Executive Board

Brad Hess
president @ pgmc.org
   Vice President
& Chairman, Fundraising Events
Paul Fontaine
vicepres @ pgmc.org
fundraising @ pgmc.org
John Moore
secretary @ pgmc.org 
& Chairman, Finance
Fred Lopez
treasurer @ pgmc.org
   Chairman, Development
J. Blaine Bonham, Jr.
development @ pgmc.org
   Chairman, Marketing
Steve Quinn
marketing @ pgmc.org
   Chairman, Membership
Adam Funck
membership @ pgmc.org
   Chairman, Outreach
Thom Wolfinger
outreach @ pgmc.org
Stephanie "Sam" Fleetman
Steven Winokur

Artistic Director - Joseph J. Buches

    Joseph J. Buches was appointed the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in September 2004.

Mr. Buches received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester PA, where he studied voice with Dr. Raymond Friday.  At Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Mr. Buches studied voice with Kim L. Renas, Jack Wilcocks and Jolene Jeffers, and organ with Dr. Kent Hill.

He has done extensive graduate work in conducting at Mansfield University under Dr. Peggy Dettwiler and at Westminster Choir College under Dr. James Jordan. Mr. Buches has also done extensive study in the field of Music Technology through the University of the Arts at Villanova University.

Mr. Buches has served as the Director of Choral Music at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA since 1998.  Mr. Buches served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Music from 1998-2014. Mr. Buches also serves as music director at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia. He has also served as adjunct vocal music faculty member at Penn State University, Delaware County Campus.

Mr. Buches has performed as a core singer with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under the direction of Alan Harler, as well as featured soloist with local area choruses.

Mr. Buches holds professional memberships with the American Choral Directors' Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association.

Mr. Buches serves on the board of directors for GALA Choruses.

Joseph Buches can be contacted at director @ pgmc.org.

Collaborative Accompanist - Tim Ribchester

Tim Ribchester Tim Ribchester was appointed the Collaborative Accompanist of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in August 2014. Previously, Mr. Ribchester served as an alternate rehearsal and concert pianist for the Chorus.

Active as a conductor and vocal coach, Mr. Ribchester serves on the faculties of the Academy of Vocal Arts, Russian Opera Workshop and Bryn Mawr Conservatory. He is the current Music Director of the Delaware County Symphony and held the same position at Delaware Valley Opera Company from 2009-2013. He is a regular guest conductor with Orchestra Society of Philadelphia and Concert Operetta Theater. In addition to maintaining a private vocal coaching studio, he appears regularly with Opera Philadelphia and members of the Philadelphia Orchestra in recital. He has performed in duo and chamber ensemble at the Bryant Park Fall Festival, Five Boroughs Music Festival, Cleveland Art Song Festival, Philadelphia Fringe, Usdan Center Long Island, Phillips Collection Washington DC, and Philadelphia International Music Festival.

Mr. Ribchester was born in Denver, Colorado in 1979, raised near Edinburgh, Scotland, and studied piano and cello during high school. He went on to obtain First Class Honors in Music at Oxford University while studying conducting and piano privately at the Royal College of Music, London. Other training included studies in piano, counterpoint and choral singing at La Schola Cantorum, Paris, and an intensive workshop in tango music performance practice at the Academia Nacional del Tango, Buenos Aires as part of his research on the music of Astor Piazzolla, which he continues to perform with NYC’s renowned tango musicians. From 2006-2009 he was founding Music Director of the Eakins Vocal Consort, a select chamber choir, and taught music theory, music history, and critical writing on music at the University of Pennsylvania from 2002-2012. Also a video director and advisor for classical music simulcasts, he has served in this role for Opera Philadelphia, Philadelphia Orchestra, Longwood Gardens, and RCN television.

Tim Ribchester can be contacted at pianist @ pgmc.org.

Organization Coordinator Patrick Ressler

PatrickRessler Patrick Ressler was appointed the Organization Coordinator of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in January 2014.

Patrick holds a degree in Vocal Music Education from Goshen College, in Goshen, Indiana, where they studied composition with Lee Dengler and Jorge Muñiz. Upon graduating, Patrick served as the Youth Festival Coordinator for the 2012 GALA Choruses Festival in Denver, Colorado.

A native of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Patrick has sung with professional ensembles, worked as a theatrical composer/sound designer and just completed their first solo album. In addition to musical and theatrical hobbies, Patrick is active in circles of LGBTQ advocacy in the Mennonite Church.

Patrick Ressler can be contacted at pressler @ pgmc.org.

Production Manager – Casey Conan

Casey Conan Casey Hansen Conan is a freelance stage and production manager located in Philadelphia.  In addition to acting as the production manager for PGMC, she is the seasonal stage manager and casting assistant for Terror Behind the Walls at Eastern State Penitentiary.  Other local stage management credits include Empress of the Moon (Capital Fringe Festival),  Pippin (The Eagle Theatre), Cats (The Ritz Theatre), and Corpus Christie (Reactive Rep).  Casey is currently completing her Master's Degree in Arts Administration at Drexel University, with a focus on crisis communications.

Casey can be reached at production @ pgmc.org
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