Nathan Gulla earned his Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from Ithaca College in 2009 and his Master of Music Degree in Piano Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park in 2013 where he specialized in Contemporary American piano works. In addition to his piano studies, he has studied Composition extensively and continues to write new music. His Fantasy for Trumpet Ensemble is to premiere later this year in Boston, and his debut album of epic orchestral music is also set for a 2018 release.
Nathan has gained collaborative experience through his participation in various ensemble types, including Wind Ensembles, Symphony and Chamber Orchestras, Piano Chamber Ensembles, Choirs, UMD’s Gamer Symphony Orchestra, and as an accompanist for multiple vocal and instrumental performances. Currently, he performs with the Allentown Symphony Orchestra as well as the men’s chorus, Summer Harmony, and looks forward to future collaboration with these and other organizations
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.