Artistic Director and Co-Founder
Dr. Christopher Jackson is the Director of Choral Activities at Lycoming College, where he conducts the Lycoming College Choir, and The Lycoming Chamber Choir and The Lycoming Tour Choir, as well as teaching applied voice and academic music courses. He received his DMA in conducting with a cognate in vocal pedagogy from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, where he studied under Dr. Jerry McCoy and Dr. Richard Sparks, and voice with Stephen Morschek. While in Texas, he served as the conductor of the UNT Men's Choir, assistant conductor for the UNT Collegium singers, the university's premier early music ensemble, and assistant conductor of The Denton Bach Society. He received his Master's degree in conducting from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where he studied under Dr. Joe Miller, Dr. Andrew Megill and Dr. James Jorden. During his time at Westminster, Christopher served as an assistant conductor for the Westminster Symphonic Choir, coordinator of the Westminster Summer Chamber Choir and Festival Chorus, and as a faculty member of the Westminster Summer High School Vocal Institute, as well as singing with The Westminster Choir, and Kantorei, Westminster's early music choir.
Prior to completing his higher education, Christopher taught high school choir at Catalina Foothills High School in Tucson, AZ, where he assistant conducted the area's early music ensemble Musica Sonora, and served as Vice President of High School Activities for Arizona Music Educators National Conference. He received his undergraduate degree in voice performance from Oklahoma State University.
In addition to conducting, Christopher enjoys an active singing career as both a soloist and chorister. He currently sings as a full time member with The Skylark Ensemble, based in Atlanta, GA. Other professional choral engagements include appearing with The South Dakota Chorale, The Tucson Chamber Artists, and The Santa Fe Desert Chorale in concert with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Chorus. As a soloist, Christopher has sung with The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, The Denton Bach Society and The Tulsa Signature Symphony, as well as appearing as a featured soloist on recordings with The Westminster Choir, and with the Westminster Choir during their 2011 residency at the Spoleto Festival in Charleston, SC.
While he loves performing music from all eras, Christopher has a special passion for early music. This past summer he attended the Tafelmusik Baroque Summer Institute in Toronto, Canada, as a singer and conductor, to further his studies in the field. In addition to assistant conducting and singing with various university and community early music ensembles, he has performed at and attended both the Boston and Berkeley Early Music Festivals. He is also a member of the Early Music America organization.
Upcoming engagements for Christopher include conducting the Pennsylvania Region 3 High School Honors Chorus and The Pennsylvania Columbia-Montour County Chorus High School Festival.
Choir Manager, Co-Founder, Soprano
Fiona Gillespie, soprano, teaches as an adjunct professor of voice at Lycoming College, and sings as both a soloist and chorister with ensembles across the US. This summer she appeared as a soloist with The American Bach Soloists Academy in their performances of Bach's B minor mass, and Handel's "L'allegro" in San Francisco, CA. She has sung as a soloist with The Williamsport Symphony Orchestra, Musica Sacra Cantorum of Sarasota, FL, The Orchestra of New Spain in Dallas, TX, The Denton Bach Society, The Bach Choir of Bethlehem, the Lycoming Community Orchestra, and for the world premier of "A Connemara Mass" in Galway, Ireland, with the choir of the Church of the Assumption in Bethlehem, PA. She can be heard as a featured soloist on Anam Cara's recording, "Angels in the Architecture" and The Westminster Choir's recording, "Noel". As a chorister, Fiona has sung with professional ensembles including The Kinnara Ensemble in Princeton, NJ, The Crossing, of Philadelphia, The Orchestra of New Spain, and Princeton Pro Musica. This winter, she will also sing with The Skylark Ensemble.
Fiona received her graduate degree in voice performance, with a concentration in early music, from The University of North Texas. While there, she sang with the UNT Collegium Singers, with whom she was a featured soloist in their concert at the Boston Early Music Festival. She received her undergraduate degree in voice performance from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, where she sang with The Westminster Choir and The Westminster Williamson Voices. Recent opera credits include Colette in Jean-Jacque Rousseau's "Le Devin du Village" and Edith in Gilbert and Sullivan's "Pirates of Penzance" with the UNT Opera Theatre.