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Meet Our Team


Sam Barge

Executive & Artistic Director

A conductor, arranger and lifelong choral singer, Sam has always found his home in the choral space. He grew up harmonizing with his family in Marietta, GA, and later earned his B.M. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and his M.M. in Choral Conducting at Temple University. He believes choral music is an unrivaled medium to forge lifelong bonds, deepen our capacity for self-expression, and transform communities—and he feels honored to teach and learn from the talented, passionate singers of BYC.

Please reach out with questions and suggestions about our program, collaborative opportunities and more by emailing Sam at

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Sarah Hilpmann

Director of Choristers

Sarah Kreider is overjoyed to be the new Choristers Director for BYC! She was a BYC singer from 2003 to 2013, and was a BYC Summer Sing intern while she was in college from 2014 to 2017. Sarah holds a B.M. in Music Education from Elizabethtown College and a M.M. in Music Education with an Autism Concentration from Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Sarah currently teaches K-4 general music and 4th-grade chorus in the Schuylkill Valley School District, where she also is the assistant music director for the high school musicals each spring. “Miss Kreider” is so excited to grow, learn and SING with an awesome group of 3rd and 4th graders!

Board of Directors

Mark Merolla, Board Chair
Jeanette Fotis, Vice Chair
Victoria L. Piscitelli, CPA, Treasurer

Heather Hafer, Secretary
William Cotter

Allison McMillan

Derrick Thompson

Liz Toigo

Our Advisory Board

Bruce Bengtson

Andrew Constantine

Greg Funfgeld

Vicki Haller Graff

Christine Jordanoff

James Litton

Emma Jane Maurer

Joseph Smith

Gianfranco Toso, M.D.

Karen Tripolitis

Dr. Valerie Trollinger

Judith Willoughby

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