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. As Assistant Director, he 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.
Recently named the prestigious Buck Chair of Music, Stroud teaches music at The Haverford School in Haverford Pennsylvania. He is the Artistic Director of the Media Chamber Chorale in Media Pennsylvania. Stroud earned a Master of Music in choral conducting at Temple University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Susquehanna University. He has studied conducting with Cyril Stretansky, Valerie Martin, and Alan Harler.
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.