Songs for violinist David Kim and Variations of All Creatures of Our God and King for duo pianists Paul Jones and Samuel Hsu have been recorded and released by Paul Jones Music, Inc. Dr. Barta is published by Concordia and Choristers Guild. He and his wife, Peggy, reside with their two children in Rochester, NY.

Roy Brunner
Dr. Roy W. Brunner is Organist of historic Park Street Church (Congregational) on the Boston Common and recently retired as Professor of Music at Gordon College, Wenham, MA. Dr. Brunner received degrees at Houghton College (B.M.), the University of Nebraska (M.M.) and Combs College of Music (D.M.A.). Prior to teaching at Gordon, he taught for five years at Grace University, Omaha, NE and 18 years at Philadelphia Biblical University, Langhorne, PA. He held his first church organist post at the age of 12 and subsequent positions as Organist/Director in United Methodist, Lutheran, Baptist, Presbyterian and Congregational churches. His numerous collections of organ music have been published by H. W. Gray (a division of Warner Bros. Publications), Beckenhorst Press, Lillenas, and FJH Music Co. Dr. Brunner is married to Norma (Udd) Brunner who also teaches music at Gordon College and together they have two married sons, Joel and Jason. His hobbies include gardening, amateur photography and Boston Terriers.

Robert Carwithen
Robert Carwithen has had multiple careers as an organist, choral conductor, carillonneur, church musician, composer/arranger and performer. His undergraduate study was with Alexander McCurdy at The Curtis Institute of Music after which he received the M. Mus. in conducting at Westminster Choir College. Other eminent teachers have included Mme. Madaleine Duruflé-Chevalier, Xavier Darasse, Virgil Fox, Vladimir Sokoloff, and André Isoir. Carwithen taught on the faculty of Westminster for more than 45 years and later at Philadelphia Biblical University. While at Westminster, he served as conductor of the world-renowned Symphonic Choir (1966-71) preparing the choir for Stokowski, Bernstein, and Ormandy among others. As Professor of Music he taught organ and courses in theory, improvisation, French Romantic and French Classic organ literature. As a church musician he held posts at First Presbyterian, Germantown (1960-86), Wayne Presbyterian, Wayne (1986-88), First Presbyterian, Philadelphia (1988-90) and Tenth Presbyterian, Philadelphia (1990-97). For three years he was the Wanamaker organist (Philadelphia, 1962-65), and was Music Editor of The Worshipbook Hymnal for the Presbyterian Church (USA) 1972. Carwithen has been Music Director and recording artist for Schulmerich Carillons and was the carillonneur for the World's Fair three times-in Brussels, Seattle, and New York. He has served as accompanist for various groups performing in the Academy of Music, Philadelphia, and at Lincoln Center, Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall, New York City.

Adam Dieffenbach 
Adam Dieffenbach holds degrees in Music Composition from Philadelphia Biblical University and Temple University's Esther Boyer College of Music and Dance. His principal teachers include Matthew Greenbaum, Richard Brodhead, and Daniel Barta. Dieffenbach is also an active organist. He has also served as Chapel Organist at St. Cornelius the Centurion at Valley Forge Military Academy, a trumpeter in the 553rd Air Force Band (PA Air National Guard), and as a Chorister at Tenth Presbyterian Church. He is an organ student of Robert Carwithen and has also studied with Christopher Garven. For samples of his work and more information, see his website: http://www.societyofcomposers.org/user/adamf.dieffenbach.html.

Dr. Paul S. Jones

Paul S. Jones, D. M. Born in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, Dr. Jones' earliest musical training began at the age of five in Toronto's Royal Conservatory program. He holds undergraduate degrees in music (performance and composition) and in Bible/theology, the master's degree in piano performance from Indiana University and the Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University in choral conducting. He is the author of two books on church music and has recorded 10 CDs as pianist, organist, composer/arranger, or conductor. He has composed more than 200 sacred works, including 70+ hymn tunes.

Dr. Jones served as Organist and Music Director at Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia, PA, from 1998-2014. There he conducted the Tenth Church Choir and Tenth Chamber Players, was Founder-Artistic Director of the Tenth Concert Series and oversaw the entire music program and music staff. He is also Founder-Director of the Philadelphia Chamber Choir. He served as Associate Professor of Music at Philadelphia College of Bible, as adjunct Associate Professor of Choral Music and Choral Artist-in-Residence at Temple University, and has been a guest lecturer at Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, Clearwater Christian College, Faith Baptist Bible College, Trinity Christian College, and at Westminster, Knox, Covenant, Redeemer, Toronto Baptist, and Erskine theological seminaries. He has spoken or performed at churches across North America as well as in Greece, Morocco, Turkey, Ukraine, and at the National Pastors Conference, Great Lakes Bible Conference, Ligonier Ministries National Conference, Philadelphia Conference on Reformed Theology, Church Music Explosion, Alliance of Christian Musicians, American Guild of Organists-Philadelphia Chapter, Reformation Heritage Conference, Reformation Worship Conference, and the Texas Hill Country Bible Conference.

Jones studied piano with Menahem Pressler, Edward Auer, Martin Canin, Samuel Hsu and Susan Fullerton; conducting with Robert Porco, Thomas Dunn, Jan Harrington, Mark Laycock and Dale Shepfer; chamber music with Josef Gingold; music history with George Buelow; voice with Alan Bennett; and composition with Ronald Alan Matthews. Dr. Jones performs regularly with David Kim, concertmaster of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Anne Martindale Williams, principal cellist of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. He has played for Metropolitan Opera stars Jerome Hines, Sharon Sweet, Stuart Neill, and Todd Thomas among other musicians of renown.

