About the Choir
The forty five member choir from St. David’s Church in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, has been in existence since 1970. Director, Stephen Kowalchik, has been with the choir since 1978 and Assistant Director and Accompanist, Barbara Aughtmon, since 1977.
The choir sings at 11 a.m. Mass every Sunday from September through May, along with performing in concert on Christmas Eve and at a Good Friday service for deceased loved ones and members of the parish. They have performed extensively throughout the area. Performances have included the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale annual concert, the 150th year celebration of the Sisters of the Holy Redeemer, the Cantate Domino Choral Festival, the Willow Grove Ministerium’s annual concert, holiday concerts at Chestnut Hill Nursing Home and at St. Joseph’s Manor in Huntingdon Valley and the annual Anniversary Mass celebration at Sts. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Philadelphia.
Works they have performed include Schubert’s Mass in G, Gabriel Faure’s Requiem, John Rutter’s Requiem, selections from Mozart’s Requiem, and works from Handel’s Messiah and Cherubini’s Requiem Mass.
Mr. Kowalchik holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Duquesne University, a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Marywood College and a Masters in Music Education from Trenton State College. He is retired after serving as an elementary music teacher in the Abington School District for thirty four years. Ms. Aughtmon studied piano privately for 12 years, is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and has studied choral conducting at Westminster Choir College.