Co-founder Joseph Fitzmartin has served as the Keystone State Boychoir Music Director since its inception in 2001. Joe’s role with KSB combines his long dedication to music education, conducting, and composing. A distinguished composer, he has written and arranged extensively for choirs and orchestras, including A Fantasy of Carols, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, Joe’s Concert Mass, a major work for symphony orchestra and choir, made its world premiere at Carnegie Hall and has since been performed at the Sydney Opera House in Australia, in Berlin with members of the Berlin Philharmonic, in Nizhny Novgorod Russia, and at the Kimmel Center in Verizon Hall with the Philadelphia Synphonia and over 200 singers from The Pennsylvania Girlchoir & The Keystone State Boychoir.
A native of Philadelphia and graduate of Catholic University in Washington, DC, Joe is also choral director for the middle and upper schools at the William Penn Charter School and directs six choirs at that prestigious school. Previous positions include organist and choir director at Collenbrook United Church in Drexel Hill for twenty-four years, organist and choir director at Girard College for ten years, and associate director, composer in residence, and accompanist for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, a post he held for twenty-one years. He is presently celebrating his fifty-second year as a conductor and music educator.
Steven Fisher is a co-founder of the Keystone State Boychoir. A conductor, composer, and music educator, he holds degrees from Shippensburg University and Temple University’s Esther Boyer College of Music. Steve studied conducting with Alan Harler, composition with Richard Brodhead, arranging with Alice Parker, and piano with Alexander Fiorello. In 1998, Temple University awarded him the prestigious Presser Foundation Award, which recognizes “a graduate student who has the potential to make an outstanding contribution in the music world.”
Steve is a published composer of choral music. His musical poem, Even, is a setting of poet-laureate Billy Collins’ beloved poem “The Lanyard,” and is published by Hal Leonard Publishing as part of the esteemed Henry Leck “Creating Artistry” series. His South African arrangements are published by Colla Voce.
Julie Donahue joined the Keystone State Boychoir staff in June of 2013 as its Program Manager, after serving KSB for many years as a dedicated parent volunteer. Her son Austin is a KSB Alumnus and her son Calvin is a current member of KSB. Julie’s background as a mom of four boys, as well as her background as a public interest lawyer, serves her well in her position.
Lawrence Hoenig has an established reputation as a choral conductor and tenor soloist in the Philadelphia area. As director of the Germantown Friends School Choir, he has conducted many works, both a cappella and with orchestra. He has toured with the choir in England, Scotland, France, Russia, Romania, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Poland, Scandinavia, Canada, Austria, and in China. The choir has performed with the Philadelphia Singers, Singing City, and the Opera Company of Philadelphia. Mr. Hoenig was Chairman of the Music Department at Germantown Friends until his retirement in 2006.
Mr. Hoenig has been Associate Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under Alan Harler, and has conducted numerous “run-out” concerts with the group. He has also been the Music Director of the Choral Union at the University of Delaware, an 80-voice ensemble consisting of university students and community members.
Solo performances have included Stravinsky’s Les Noces with the University of the Arts, the Evangelist in Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with the Music Group of Philadelphia, and the tenor solos in Dvorak’s Mass in D with the Mendelssohn Club. He has sung tenor solos in Monteverdi’s Vespers conducted by Dennis Russell Davies at the Aspen Music Festival, and performed in faculty concerts at the Oberlin College Baroque Performance Institute. He was a founding member of the Philadelphia Singers and occasional soloist with the group.
Mr. Hoenig holds a B.A from Columbia University, an MA in Linguistics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MM in choral conducting from Temple University, where he was a student of Robert Page. He has been on the voice faculty at Haverford College, Settlement Music School, and Jenkintown Music School. He has conducted the choir for the High Holy Days at Har Zion synagogue , is soloist for Beth Or Congregation and tenor soloist for St. Francis Xavier Church. He is currently music director of the University Chorale at the Boyer College of Music of Temple University. He is Music Assistant for the Commonwealth Youthchoirs and leads the Anonymous Sixteen group.
Sheridan Seyfried is a native of Philadelphia and trained as a composer at the Curtis Institute of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. His compositions have been performed by David Shifrin, Ida and Ani Kavafian, Steven Tenenbom and Peter Wiley. His Violin Concerto was premiered by Dennis Kim and the Tampere Philharmonic (Finland) in 2013. Sheridan’s concert-length choral arrangement of folk music from the Holocaust, Voices of the Holocaust, has been performed more than a dozen times by choral groups across the country and in South America. In the past, Sheridan has served on the music theory faculties of both Curtis and Mannes Schools of Music. In the summers, he teaches composition at the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterville, Maine. A pianist primarily, Sheridan also enjoys playing violin and plays occasional concerts in the Philadelphia area with his wife Ya-Jhu Yang, accompanist for KSB sister-choir, the Pennsylvania Girlchoir.