Our Leadership

Meet our Director, Accompanists, Administrator, and Founder

Our Team

In most organizations, excellence starts at the top. With the PYC, this is true as well.

From the Artistic Director to our Administrator to our Accompanists, the leadership of the PYC creates an environment that is welcoming to your children, but also one that holds them accountable for their performance.

Please meet the leadership of the PYC (below) that will guide your child’s musical training and personal formation.

Opportunities

The PYC is always looking for great talent and competent personnel to help with the operations of the organization.

Are you an organized person?  Do you value service?  Do you take pride in your work and accomplishments?

The PYC might just be the place for you to spend even just a few hours a month…helping with the multitude of tasks and responsibilities it takes to keep our organization performing at a high level.

Kelly Wyszomierski

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 son Travis.

Cindy Haage

Manager, the PYC

Cindy Haage accepted the position of Choir Manager for The PYC in 2017.  She has been part of the PYC family since her daughter Rachel joined the choir in 2013.  Cindy was an active parent volunteer and held positions of chaperone and Reception Committee chair.  

After Rachel graduated in 2016, she began her transition to Choir Manager.   Cindy is a senior project manager for a major health insurance company where her attention to detail allows her to coordinate the many behind the scene activities  that allow the students and artistic staff to focus on the music.  

Cindy enjoys vacationing at the beach and spending time with her husband, Rick, and her kids, Mike and Rachel.  

Bonita Grady

Senior Choir Accompanist

CAREER OVERVIEW

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.

Patti Hershey

Junior Choir Accompanist

CAREER OVERVIEW

Patti began taking piano lessons at the age of five and continued through her senior year of high school. She received her B.S. and M.A. degrees in Elementary Education and has taught preschool through third grade for over 35 years in private schools, always using her musical training to enhance her teaching.  From her teenage years to the present, Patti has enjoyed accompanying various choirs and soloists, as well as playing for church services.  She has also taught many private piano students.

Patti previously accompanied the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale Senior Choir from 2005-2008 and she has been the Junior Choir Accompanist since 2016.  Patti currently enjoys teaching preschoolers where she shares her love of music with the children every day.  She lives with her husband Richard in Horsham, PA.  They are the parents of three adult children and are ‘YaYa’ and ‘PopPop’ to four beautiful grandchildren.

Eileen Finley

Founding Director, the PYC

CAREER OVERVIEW

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.