Staff and Board
Kathryn Barnard, Master of Music | General & Artistic Director
Kathryn Barnard graduated from Concordia New York with degrees in Church Music and Piano Performance and received her Master’s of Music from the University of Texas. She then taught at the Peabody Preparatory School in Baltimore while studying vocal development at Westminster Choir College and the Eastman School of Music. Mrs. Barnard has conducted numerous children’s, youth and adult ensembles in Baltimore, Buffalo, and Pittsburgh. She makes her home in Forest Hills, Pennsylvania where she lives with her family.
Mrs. Barnard leads Concentio, Chamber and Via choirs and supervises all outreach and education classes. You can read about her adventures of music education here
Emily Swora, Kodaly Certified Choral Educator | Melodia, Harmonia, Women’s Choir and Hope Academy Outreach
Emily Swora is a human being who lives in Pittsburgh, PA and works as a Music Teacher for the Pittsburgh School for the Choral Arts (formerly Oakland Girls Choir). She is passionate about music, theater, arts education, engagement, and human interaction. She graduated from Goshen College in 2009, receiving a B.A. in Music & Theater. Ms. Swora’s recent greatest accomplishments include directing a short and ridiculous play called “The Elements of Style,” written by Paul Kruse and Luke Niebler, and riding her bicycle from Pittsburgh to Washington, D.C.
Erin Schmura | Choral Administrator
Erin Schmura is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music and recently received both her Masters of Music and AMS Certificate from the Carnegie Mellon School of Music. Outside of performance, Erin is a Teaching Artist for both the Pittsburgh Opera’s “Opera Trunk” Team and the Pittsburgh Symphony’s “Meet the Maestro” Program. Erin maintains a private studio in Mt. Lebanon and teaches voice lessons at Johnstonbaugh’s Music Center.
Barbara Moore | Bookkeeper
Barbara Moore is the mother of one of the founding members of the Oakland Girls Choirs, Kimberlee.
Paula Clemens, Chair
Kathryn Barnard, Artistic Director
John Barnard, Secretary
Rebecca Radcliffe, Treasurer
Board Members Emeritus
Brenda Bakker Harger
The Reverend Paul Johnston
Douglas P. Spence, Esq