Dennis Boyle, Music Director / Conductor

Dennis Boyle, music director and conductor of Philomusica since 1982, has studied with such world-class conductor/teachers of the choral art as Robert Shaw, Vance George, Margaret Hillis, Dennis Keene, Robert Page, Gregg Smith and Jon Washburn. He has adapted and shaped their techniques into his own unique style for achieving a translucent ensemble sound.

Mr. Boyle has considerable experience as a choral singer who well understands vocal problems and potentials. He has sung under Dave Brubeck, Margaret Hillis, Henry Lewis, and Robert Shaw with the Mostly Mozart Orchestra, National Symphony Orchestra, Pittsburgh Symphony, and the New Jersey Symphony in such venues as New York’s Carnegie and Avery Fisher Halls, the Kennedy Center in Washington DC, and on England’s BBC Cambridge Radio Station.

A well-respected conductor in New Jersey, Mr. Boyle founded and served as Music Director and Conductor of the Woodlyn Chorale, was Assistant Conductor of the Summit Chorale, and was the first Music Director and Conductor of the Highland Park Community Chorus, and founded diaden, a chamber choir. He served as Choral Director at East Brunswick and Highland Park High Schools, where enrollment in both choral programs more than doubled during his tenure. Mr. Boyle was selected for inclusion in Who’s Who in American Teaching 1996, and was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Seton Hall University. He taught music at Rutgers Preparatory School, from which he retired in 2015.

Mr. Boyle was one of 16 conductors chosen nationwide to be a Conducting Fellow at the summer 1998 and 1999 Dennis Keene Choral Festivals. Under Mr. Boyle’s direction, Philomusica has performed in St. Peters Basilica in Rome, St. Mark’s Cathedral in Venice, the Duomo in Florence, and Canterbury Cathedral in England. He made his Lincoln Center conducting debut with Philomusica in Avery Fisher Hall on May 28, 2001.



Shea Velloso, Rehearsal Accompanist

Shea Velloso is a concert organist from central New Jersey. He is a graduate of Mason Gross School of the Arts where he earned his bachelor’s degree in organ performance. Shea’s teachers have included Antonius Bittmann, Mark Trautman and Paul Hoffman. He has pursued post-graduation studies with critically acclaimed organists Paul Martin Maki and Gordon Turk. In 2004, Mr. Velloso was the recipient of The Elizabeth W. Durham Award for Excellence in Performance. He has performed recitals throughout New Jersey and New York City. He has appeared in concert on the national public radio show “Pipedreams” and on Metuchen Television.

As Director of Music at United Methodist Church at Milltown, he is the organist, director of the church’s four choirs and is responsible for planning the church’s concert series and Music & Meditation for Lent series. He is currently in the midst of leading a fund-raising project which will finance the installation of the church’s new pipe organ; the specification of which he designed. Shea previously served as Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg. In addition to his job at the Methodist Church, Velloso also serves as the High Holy Day organist at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple and as accompanist for Philomusica Choir. During the summer months, Shea enjoys working as an accompanist and rehearsal leader for the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association. He also serves as the Dean of the American Guild of Organists: Middlesex Chapter. Shea, his wife Jody, and their two daughters currently live in Milltown, NJ.



The Voices of Philomusica
The Philomusica singers come from a wide variety of ages, backgrounds, professions, and musical experience from across New Jersey.  This season's singers include:

  Soprano
Jenni Chapman
Rebecca Chapman-Smith
Betsy Dixon
Louise Hyland
Faith Knabe
Harriet Lindblom
Cassandra Oliveras-Moreno
 
  Alto
Olga Bakina
Phyllis Chudnick
Laura Cinque
Monica Day
Linda Gabriel
Kathy Huston
Lorraine Yoch Lear
Heidi Meyer
Jennifer Mohring
Diana Pichardo
Joyce Richardson-Melech
 

 
         
  Tenor
Clif Ashcraft
Michael Saks
David Smith
Doug Way
 

  Bass

David Day
Richard Fried
Steve Heckel
Jerry La Brie
Darryl J. Richardson
 

 

Philomusica's Executive Board Members

  • President: Jennifer Chapman
  • Vice President: Faith Knabe
  • Treasurer: Doug Way
  • Secretary: David Smith
  • Members-at-Large: Joyce Richardson-Melech and David Day

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