Jeffrey R. Smith
Artistic Director and Conductor, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
An alumnus of Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Smith became Music Director in 2004 and has since led the choir on concert tours throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia. Under his direction, the choir has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Pennsylvania Ballet, Peter Nero and the Philly POPS, Opera Philadelphia and Curtis Institute. Venues have included the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Smith has led the group on local and national television including five consecutive annual appearances on “Good Morning America”. Many political dignitaries have been an audience to the choir, including foreign ambassadors, presidents and prime ministers, American ambassadors, and our own president, Barack Obama.
Smith is a 1999 summa cum laude graduate of Ithaca College with a Bachelor of Music in Composition. His original compositions and vocal/instrumental arrangements have been performed by various ensembles throughout the country, including the Toledo Symphony, York Theatre (NYC), Ocean City Pops and PhillyPOPS. As a pianist in much demand, Smith has played with the Philadelphia Orchestra, New Jersey Symphony, Philly POPS, and for several shows on and Off-Broadway. He is also assistant conductor for the Philly POPS.
John B. Stroud, Jr.
Associate Music Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
John Stroud is a highly sought after choral conductor and music instructor throughout the Delaware Valley. An alumnus of the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale, Stroud became Associate Music Director in 2001.
As Associate Director, Stroud spearheads the Beginning Cadet Program, our youngest children. A certified Kodaly instructor, Stroud is responsible for the many workshops and outreach programs provided in the community by the Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale. He is an expert in the choral music field with particular emphasis in the boychoir genre.
Stroud teaches full time at The Haverford School where he conducts 2 boychoirs in addition to his general middle school music classes. At Haverford, Stroud was honored with the Grace and Mahlon Buck Chair in Music and the
Performing Arts award (2010–2013) and the Preparing Boys for Life award (2014).
Stroud earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting at Temple University where he studied with Alan Harler and received the Elaine Brown Tribute Award for choral conducting in 2001. Stroud is a 2000 summa cum laude graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Music Education with a concentration in Voice where he studied conducting with Cyril Stretansky and Dr. Valerie Martin.
In addition, Stroud has served as the Artistic Director of the Media Chamber Chorale for over 15 years during which he has conducted many choral masterworks including Mozart’s Requiem, Brahms’ Nänie, Vivaldi’s Gloria and Bach’s Magnificat in D.
Executive Director, Philadelphia Boys Choir & Chorale
A native of Austria who has spent the majority of his career within the world of performing arts, Stephan has a background in marketing and business strategy as well as government affairs. A board member and past president of The Savoy Company, he has also served as president of TUS, the Association for Tolerance and Solidarity, an organization of expositions of young artists, concerts and an international students conference. He also serves as a Board Member of the Bruce Montgomery Foundation for the Arts.
Prior to joining PBCC, he served as a Director of Marketing Services for global market research leader TNS – first in the company’s US base in Horsham, PA, then in Canada. Stephan, a magna cum laude graduate of Villanova, also studied economics at the University of Economics in Vienna and law at the University of Vienna. He is also a graduate of the Lycée français de Vienne.