Dwilyn spent 20 years in Christian school education as a music teacher and administrator. He received his music education degree from Millersville University in 1985 and a master’s degree in Christian School Administration from Grace Seminary, Winona Lake, IN in 1991. He was the music director at Faith Mennonite High School, Kinzers, PA for 6 years and then taught music and was the administrator at Linville Hill Mennonite School, Paradise, PA (grades K-8) for 14 years. Currently, Dwilyn works as a self-employed painter and teaches music part time at Fair Haven Christian School, Gap PA. He continues to direct Gap Male Chorus (a 40-voice men’s choir which has been singing every year since 1922) as well as Men With A Song (a group of younger men which has its roots at Music Camp). Dwilyn and his wife Bertie have 5 children–Melanie, Austin, Krista, Carli, and Mindy who enjoy living on a small farm along with numerous cats, 1 dog, 3 goats, and 2,000 pigs. Along with choral conducting and playing the accordian, Dwilyn enjoys the outdoors–hunting, hiking, caring for fruit trees and spending time with family at a mountain cabin. He and his family attend Life Mennonite Fellowship, Willow Street, PA.
Gwendolyn is the mother of two teenage boys and is a part of Bethel Mennonite Church in Gladys, VA. She works from home giving private music lessons, writing and recording music (www.singthekjv.org) and making pottery (www.kjvpottery.com). Gwendolyn graduated from Cedarville University with a BA in piano performance and BME in music education. She received an MS degree from Longwood University and an Ed.D. degree from the University of Virginia in Administration and Supervision. Gwendolyn served in the Virginia public school system for eleven years: five as a music teacher grades preK-8 and six years as an assistant principal, grades ranging from 5-12. In 2003, Gwendolyn returned to music, composing songs out of personal pain and brokenness in her life under the pseudonym Tirzah Joy (“Tears of Joy”). Her passion is that all may find the peace that comes from surrendering their lives fully to our loving Lord. It is impossible to trust Him too much!
West Jefferson, OH
Lloyd has been a music instructor at Sarasota Christian School (Florida), Rosedale Bible Institute (Ohio) and Daystar University (Nairobi, Kenya). He holds a BA in Music Education (Eastern Mennonite College, 1971), and an MA in Music Education with a choral-conducting and vocal concentration (Ohio State University, 1987). He directed the Rosedale Chorale and other school/community choirs during his teaching years, and continues periodic musical activities ranging from weekend events to overseas choral tours. He is self-employed as a painter, handyman, commercial driver, choral / vocal resource person, and choral arranger/composer. He enjoys listening to music from a variety of historic and cultural genres, along with aviation, motorcycling, mechanical tinkering, travel, and more. He is married to Mary (Slabaugh), formerly from Hartville, OH.
Nolan teaches classes in music and physical education at Faith Mennonite High School and conducts the school choir, Faith Chorale. He graduated from West Chester University with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education. He has sung with numerous choirs including the Sharon Singers, Faith Builders Chorale, Oasis Chorale, and the Hope Singers. He enjoys reading, listening to free audio books, promoting Anabaptist thought, traveling, and playing sports. He and his wife Alena live in Quarryville, PA and attend Rawlinsville Mennonite Church.
Franklin and his wife, Brittany, live in Bolivar, Ohio. They love to travel, sample quality food, and make new friends.
Franklin graduated in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Music from Kent State University where he served as the assistant for Kent Chorus. Since 2007, Franklin has been the conductor of Minerva Community Choir which has toured internationally, and has guest conducted Kent State Chorus and Oasis Chorale. He is currently teaching music at Maranatha Christian School in Sugarcreek, Ohio, Minerva Christian School and with a homeschool group in Minerva, OH. As chorister, he has served with Kent Presbyterian Church Choir, Sonnenberg Station, Canton Symphony Orchestra Chorus, Hope Singers, and Oasis Chorale. Franklin strives to bring life and energy to the music making process with the firm belief that music should be dynamic!
After begging her parents for several years, Sarah received her first violin at age 12. She studied violin with Mary Bontrager for 10 years and has played with local orchestras and string quartets. She has been teaching violin for 18 years and is Level 3 Suzuki Violin School certified. She is passionate about facilitating student collaboration and serves on the administrative committee of the Anabaptist Orchestra Camp. Sarah fell in love with harmonization when she first learned how to sing alto at age 8. Since then, singing alto and playing 2nd violin are her favorite parts to contribute in any ensemble. She has studied voice with Sue Walin and sung with the Cantate Singers, Orrville Community Chorus, Hope Singers, Oasis Chorale, and Minerva Community Choir. Currently, Sarah teaches general music K-12 at Gospel Haven Academy, violin at Central Christian School, and private violin lessons in her home studio. In her spare time, Sarah loves spending time with her nieces and nephews, going to concerts, traveling, and laughing at corny jokes.
Terre Hill, PA
Jeff is currently the director of music at Shalom Mennonite School and Terre Hill Mennonite School in Terre Hill, Pennsylvania, where he lives with his stunning wife, four notable children, and four rogue cats. He began his career as a classical musician, performing in various symphony orchestras around the country. After nine years of playing professionally, he switched careers to become a full-time music educator. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music Performance degree from Florida State University, a Master of Music Performance from Southern Methodist University, and a Music Education certificate from Aquinas College. Jeff currently fulfills his love of the performing arts by serving as co-conductor of the Anabaptist Orchestra and as a member of the Oasis Chorale. He also considers himself blessed to be the current director of the Eternal Praise Chorale. He enjoys singing, running, restoring antique furniture, playing games late at night with his family, and getting to know interesting, geeky, artistic, educator-type people.
Lee has been involved in music from early childhood, plunking melodies and harmonies out on an electronic keyboard from shaped note hymnals. As a teenager he developed the appreciation of music into a love of choral singing and conducting, singing with many choirs and gaining choral conducting experience. This path led to study at Lebanon Valley College, where he earned degrees in Music (BA) and Music Education (BS). Lee enjoys conducting choirs, shaping voices into ensembles, spending time with his family (wife, daughter, and son), learning new things, gardening, and working at Weaver’s Carpet & Tile – his current occupation.