Conductor

Thanks to our demonstrated achievements and potential…

Since its inception, The Susquehanna Valley Chorale has attracted outstanding conductors to our podiums. Cyril Stretansky, former professor of music at Susquehanna University, guided SVC from 1972 to 1996.

Bill Payn, Conductor & Music Director

Since 1996, our Music Conductor and Director has been William A. Payn. Active as a composer since the early 70’s, Payn has over 50 published compositions. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious honors, most recently the Elaine Brown Award for Choral Excellence by the American Choral Directors Association for outstanding lifelong work in choral arts.

Payn retired from Bucknell University in 2014, where he was a Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies for 32 years. He led his choirs to international recognition; his final Bucknell performances included concerts at the Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, St. Stephen’s Cathedral in Vienna, Austria, and Smetana Hall in Prague, Czech Republic.Bucknell’s popular (and Emmy nominated) annual Candlelight Service of Carols, featuring the Chapel Choir and Rooke Chapel Ringers, has been televised nationally many times by PBS since 1988.

The Chorale has also sung with the Williamsport Symphony under its Director/Conductor, Robin Fountain, and with the world-renowned Paragon Ragtime Orchestra under its founder and Director/Conductor, Rick Benjamin.