choral director:

Ed Milisits

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Edward Milisits II, graduated cum laude with a B.S. in Music Ed. from West Chester University in 1975. In 1982, he graduated summa cum Laude with a M.M. in M. Ed. Degree, also from West Chester. He later did postgraduate work at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN and LaSalle University in Philadelphia, PA. Ed retired on June 23, 2009 from the Easton Area School District after 33 years of service.

While with Easton Area School District, Ed served as the Director of Choral Activities, developed and taught many classes, including Voice Lab, Music History, Guitar Lab, Honors Music Theory I and II, and AP Music Theory at the high school. He also served as the K-12 Coordinator of Music for the district. During his tenure at EASD he also founded and/or directed 5 choirs. He founded the EAHS Camerata, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Chorale and conducted the Concert Choir and Treble Choir.

Ed continues to serve as a guest conductor, clinician, adjudicator and consultant around the eastern United States where he is in great demand. He currently resides in Bethlehem, PA with his wife, Stephanie.

 

accompanist:

Bryan Holten

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Bryan Holten is a recitalist, collaborative performer, and entrepreneur based in eastern Pennsylvania. He is also an experienced church musician, with a record of service in organizations large and small. Currently, Bryan serves as organist and pianist at the College Hill Presbyterian Church in Easton, PA, and as the Accompanist for Choirs at Moravian College in Bethlehem, PA. He also enjoys American ten-pin bowling.

Bryan is a recipient of the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied organ performance and literature with David Higgs, Michel Bouvard, and Edoardo Bellotti. In 2014, he received the Jim Cochran Recital Award, which recognizes the player of an outstanding degree recital in the school’s department of Organ and Historical Keyboards. In 2012, he was awarded second prize in the Young Professional division at the Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival.