our artistic staff
S. Katherine Shealy
Director of Concordia Voices, Ariana Women’s Choir and Orpheus Men’s Choir
S. Katherine Shealy obtained her Bachelor of Music in Choral Music Education from the University of Delaware with Paul Head and her Master of Music in Choral Conducting from West Chester University with David DeVenney. During the summer of 2006, Ms. Shealy directed and led the Pennsylvania Academy of Performing Arts envoy of singers on a tour of four cities through China as part of the Fourth Annual Eric Whitacre International Choral Festival. Currently, she is the director of Concordia, co-founder and co-director of Chamber Choir, an advanced ensemble that specializes in outreach performances throughout the community, and the founder and director of Ariana Women’s Choir. Ms. Shealy serves as an active private voice instructor and educator in both Chester and Delaware counties.
Gail Habecker – Accompanist
Gail Habecker has been accompanying the choirs of Concordia Choral Arts since the summer of 2007. Born into a musical family, Gail has been playing piano since the age of four. During high school and college, she accompanied school and church choirs before graduating from Juniata College with an emphasis in vocal accompaniment. Since graduation, in addition to playing for Concordia, she has accompanied soloists, played in the Immaculata Symphony, and with other instrumental ensembles at chamber concerts of Immaculata University. Gail also regularly performs piano duets in the Chester County region with Gail Busch, where they are known as Gail x 2. Ms. Habecker is also a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She has a career in investment management and is part owner of StoneRidge PMG Advisors in West Conshohocken, PA. She lives in the Coatesville area with her husband, Perry, is a regular volunteer at the Chester County Library and enjoys reading, knitting, and quilting when she is not playing the piano.