Jeffrey R. Smith
Artistic Director & Conductor, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
An alumnus of Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Smith became Music Director in 2004 and has since led the choir on concert tours throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the choir has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadelphia Ballet, Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute. Venues have included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York City. Smith has led the group on local and national television including five consecutive annual appearances on “Good Morning America”. Many political dignitaries have been an audience to the choir, including foreign ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers, and American ambassadors and presidents.
Smith is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. His original compositions and vocal/instrumental arrangements have been performed by various ensembles throughout the country, including the Toledo Symphony, York Theatre (NYC), Ocean City Pops and Philly POPS. As a pianist in much demand, Smith has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for the Philly POPS.
Artistic Director & Conductor, Philadelphia Girls Choir
Nathan Wadley began his choral training at the age of eleven when he became a chorister with The American Boychoir, under the direction of Dr. James Litton, and he returned 15 years later to become the Resident Training Choir Director of The American Boychoir School, where he trained the newest choirboys in performance skills and musicianship. He has taught for over 20 years in both public and private school settings, and currently is on the faculty of Friends Select School in Philadelphia. Mr. Wadley earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree and Masters Degree in Choral Conducting from Missouri State University, and was awarded a graduate assistantship under noted conductor Dr. Guy B. Webb. He is a certified Kodály music educator, studying at both New York University and Capitol University in Columbus, Ohio.
Associate Music Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
John Stroud is a highly sought after choral conductor and music instructor throughout the Delaware Valley. An alumnus of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Stroud became Associate Music Director in 2001.
As Associate Director, Stroud spearheads the Beginning Cadet Program, our youngest children. A certified Kodaly instructor, Stroud is responsible for the many workshops and outreach programs provided in the community by the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale.
Stroud teaches full time at The Haverford School where he conducts the Haverford Boys Choir and the Haverford Centennial Singers in addition to teaching his middle school General Music classes.
Stroud earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Temple University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Susquehanna University.
In addition, Stroud has served as the Artistic Director of the Media Chamber Chorale for 20 years during which he has conducted many choral masterworks including Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Nänie, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Faure’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat in D.
Associate Director, Philadelphia Girls Choir
A passionate musician who is dedicated to the musical growth and educational development of children, Laura Harmon has over 18 years of professional experience as an educator and choral conductor, and has directed choirs and taught general music to children ranging from kindergarten to eighth grade. Her success as an educator has led her students to perform in honors choirs throughout New Jersey, as well as to participate in several prestigious choirs, including All South Jersey Choir, All State Choir, and OAKE National Choir. Laura Harmon obtained her Bachelor of Music in Music Education from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ. She earned her Level IV Kodály training from Westminster Choir College through The Organization of American Kodály Educators (OAKE).
Laura conducts both training choirs, Motif and Etude, and co-teaches Cantata with Mr. Wadley.
Michelle brings over 20 years of experience in music education, educational leadership, fundraising, non-profit management, and accounting. A passionate nonprofit leader, musician, and educator, she leverages a broad range of business consulting and nonprofit management skills in her role as Executive Director of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs (PBGC).
Michelle started her career in tax consulting and audit with E&Y, where she worked on consulting teams for fortune 500 companies and gained broad business perspective. She soon changed course to follow her passion for classical music as an opera singer, finishing her Master’s in music at Florida State University while working in the FSU School of Music development office. She then leveraged her experience in fundraising and music as the Director of Institutional Fundraising and Development Services at The Curtis Institute of Music, where she was instrumental in completing their largest ever capital campaign, raising over $40 million.
For the past 15 years, Michelle has been a music educator for the School District of Philadelphia and recently her second master’s degree in educational leadership at University of Pennsylvania. She was also a choral conductor for Settlement Music School’s Music Education Pathways program. Outside of school, Michelle is a classical singer and has performed locally with Opera Philadelphia, Lehigh Opera, and as a member of the Voices of The Philly Pops.
While not working in the Philadelphia music sphere, Michelle enjoys gardening and spending time with beloved family members. She is a proud mom to amazing 11-year-old twins and lives in New Jersey with them and her wonderful husband, Frederick.
Director of Advancement
Amanda joined the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs with over a decade of nonprofit leadership experience. Her development experience was honed at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where she led the annual fund and the Friends of Music giving society as Assistant Director of Development. After returning to New Jersey, Amanda has served in fundraising and leadership roles for Choral Arts Philadelphia, the Bach Festival of Philadelphia, and Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, and has consulted for numerous other music organizations in the area.
As a trained singer with a passion for choral music, Amanda is thrilled to be joining the staff of the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs, and looks forward to using her combined experience with fundraising and choral music to advance the Choirs’ mission.
Amanda holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College, and a Certificate of Nonprofit Management from La Salle University’s Nonprofit Center.
Eirini is originally from Athens, Greece. She has an undergraduate degree in Cultural Heritage Management and New Technologies from Patras University, Greece. In 2021, Eirini moved to Philadelphia after being awarded a scholarship from Drexel University to pursue a master’s degree in Arts Administration and Museum Leadership. During her studies, Eirini worked as a graduate assistant at the Leonard Pearlstein Gallery, Drexel’s contemporary art gallery where she curated art exhibitions and supervised work-study students. Before joining the Philadelphia Boys and Girls Choirs, Eirini gained valuable experience as an intern at BalletX in Philadelphia, and the Museum of the University of Athens in Greece.