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Artistic Director Emery DeWitt

Emery DeWitt is the founder (in 2003) and Artistic Director of Musical Associates. From 2004-2021, he was Director of Music at Lancaster Church of the Brethren, where he administered the traditional music programs and conducted the adult ensembles. He also created and administered the popular Starlight Tea Concert Series, which offers seven concerts annually at the church.


He is also Associate Conductor of the Wheatland Chorale, and sings in that group’s bass section.


Emery earned the Bachelor of Music degree in Music Theory in 1978 from Mississippi College, graduating with special distinction and with high honors in the Honors Program. Beginning in 2002, he spent two years in residence at the Pennsylvania State University, earning a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting. While at Penn State, he studied conducting with Lynn Drafall, and served as assistant conductor of both the University Choir (working with Tony Leach) and the Glee Club (working with Bruce Trinkley). In addition, in 1991 Emery earned a Master of Science degree in Computer Science from Villanova University. From 1986 through 2001, he was Manager of Information Systems at Amerimax Home Products, a manufacturing firm in Lancaster, PA.

In addition to his duties as a conductor, Emery recently retired as an oboist after having played several seasons with Allegro: The Chamber Orchestra of Lancaster. He studied oboe with Jeffrey O’Donnell, Timothy Hurtz and Jill Marchione Hoffman. Emery lives in Lancaster, PA, with his lovely wife, the pianist and harpsichordist Mary Ellen DeWitt .

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