ALLAN ANDREWS, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
A relative newcomer to WNY, Allan Andrews moved to Buffalo (Snyder) in 2020 from Seattle, where he served as the Director of Music Ministries at Mt. Baker Park Presbyterian Church, Artistic Director of the Swedish Singers of Seattle, and the A.D. of the Seattle Metropolitan Singers. Before that, Allan began his teaching career in Oklahoma, serving as choral director at Lawton High School (Lawton, OK). Following graduate school, he was the Head Choral Director at R.L. Turner HS in Carrollton, TX, a suburb of Dallas. He retired after serving as Director of Choirs at Northlake College, also in Dallas. While teaching high school, Allan’s choirs were consistent sweepstakes winners in UIL competitions, as well as winning multiple choral festivals across the United States. He is a frequent clinician and adjudicator across the Southwest and the Pacific Northwest. Mr. Andrews received his Bachelor of Music degree from Oklahoma City University and his MM in Vocal Performance from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, TX. While living in Seattle, Mr. Andrews was on the Greater Seattle Choral Consortium board, an umbrella organization of over ninety community choirs. He served as the Washington State Music in Worship Chair of the American Choral Directors Association.
JOANNE HOLLENBECK, ACCOMPANIST
Joanne Hollenbeck retired in May of 2017 from the position of Keyboardist at the Hamburg Presbyterian Church where she served for 24 years. She previously served as Director of Music at the Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and as keyboardist at the Hamburg Christian Science Church and the Dunkirk Presbyterian Church. She is currently the accompanist for the Orchard Park Chorale and the Advent Chorale of Western New York, which performs Handel’s MESSIAH every December.
Mrs. Hollenbeck studied piano and organ with David Bond, Frederick Burgomaster, Allen Giles and Johannes Magendanz. She earned an undergraduate degree in voice from SUNY Fredonia, where she accompanied the Festival Chorus, Opera Theatre, and numerous vocal and instrumental soloists. She has also accompanied choruses and soloists in the Western New York area and at summer music conferences in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Florida, and North Carolina.
A former Emergency Medical Technician, Mrs. Hollenbeck now serves the Hamburg Volunteer Fire Department as a member of the Family Assistance Team and travels each winter to Haiti to do medical mission work with Functional Literacy Ministry.
Board of Directors
PATRICIA CHIODO, PRESIDENT
Patricia Chiodo received her Master of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music and her Ph.D. in Music Education from the University at Buffalo. After retiring from teaching elementary general music for more than 30 years in the Williamsville Central Schools, she taught music education at the graduate level at the University at Buffalo for another ten years. During that time, she was awarded the ECMEA/Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra Award for Excellence in Music Education, served on the NYSSMA Executive Council as the Chairperson of the NYSSMA Classroom Music Committee, worked on the Editorial Board of the Music Educators Journal, and presented frequently at state and national conferences.