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John T. McDonnell  co-founded the Pennsbury Community Chorus in September 2000, together with James D. Moyer.

Mr. McDonnell was the Director of Choral Music in the Pennsbury School District for 34 years until his retirement in January of 2003.  In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Mr. McDonnell served as Coordinator of Vocal Music in the Pennsbury Schools for twelve years.  His outstanding career as a music educator includes having developed skills-based curricula for K-12 music, music theory, and choral music, as well as serving as a mentor and peer coach for numerous teachers.  He also served as cooperating teacher for numerous student teachers from Westminster Choir College and The College of New Jersey.  He has held various offices in the Pennsbury Education Association, including President, and attended numerous state, regional, and national conferences of the MENC and ACDA.

John received his Masters of Music degree in Choral Conducting at The College of New Jersey, where he taught Women’s Ensemble and Student Teaching, Music.  He has served on the adjunct faculty of Westminster Choir College.

Mr. McDonnell has received such prestigious honors as the Distinguished Humanitarian Award for Heroism, which was presented by the Pennsbury School District Board of School Directors, and the Distinguished Music Alumnus Award, presented by West Chester University.  In addition, Mr. McDonnell was invited by the National Choral Council to conduct a portion of the “Messiah Sing” in Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center, and he has also conducted several Pennsbury Choirs selected for appearances at PMEA and MENC conferences.  He was invited to conduct the Middle School Honor Chorus at the 2005 Bucks County Music Educators Association festival.

John T. McDonnell