Joseph Fitzmartin is a co-founder of the Keystone State Boychoir. His role with KSB combines his long dedication to music education, conducting, and composing. A distinguished composer, Joe has written and arranged extensively for choirs and orchestras, including A Fantasy of Carols, performed by the Philadelphia Orchestra. Additionally, his 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, and by the Novgorod Symphony in Russia.
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. Previous positions include organist and choir director at at Collenbrook United Church in Drexel Hill for twenty-four years, organist and choir director at Girard College, and associate director and accompanist for the Philadelphia Boys Choir and Chorale, a post he held for twenty-one years.
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.
A well-known choral conductor and tenor soloist in the Philadelphia area, Lawrence Hoenig joined KSB’s music staff in the spring of 2008. Most recently, Larry was Director of the Germantown Friends School choir, as well as Chair of the school’s Music Department.
Larry was Associate Conductor of the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under Alan Harler, as well as the Music Director of the Choral Union at the University of Delaware. Numerous solo performances include Stravinsky’s Les Noceswith the University of the Arts, Dvorak’s Mass in D with Mendelssohn Club. He holds a BA 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. Larry has been on the voice faculty at Haverford College, Settlement Music School, and Jenkintown Music School. He conducts the choir for the High Holy Days at Har Zion synagogue and sings with the choir of St. Thomas Church, Whitemarsh.
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.