Artistic Director, the PYC
Kelly Wyszomierski was appointed Artistic Director of the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale in 2017, although she first joined the PYC in 2015 as Director of the Junior Choir. Mrs. Wyszomierski holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Penn State University and a master’s degree in Choral Conducting from Temple University. She spent several years teaching middle school choir and general music in West Hartford, CT, and she now teaches choral music and music theory to students in grades 5-12 at Philadelphia Performing Arts: A String Theory Charter School.
In 2014, she became Associate Director of The Choristers, a semi-professional adult choir based in Lansdale, PA. A life-long pianist and singer, Mrs. Wyszomierski also offers private lessons in piano, voice, and conducting. In her spare time, Kelly enjoys cooking and baking, skiing, Penn State football, the San Francisco Giants, and spending time with her husband Steve and sons Travis and Connor, and cat Cocoa.
Rachael Choplick joined PYC in Fall 202 as the Associate Director. She works collaboratively to rehearse the Junior Choir with Mrs. Wyszomierski and supports the administrative planning of the organization. In 2018, Rachael received her undergraduate degree in Music Education from Temple University. She taught general music and choir at Catholic school in Austin, Texas for two years, and most recently worked at Upper Moreland Primary School as the K-2 grades music teacher. A passionate public education advocate, Racheal now works as a government relations Associate at Bellevue Strategies focusing on education and health issues. An avid runner, in her spare time Racheal enjoys running with her boyfriend, Ryan, and plans to run her first marathon in 2022.
Andrea Martin joined the PYC family as a parent in 2013 and when her daughter graduated PYC in 2019 she stayed on as choir manager. Andrea lives in Southampton with her husband Bill and daughter Abigail. Andrew has been a volunteer rescue squad/fire company member for over 28 years. In her “spare” time she enjoys teaching, baking, crafting, hiking, and sharing adventures with Abigail. Watching the students’ personalities grow both musically and personally through the years is an honor to be part of. Continuing with The PYC is a privilege. Andrea shares, “Seeing everything my daughter experienced and how it both challenged her and made her into the amazing person she is, made me want to give that opportunity to many future generations of PYC!”
Senior Choir Accompanist
Bonita Grady joined the PYC artistic staff six years ago. In her time with the choir, she has accompanied both the Junior and Senior Choirs.
Bonita began private lessons at age five; over her career, she studied with J. Evans Anderson, W. David Smith, Norwegian concert pianist, and Susan Drogi Miller, Hungarian post-grad pianist from Julliard School of Music. She has been active in Pennsylvania Music Teachers Association and adjudicated for Dorothy Sutton performance festivals. Bonita has taught private piano since 1976, after having received her Teacher’s Diploma at age 12 from Sherwood Music School in Chicago, IL.
Forty years of Christian music service on staff at various churches in York County, Pennsylvania has given Bonita experience in liturgical music with both piano and organ, and she regularly accompanies the PYC on organ. She served on staff as organist, pianist, Choir Director, praise Team Director and Coordinator, Small Group Ministries Director, and Youth Ministries Director at various locations nationally. For the past two years, Bonita has greatly enjoyed being a member of the Liberty Belles of Lansdale, an award-winning barbershop chorus.
Junior Choir Accompanist
Irina Bakis is honored to join the staff of the amazing Pennsylvania Youth Chorale as an accompanist for the Junior Choir. Irina is also an accompanist for Sister Cities Girl choir, Commonwealth your choirs and Find Your Instrument! organization. She is a Music Director and Organist at Holy Nativity Episcopal Church, and a busy piano teacher.
Irina comes from a family of distinguished classical musicians and teachers. She completed Masters degree in Piano Performance and Teaching at Prokofiev Conservatoire at Donetsk, Ukraine. While Irina is a very busy musician, she also makes art in her spare time. She holds a BA from Pratt Institute, New York, and her selected work has been exhibited in New York City and local galleries, with a solo show at Ukrainian Institute in New York.
Irina lives in Cheltenham with her husband Doug, son Henri, and a few fluffy cats.
Founding Director, the PYC
Ms. Finley, founding director of the PYC, has studied music and choral conducting at the Kodaly Institute in Keschemet, Hungary, at Southeaster Massachusetts University; and at the Royal School of Church Music at Princeton University. She received her Masters of Music Education at the College of New Jersey and her Kodaly Certification from the Kodaly Center of America in Massachusetts.
Ms. Finley has considerable teaching experience on the graduate and undergraduate levels, as well as 36 years experience teaching music in the public schools. She has taught courses and workshops at College Misericordia, College of New Jersey, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, University of Pennsylvania, University of West Texas, and Westminster Choir College.
Ms. Finley is the recipient of the “Citation of Excellence” from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, “Recognition of Excellence” from the Neshaminy School Board, “Citation of Appreciation” from the Pennsylvani House of Representatives and the College of Misericordia Alumni Award presented by the Music Department. She has been listed as an “Accomplished Teacher” by the Music Educator’s National Conference.