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Evelyn Larter

Evelyn R. Larter was born in Glasgow, Scotland, and studied at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music. She won the prestigious Governor's Recital Prize for piano, and graduated with honors in concert piano and music education. She performed with the Highlands Sinfonia, and on Scottish television. Since moving to the United States with her husband and family in 1988, Evelyn has been active in the Philadelphia area, performing with well-known soloists and ensembles. She was on the music staff of historic Tenth Presbyterian Church for 11 years, regularly substituting on the organ.
Evelyn became Director of Music at Deerfield Presbyterian Church, South Jersey, in September 2003, where she organizes recitals with world class musicians. As a composer, Evelyn writes anthems for her small church choir, and instrumental and vocal solo hymn arrangements for use as preludes and offertories. She has also arranged music for a small brass ensemble at her church. Five of her anthems have been published by the Lorenz Corporation and two by the Saint James Music Press. More anthems are currently awaiting publication by Lorenz, St James Music Press, Augsburg Fortress and Abingdon Press. She recently served as Dean of the SouthWest Jersey Chapter of the American Guild of Organists.
Evelyn has a strong interest in maintaining the goal of excellence in worship music, and has consulted with many churches on issues concerning the introduction of contemporary worship. She enjoys all kinds of music, and teaches many gifted students. She is married to Rev Dr Ken Larter, the minister of Deerfield Presbyterian Church. They have four adult children, and three grandchildren.


Peter Leibensperger 
Peter Leibensperger is a graduate student at City University of New York, where he studies Music Theory and is a research assistant for Joseph Straus. His analysis of Mahler's "Nun will die Sonn' so hell aufgeh'n!" was selected in 2008 by the Music Theory Society of the Mid Atlantic Region to be presented at the Library of Congress. He has studied piano with Maria del Pico Taylor, composition with Matthew Greenbaum, and conducting with Paul S. Jones. He served on the music staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church for four years. His compositions include sacred works for the Tenth Chamber Players, Westminster Brass, for David Kim's solo album, The Lord Is My Shepherd, and for Anne Williams' CD Sacred Music for Cello. In 2007 Mr. Leibensperger conducted Puccini's La Bohème with the Berks Opera Workshop.

Deborah Rojas 
Deborah Rojas received her B.S. in Bible and B.Mus. in Church Music from Philadelphia Biblical University where she began composing under the tutelage of Daniel Barta. Robert Carwithen, Samuel Hsu, Paul Jones, and Al Lunde have also had an impact on her musical development. She previously served on the musical staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church, and served in various musical capacities at First Presbyterian Church in Enterprise, AL and New Covenant Presbyterian Church in Newton, MA. Deborah currently resides in Guam, where she lives with her husband Richard, an Air Force chaplain, and her four children. She homeschools, teaches piano, is actively involved with church music, and is an assistant conductor to the community choir, Cantate!.

Timothy Shaw
Timothy Shaw (b. 1976), a native of Keene, NH, is Assistant Professor and Chair of Music Theory & Composition at Philadelphia Biblical University (Langhorne, PA). He has studied at the University of Connecticut (Ph.D. ABD, Music Theory & History), Temple University (M.Mus. in Composition), and Philadelphia Biblical University (B.Mus. in Composition, B.S. in Biblical Studies). He has composed extensively for the church, and his music appears in the catalogs of Augsburg Fortress, Choristers Guild, Concordia, Fred Bock, MorningStar Music, and Neil A. Kjos music companies. He regularly fulfills commissions, including those for Anne Martindale-Williams (Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra principal cellist), David Kim (Philadelphia Orchestra concertmaster), and the Presbyterian Church of Coventry, CT. Timothy and his wife, Lauren, are the proud parents of two boys. For more information, please visit his website: http://www.shawmusic.blogspot.com.

Jeremy Strong
Jeremy Strong is Music Director and Organist at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Maple Shade, NJ. A native of New Jersey, Mr. Strong spent the first 18 years of his life in Uruguay and Argentina as a child of missionary parents, where he first took piano lessons with his mother. He later studied piano and composition at Philadelphia Biblical University, graduating in 1995 with a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and composition, and a Bachelor of Science in Bible. In 2003, he earned a Master's degree in composition from Temple University. For several years he was on the music staff of Tenth Presbyterian Church, Philadelphia. He resides in New Jersey with his wife Missy, and children, Ethan, Owen, Lorelei, and Jackson. Besides being a stay-at-home Dad, Mr. Strong teaches piano and guitar, does freelance recording and editing, and works with music notation software.

The Westminster Brass
The Westminster Brass (Kenneth Laudermilch, James Hala, Dan McCartney, Thomas Elliott, and Timothy Witmer) has specialized in presenting sacred music concerts throughout the United States and Canada since 1976. Each member brings with him years of experience performing with such notable organizations as The Philadelphia Orchestra, the Pittsburgh Symphony, the Delaware Symphony, and the American Christian Symphony. Some of the members have had the privilege of working under the batons of Eugene Ormandy, Riccardo Muti, and Wolfgang Sawallisch in such great American concert halls as Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, and The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts.
Members of the Westminster Brass have earned degrees from The Curtis Institute, New England Conservatory, Carnegie Mellon University, and Westminster Theological Seminary. Their professions are as diverse as their education: church pastor and lecturer, university music professor, high school music director, seminary professor and author, and freelance musician and teacher.
The quintet is based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and is a regular part of Tenth Presbyterian Church's music ministry. The group is heard each week heralding the start of the international radio broadcast, The Bible Study Hour. It is also frequently heard on Family Radio. The ensemble has long been an integral part of the Philadelphia Conference on Reformation Theology and Ligonier Ministries Conferences.
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