Dr. Michael Krentz joined Summer Harmony at the beginning of the 2019 season. He has been a church musician for over 40 years;he is currently the Director of Music/Organist at Christ Lutheran Church, Allentown. Michael holds graduate degrees from Northwestern University.
He is secretary/treasurer of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians, and chairperson of the Worship Team of the Northeastern Pennsylvania Synod or Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Michael is also past-Dean of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the American Guild of Organist, and is a active leader, workshop leader and recitalist.
Michael joined Summer Harmony at the beginning of the season as its accompanist. A recent graduate of Moravian College in Bethlehem with a degree in Music Composition, summa cum laude, Mike is very much at home with the boys of summer. As a composer, his choral work Midnight won the Bach Choir of Bethlehem’s Young Composers Competition in 2013; and his clarinet concerto, Visions Unbroken, written in memory of Allison Perno (daughter of Moravian Campus Safety Officer, Joseph Perno) premiered in November 2014. In addition to composition, his two summer research projects on a modern edition of Johann Adolf Hasse’s La Spartana Generosa have taken him to Leipzig, Germany and Vancouver, British Columbia.
In the fall of 2016, Mike will be attending Binghamton University (SUNY) for his Masters Degree in Music with a double major in composition and collaborative piano. He looks forward to teaching, perhaps at the college level in the not too distant future. We are delighted to have Mike as a member of the Summer Harmony family.
Kenneth Schneider is currently the Senior Organist and the Director of the Chancel Choir at Asbury Methodist Church in Allentown, where he also directs the Men’s Chorus. He is also a music teacher at Whitehall-Coplay Middle School. He also serves as the the organist/choir director for the Lehigh Consistory. A practitioner of Pennsylvania Dutch humor, Kenny is a graduate of William Allen High School and Temple University.
Kenny lists history, old cars, and hunting among his hobbies. He is married to Marcia and is the father of two children. When not directing Summer Harmony on stage, Ken sang with the ensemble and was the group’s principal accompanist.