Paige McFarling , Executive Director
Paige McFarling became executive director of the Lancaster Symphony Orchestra in 2014. A seasoned executive, she has had a 20+ year career in key leadership roles including vice president for corporate communications and foundation director in the banking industry and director of advancement and chief operating officer in the independent education arena. She is credited with a career reputation of visionary leadership, strategic management, and transformational organizational turnaround. Together with music director Stephen Gunzenhauser, her goal is to be instrumental in defining and executing a vision to take the Lancaster Symphony to the next stage in
its development and establish it as a dynamic, forward-looking and community-focused organization.
Her experience in music includes life-long vocal study and performance including work at the Indiana University School of Music with Dame Camilla Williams; piano training with former Fifth Avenue Presbyterian, NY, NY, organist and Augusta Collegium Musicum founder, Eugenia Toole Glover; and, she is proud to claim musicologist and pianist Karl Haas of Adventures in Good Music with Karl Haas, NPR, as her mentor and friend.
McFarling has been active in community service including Tales and Scales Music-telling Ensemble, Patchwork Central, YMCA Executive Committee, Leadership Lancaster, Lancaster Chamber of Commerce Business Education Consortium, and Junior League of Lancaster Executive Committee, and currently serves on the Vestry Board of St. Thomas Episcopal Church and as a director on the Lititz Community Economic Development Corporation.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of Evansville and master of science degree from Duquesne University. She and her husband, Doug, have three daughters and three dogs and live in Lititz, PA.
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Bryant Croyle, Artistic Operations & Production Manager
Bryant Croyle originally joined the LSO staff in 2013 to assist with the development and management of community engagement programs. Now, as the Artistic Operations and Production Manager, Bryant calls upon 18 years of experience as a live production professional where he has worked locally and in Pittsburgh, Pa. Bryant is passionate about music and holds a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in music education from Millersville University. He is a respected piano teacher, performer, and choral director. When not making music or helping others to do so, Bryant enjoys cooking, gardening, drinking coffee, and all things peanut butter, especially doughnuts. He and his wife Virginia live in Lancaster Township with their two cats.
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Melinda Myers, Community Engagement and Grant Manager
Melinda Myers became the Community Engagement and Grant Manager in 2015. With a background in music business and retail management, she comes with previous symphony and relationship building experience. Melinda was the Librarian as well as the Administrative Assistant for the Maryland Symphony Orchestra for three years. She was the Store Manager for The Music & Arts Center in Hagerstown, MD for three years where she developed strong relationships with local music teachers, and has over ten years retail management experience.
While studying at Millersville University, Melinda was involved in Jazz Band, Concert Band, Saxophone Quartet, Marching Band and Choir. Her junior year she held a Marketing internship with the Fulton Opera House and senior year was in charge of the audition process for incoming potential Millersville Music Department students.
Currently, Melinda is performing on saxophone and vocals with the Praise Team and in the Hand Bell Choir at her Church, Glossbrenner United Methodist in Mount Joy, where she also is a frequent soloist on saxophone. Her activities there include sitting on the Staff Parish Relations Committee and involvement in other service activities.
She holds a B.A from Millersville University in Music Business and Technologies. Melinda and her husband, Mark, have a dog, Maggie, and live in Mount Joy, PA.
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Kelly Nelson Benedick, Patron Services & Office Manager
Pennsylvania native Kelly Benedick attended Temple University where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religion and Anthropology with the intention of pursuing a teaching career. However, her passion for the arts has taken her life in a different direction. After college she worked for the Music and Arts Centers, a musical instrument and accessory retailer, and then for the People’s Light & Theatre Company in Malvern as their box office manager. In the fall of 2014, Kelly joined the LSO team to help manage ticket and subscription sales and the patron database.
Throughout her academic career, Kelly was highly involved in concert and marching band, concert and swing choirs, county and regional choirs, video production, and theater. She has performed with the Temple University choirs at the Kimmel Center, with the Gilbert & Sullivan Society of West Chester, and with several local theater groups. Kelly also studied vocal performance with several operatically trained performers, including Basso Buffo Stephen Eisenhard, competed in and won awards at regional and national scholarship pageants, and she has tried her hand at several instruments, including trumpet, saxophone, and violin, but focused on the bass clarinet.
Kelly is also a published poet and a self-taught costumer designer, having showcased her costumes at Zenkaikon (Lancaster), Otakon (Baltimore), Wizard World (Philadelphia and Baltimore), and at the Symphony’s Heroes and Villains concert in September 2015, as Princess Leia. Currently, Kelly resides in Lititz with her husband Troy and their four four-legged children.
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Dr. William Wright, Chorusmaster
Dr. William Wright performs as both conductor and pianist, and has appeared in twenty-seven countries of the world. He joined the Lancaster Symphony as chorusmaster in 2008, and in addition to preparing the chorus for performances of major works with the Lancaster Symphony, he has conducted the orchestra’s Sounds of the Season concerts since 2009. Dr. Wright also serves as director of choral music at Franklin & Marshall College and as a faculty member at Harvard University Summer School. Over the course of his career, he has conducted over forty major choral-orchestra works.
Dr. Wright is a native and long-time resident of Boston. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Amherst College where he received the Lincoln Lowell Russell Prize for music performance and the Edward Poole Lay Fellowship for graduate study in music. He earned a Master of Music degree in piano performance from The New England Conservatory, and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in choral conducting from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was awarded the Charles Hayes Fellowship.
As pianist, Dr. Wright performs as soloist and chamber musician, and as orchestral pianist for the Lancaster Symphony. Over the past year he has performed numerous solo recitals in Massachusetts, Florida, and Pennsylvania, including a highly successful benefit concert for Tabor Community Services of Lancaster. In recent years he has performed chamber music with principal players of the Charlotte Symphony, the Florida Orchestra, and the Atlanta Symphony, and appeared at numerous summer music festivals including the Merrywood Music Festival, The Yellowbarn Chamber Music Festival, the Monadnock Music Festival, and The Wellesley College Composers Conference.
In addition to his current positions, Dr. Wright has been a faculty member at Tufts University, Clark University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, the New England Conservatory Preparatory Division, the Walnut Hill School for the Arts, the Roxbury Latin School, and the International School of Islamabad, Pakistan.
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