Artistic Staff

Jason Throne · Founder & Artistic Director

Jason Throne received his Bachelor of Music in Music Education at Temple University. While teaching in Baltimore, he studied conducting under the direction of Edward Polochick, the Director of the Baltimore Symphony Chorus, and performed with the Baltimore Symphony and Chamber Chorus. After receiving his Masters in Choral Conducting at Temple University, Mr. Throne was Apprentice and Program Editor with Berkshire Choral International (in Great Barrington, Massachusetts), where he lectured on the choral music of Brahms and Bach, as well as music technology.

Mr. Throne has worked with renowned conductors including Robert Page, Vance George, Joseph Flummerfelt, Marvin Hamlisch, John Rutter and David Zinman. As Assistant Conductor of the Bucks County Choral Society, he performed and conducted the group during their tour of Estonia and Russia. Mr. Throne is Choral Director at Unionville High School where he leads five different award-winning choirs. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in June 2010, with the UHS Chorale, performing in the New York City premiere of a work by Grammy Award-winning artist and conductor, Eric Whitacre.

A champion of new music, Mr. Throne strongly believes in supporting modern composers — masterminding concert showcases and workshops with the likes of Norway’s Ola Gjeilo, and most recently, popular English virtuoso, Will Todd. He has also commissioned many local composers, including: Thomas Lloyd, David Bennett Thomas, and John Conahan. For the BVC’s tenth anniversary, he enterprised a new composition from acclaimed Scandinavian maestro, Kim André Arnesen. Mr. Throne lives in Lancaster with his wife, Beth, and four children Daniel, Sophia, Madison and Oliver.

Leon Spencer · Assistant Director

Leon Spencer received a Bachelor of Music Education degree from Muskingum University in New Concord, Ohio. When attending Westminster Choir College in Princeton, he pursued coursework in vocal pedagogy and studied choral conducting with the late Joseph Flummerfelt.

While living in Ohio, he was the Director of Music for the Second Presbyterian Church (Newark, Ohio). He also served as a public school music teacher and choral clinician for several churches and educational facilities in the Columbus area.

Since returning to Chester County, Pennsylvania in 1991, he has served as choir director for churches in Coatesville, Kennett Square and New London. He is currently co-owner of Pro Musica Studio and serves in a variety of civic capacities. Mr. Spencer was mayor of Kennett Square from 1999 to 2010.

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Linda Lorgus · Accompanist

Linda Young Lorgus retired as the Music Director and Organist at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville, Pennsylvania where she led an active choral and handbell choir program for twelve years. Prior to St. Michael, she was Principal Organist and Handbell Director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Pennsylvania. This extensive church and handbell experience led Ms. Lorgus to her current position as Church Music and Handbell Editor at J.W. Pepper, Inc., the world’s largest sheet music distributor.

Ms. Lorgus is also a freelance accompanist, working not only with the Brandywine Valley Chorale, but with several vocal studios and regional high school choral programs. She holds a music degree from Westminster College in New Wilmington, Pennsylvania, where she majored in piano and organ performance.

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to foster and share the art of choral music, as well as serve the Brandywine Valley community, through the pursuit of musical excellence in a wide variety of repertoire and performance opportunities.