Band Director: Robert "Robbie" Oldroyd
Robert Oldroyd is a native of Troy, Pennsylvania. He graduated from the Ithaca College School of Music, summa cum laude, with a degree in Music Education and Horn Performance. For five years, Mr. Oldroyd was the high school band director of the Dryden Central School District.
He currently serves as the secondary band director of the International School of Dongguan, China, teaching courses in band and International Baccalaureate Music.
From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Oldroyd acted as the founding conductor of the Troy Town Band and its ensembles. He now serves as the Committee Chairman and Conductor of the Endless Mountain Choral Society. Mr. Oldroyd performs frequently with professional bands and orchestras in Pennsylvania and Central New York and at music festivals all over the United States. Mr. Oldroyd currently serves as the organist and choir director of the First Presbyterian Church of Troy, PA.
Chorus Director: Jen Rafferty
Jen is currently the Chair of the Cortland Music Department in Cortland, NY and teaches middle school choir, general music and high school modern band. In her tenure at Cortland she has been recognized for her passion and excellence in teaching, receiving the regional Apple for the Teacher Award and the Cortland Peer Recognition Award. Her commitment to education has taken her to a national platform working with other teachers and music departments to share best practices in the classroom and department organization.
As a strong advocate for school music, she is very involved in the New York State School Music Association (NYSSMA) serving as the Co-chair of the Secondary Classroom Committee, President of Cortland County Music Teachers Association, vocal adjudicator and participates in the vocal solo manual committee. You can find her publications in NYSSMA’s School Music News and the New York State Middle School Association (NYSMSA) publication, In Transition. She also contributes to the Alfred Music blog, writing about practical ideas for the classroom and rehearsal. Her book A Place in the Staff: Finding Your Way as a Music Teacher is now available on Amazon. Learn more about Jen at jenraffery.com!
Chorus Accompanist: Dolores Brooks
Dolores Brooks is retired from Marathon Schools following an over thirty year career teaching English and acting as musical director of the theater program. She enjoys playing the piano now for fun and as the musician of the Presbyterian Church in Marathon. Dolores and her husband Rick (a retired Marathon history teacher) enjoy taking trips to visit their two grown children in NYC and Boston and planning vacations to Disney World as often as they can.
Board of Directors
The ensembles and staff are managed by a board of volunteers who meet monthly throughout the year to ensure summer music-making. New volunteers are always welcome! The board officers for 2020-2021 are as follows:
President: Suzanne Scheuring
Vice President: David Cutter
Treasurer: Cathy Whalen
Secretary: Corey Earle