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Phyllis Drackley received her B.A. in Music from Lebanon Valley College and her M.A. in Vocal Pedagogy and Performance from Marywood University. She has performed in opera, musical theatre, oratorio, and recital in the Central PA and Philadelphia area. She originated roles in several operatic world premieres. Some of her favorite operatic roles included Countess (Le Nozze di Figaro), Alice Ford (Falstaff), the title role in Puccini's Suor Angelica, and Mother Superior (Sound of Music). She has served as masterclass clinician for college, university and high school singers; voice consultant for various teachers, clergy, and voice professionals as well as clinician for teachers groups, theatres, and choral groups.
She is a member of NATS (National Association of Teachers of Singing).
Ms. Drackley has studied with NATS Master Teacher Dr. Thomas Houser and served as a Language/Diction assistant for the Vocal Pedagogy program at Marywood University. She has also coached with Mrs. Ruth Drucker of the Britten-Pears School of Advanced Musical Studies, Aldeburgh, England, and Mr. Stanley Sontag, New York. She is an Adjunct Instructor of Voice at Elizabethtown College. Ms. Drackley is soprano soloist at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Gladwynne, PA.
Cody Messersmith is an avid performer and educator in and around the state of Pennsylvania. Messersmith performs regularly as a multi-instrumentalist (trombone, euphonium, and tuba) and vocalist. He currently serves as an Intermediate Music Specialist in the Dallastown Area School District (York, PA). Messersmith currently enjoys a prosperous freelance performing career, having performed with groups such as the Lancaster British Brass Band, the Schützengiggles Oompah Band, as well as various brass quintets throughout Pennsylvania. He has served as principal tuba of The Wyoming Area Civic Orchestra (Kingston, PA), Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic (Scranton, PA), and York Youth Symphony Orchestra (York, PA). Several of his students have placed well in various PMEA District, Regional, and All-State events. Messersmith holds a Bachelor’s of Music degree from Marywood University (Scranton, PA) and currently pursues graduate studies through Penn State University.