Location: Pennsylvania, USA
Emery DeWitt is Director of Music at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, where he administers the traditional music programs and conducts the adult ensembles. He also oversees the popular Starlight Tea Concert Series, which offers seven concerts annually at the church. Emery is the founder and Artistic Director of Musical Associates: A Chamber Chorus and Orchestra in Lancaster, PA, which rehearses and performs during the summer months.
Emery earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory in 1978 from Mississippi College, graduating summa cum laude and with high honors in the Honors Program. Beginning in 2002, he spent two years in residence at the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. While at Penn State, he studied conducting with Lynn Drafall, and served as assistant conductor of both the University Choir (working with Tony Leach) and the Glee Club (working with Bruce Trinkley). In addition, in 1991 Emery earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Villanova University. From 1986 through 2001, he was Manager of Information Systems at Amerimax Home Products, a manufacturing firm in Lancaster, PA.
In addition to his duties as a conductor, Emery is also an oboist, having studied with Jeffrey O'Donnell, Timothy Hurtz and Jill Marchione. He plays with Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster, among other groups, and enjoys playing with area choirs. He lives in Lancaster, PA with his lovely wife, the pianist and harpsichordist Mary Ellen DeWitt. Both the DeWitts sing in The Wheatland Chorale, Robert Upton, director.