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, was the first Music Director and Conductor of the Highland Park Community Chorus, founded and currently directs 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, was an Adjunct Professor of Music at Seton Hall University and currently teaches at Rutgers Prep. Mr. Boyle was one of 16 conductors chosen nationwide to be a Conducting Fellow at the 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 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 currently studies with critically acclaimed organist, Gordon Turk. In 2004, Mr. Velloso was the recipient of The Elizabeth W. Durham Award for Excellence in Performance. He has performed recitals on the national public radio show “Pipedreams” and for Metuchen Television.

As Director of Music at United Methodist Church at Milltown, he is the organist, director of the church’s choirs and is responsible for planning the church’s concert series. He previously served as Director of Music at the Presbyterian Church of Jamesburg. In addition to his job at the Methodist Church, Mr. Velloso serves as the High Holy Day organist at Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, accompanist for Philomusica Choir, and Spotswood High School Chorus.

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:

Jenni Chapman
Rebecca Chapman-Smith
Ann Chicchi
Betsy Dixon
Louise Hyland
Faith Knabe
Harriet Lindblom
Katie Michaux
Sharon Wildnauer
Linda Bachman
Monica Day
Linda Gabriel
Diane Hubert
Kathy Huston
Lorraine Yoch Lear
Heidi Meyer
Diana Pichardo
Joyce Richardson-Melech

Clif Ashcraft
Thomas Blankenhorn
Miguel A.Cruz
Enoch Daniel
Michael Saks
David Smith


David Day
Richard Fried
Steve Heckel
Jerry La Brie
Joseph Suchocki


Philomusica's Executive Board Members

  • President: Faith Knabe
  • Vice President: Fred Lawson (on leave)
  • Treasurer: Richard Fried
  • Secretary: David Smith
  • Members-at-Large: Joyce Richardson-Melech and David Day

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East Brunswick, New Jersey, USA 08816
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