Doctor David Shockey,
Director of Chancel Choir
David M. Shockey is an adjunct faculty member (voice) in the School of Music at Cairn University. Now semi-retired – after a 43-year career in education (35 at Cairn University) – he conducted the University Chorale and the University Chamber Singers. Duties also included teaching diction (French, German, Italian, Latin and English), Vocal Literature, Choral Literature, Choral Conducting, Vocal Pedagogy, Class Voice and music theory. At present, he teaches private voice at Cairn University. He earned a B.S. in Music education from Roberts Wesleyan College, a M.M. in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music and a D.M.A. in Vocal Performance from The Ohio State University. In February 1996 he was guest conductor of the Pennsylvania District 11 High School Choir, held at Neshaminy High School. That summer he sang the lead role in multiple performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute” for the Rome Festival Association in Rome, Italy. In March 2018 he was guest conductor of the Bucks County Music Educators Association High School Choral Festival, held at William Tennent High School. He serves as an adjudicator at multiple venues in the field of choral and vocal music. Since 1977 he has been associated with the Csehy Summer School of Music – first as a faculty member, now as Chairman of the Board. With his wife, he is co-director of music at the First Baptist Church of Haddonfield, New Jersey.
Organist and Director of Carol Choir
A native of Ontario, Canada, Eleanor holds degrees from Roberts Wesleyan College, the Royal Conservatory of Toronto, and the University of Toronto. She has been a church organist for fifty years and taught piano for the same, most notably at the Csehy Summer School of Music and at Cairn University as part-time faculty. She has performed as a pianist and as organist throughout the northeast, recently soloing with the Newtown Chamber Orchestra, then with the Cairn University Orchestra, in Francis Poulenc’s Concerto for Organ, Tympani, and String Orchestra. She has accompanied her husband, David in bi-annual faculty recitals over their forty-six years of marriage. The Shockeys have four married children and 14 grandchildren.
Director of Handbells
Bob Gardner became a member of the First Baptist Church over forty years ago. He has been active in the music ministry here since childhood. His introduction to handbells in Junior High Bell Choir sparked an interest that developed into a calling. In addition to his musical experience in the local communities as a pianist, organist, and harpist, Bob rings professionally with the Philadelphia Handbell Ensemble. He and his high school sweetheart, Sherry, a singer of course, were married at First Baptist, raised two children here, and recently added a son-in-law with a wedding at First Baptist.