Sue Ellen Echard, MM, BS, BMus, is Choir Master and Organist at Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, Harleysville, PA serving there for 17 years. Over her career she has worked as choral director, workshop leader, Kindermusik® teacher, recitalist and teacher of organ and piano. She has been a member of the Philadelphia AGO for over 30 years and was recently elected to the executive committee of the Philadelphia Chapter. She specializes in choir and community building and was recruited early in the founding of Church of Holy Spirit to build music, arts and youth programs. The intention of growing this new parish was focused on well done music and liturgy through use of the Royal School of Church Music resources. Under her leadership, the choirs have grown to over 60 youth and adult participants in singing, instrumental and handbell choirs. The church continues to grow and thrive. In recent years, Sue Ellen led choral residencies at Bristol and Winchester Cathedrals in England and is currently preparing for a residency at Lincoln Cathedral in 2018. Sue Ellen has served on the music staff of Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and the Royal School of Church Music at the King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre.
Sue Ellen’s career has been broad and comprehensive serving churches in the Episcopal, Catholic, Presbyterian, Reformed and Evangelical traditions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in theology and Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Cairn University and a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Westminster Choir College where she studied organ with Eugene Roan and choral conducting with Allen Crowell and Andrew Megill.