Music Director, Philadelphia Girls Choir
A gifted choral conductor, vocal instructor and music educator, Nathan Wadley began his training at the age of eleven when he became a chorister with The American Boychoir under the direction of Dr. James Litton. Fifteen years later, Mr. Wadley returned to become the Resident Training Choir Director of The American Boychoir School, where he trained the newest choirboys in performance skills and musicianship. Most recently, Mr. Wadley was a conductor with the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, before becoming the founding Director of the Philadelphia Girls Choir.
In addition, Mr. Wadley has conducted both collegiate and community choirs, most recently serving as the Assistant Conductor of the Greater Trenton Choral Society. As the Assistant Conductor for the Missouri State University Concert Chorale, he guest conducted in the United States and in Europe, including Iceland, Denmark, Sweden, Poland and the Czech Republic, and has led several college and regional opera productions.
Nathan Wadley has developed Kodály-based music education and theory programs for several organizations, including the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, The American Boychoir School and the Waldorf School of Princeton, integrating core music curriculum with the distinct philosophy of each institution. Also recognizing the importance of vocal training to healthy choral technique, Mr. Wadley has taught private voice students for nearly a decade, and he is currently the private voice instructor at Germantown Academy in Fort Washington, PA.
Mr. Wadley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, and was awarded a graduate assistantship under noted conductor Dr. Guy B. Webb. He is a certified Kodály music educator, studying first at New York University and then at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, where he was awarded the Kodály Achievement Scholarship.
Associate Music Director, Philadelphia Girls Choir
Laura Harmon obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, N.J. A passionate musician, she has over 14 years of professional experience as an educator and choral conductor. She is dedicated to the musical growth and educational development of children, and has conducted choirs and taught general music to children ranging from Kindergarten to eighth grade.
She began her teaching career as the Vocal Music Teacher in Carteret, NJ. Since then, she has taught at Wildwood Crest, Cape May City, and Alliance for Progress Charter school. She is currently the Vocal Music teacher and Choral Cherry Hill, NJ. She created the Broadway Showcase and developed the Crescendo Competition Choir, which highlights the abilities of her talented students.
Her success as an educator has led her students to perform in honors choirs throughout New Jersey, as well as to participate in several prestigious choirs, including All South Jersey Choir, All State Choir and OAKE National Choir. Additionally, her private students are working in professional theaters in Philadelphia, and are showcased in commercials, on television and off-Broadway.
The Kodály philosophy and method provides the framework for Ms. Harmon’s approach to music education. She obtained her Level IV Kodály training from Westminster Choir College through The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE). To increase her knowledge and involvement with the Kodály method she is on the New Jersey Board and Eastern Division Board of the organization.
Executive Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
A native of Austria who has spent the majority of his career within the world of performing arts, Stephan has a background in marketing and business strategy as well as government affairs. A board member and past president of The Savoy Company, he has also served as president of TUS, the Association for Tolerance and Solidarity, an organization of expositions of young artists, concerts and an international students conference. He also serves as a Board Member of the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts.
Prior to joining PBCC, he served as a Director of Marketing Services for global market research leader TNS – first in the company’s US base in Horsham, PA, then in Canada. Stephan, a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova, also studied economics at the University of Economics in Vienna and law at the University of Vienna. He is also a graduate of the Lycée français de Vienne.