Introducing Soprano Theresa Schroeder
Theresa grew up in State College, though now, much of her family lives in York, PA. Her first choir experience was singing in the children’s choir at Grace Lutheran Church in State College–but her most significant choir experience was singing in the Rooke Chapel Choir at Bucknell University. She joined Compline five years ago, having realized over time that the one thing she really missed about her college years was singing, and those services at Rooke Chapel. Once her children were a little older and she had more time, it seemed like the perfect fit for her.
She and her husband have three kids, two of whom are in high school; the third is in middle school. They also have three cats and two fish (anyone want to adopt their fish????) When not working at her job at Carnegie Mellon and spending time with her family and friends, she enjoys walking in Frick Park, reading and sometimes, a nap!
Our new Comings & Goings feature offers a closer look at Choir members, past and present. Stayed tuned for more! Dr. Mark A. Boyle is in the spotlight for our first installment.
Dr. Mark A. Boyle joined the Pittsburgh Compline Choir as Director in the fall of 2017. He has served as Director of Choral and Vocal Activities at Seton Hill University since 2013. Dr. Boyle is active as a guest conductor, choral clinician, poet, and composer. He has conducted all-state, regional, district, and county choral festivals across the Northeast and Mid-Western parts of the United States. As a tenor, he s a rostered member of Kinnara Ensemble and the Pittsburgh Camerata and enjoys a concert career as a soloist. He currently is a professional chorister at Shadyside Presbyterian Church. His music and poetry is has been performed by choirs from Hawaii to Maryland.
Dr. Boyle began his association with the Divine Office with the Compline Choir of the Lutheran Church of Honolulu, while serving in the United States Navy. There he fell in love immediately with the beauty of the liturgy, the chant, and the vast repertoire of motets offered at the service.
Originally from Wethersfield, Connecticut, Dr. Boyle attended Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania. After five years in the United States Navy, he completed his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance at Ball State University, where he remained to complete a Masters of Music in Choral Conducting. He completed the Doctorate in Musical Arts at Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Dr. Boyle is married to music educator and pianist, Jane Boyle, and resides in Harrison City, Pennsylvania, with their sons, Nathan and Patrick.