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Music

Our Music Director

David Antony Lofton, Music Director and Choir Master, is a native Philadelphian and a graduate of The Curtis Institute of Music, where he studied piano with Dr. Vladimir Sokoloff, and was an accompanying apprentice of the late Todd Duncan for eight years. He also attended Westminster Choir College, where he developed his choral conducting skills. He has served as Artistic Director of Opera North Inc. (formerly Opera Ebony). He has been a recital collaborator for renowned singers including Wilhelmenia Fernandez, Marietta Simpson, Nancy Fabiola Herrera and Indra Thomas.

David Anthony Lofton

The list of singers with whom he has worked includes Jubilant Sykes, Frederica von Stade, Samuel Ramey, Florence Quivar, Kathleen Battle, and the late William Warfield. He served as coach/accompanist for The Luciano Pavarotti International Voice Competition and participated in the Festival dei due Mondi in Spoleto, Italy where he was assistant conductor for a televised production of Carmen and the filming of Amahl and the Night Visitors, directed by Menotti himself.

Mr. Lofton has performed as piano soloist and is a frequent collaborator in chamber music performances. He is a member of the Ritz Chamber Players and has been a guest pianist with The Young Eight, 1807 and Friends and various other performing groups. As well as having conducted many full operatic productions, he also led a concert of operatic and symphonic music featuring the famed Harlem Boys Choir at Carnegie Hall.

He served on the faculty of The Curtis Institute of Music for ten years and is a Master Vocal Coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia.

Calling all singers!

We are rebuilding the St. Paul’s Festival Choir, and would love to have you join us! Our music program is led by David Antony Lofton, who is equally at home at the Gospel piano, the concert hall, the traditional church organ, and the opera stage! When not working at St. Paul’s, he is Master Vocal Coach at the Academy of Vocal Arts, one of the finest schools for opera singers in the country. Prior to that, he taught at he Curtis Institute of Music. See his full biography at http://www.avaopera.org/training/coaches.php.

We are especially looking for people who love all kinds of music. Last year, at a special Pentecost service called, The Communion of All Cultures, our choir sang (and danced!) folk/jazz/rock fusion songs of peace and fellowship with the South African Anti-Apartheid group, Sharon Katz and the Peace Train.

Then comes our special Christmas Eve service with music from many traditions. On Ash Wednesday, we will sing a special service of Holy Eucharist with the Mass in Four Parts by the 16th century composer, William Byrd. Our Easter service also has special music from many traditions. All singers are welcome, regardless of your faith tradition. Our choir rehearses on Sunday after our 10:00 service. Ask about our choral scholarships for accomplished high school and college age singers!