York County Honors Choirs, Inc.
PO Box 827 - York, Pennsylvania 17405
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Senior Honors Choir
Randy Yoder is a graduate of Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Science degree in music education, where he studied piano with Galen Deibler. At Westminster Choir College, he earned a Master of Music Degree in choral conducting, studying with Joseph Flummerfelt, and sang under the direction of Leonard Bernstein, James Levine and Pierre Boulez. At Berklee College of Music in Boston he did additional studies in jazz. Following 35 years as the choral director at Northeastern and William Penn High Schools and teacher of piano and music theory, Randy is currently the Director of Music at Eastminster Presbyterian Church in York, Director of the York County Senior Honors Choir and Concorde Vocal Ensemble, and adjunct professor of piano at York College of PA. He has led choruses in ten concert tours of Europe and Great Britain, and his choirs have performed in Notre Dame in Paris, St. Mark's in Venice, Canterbury Cathedral and the York Minster in England, the National Cathedral in Washington and Carnegie Hall in New York. Randy is a guest conductor for choral festivals, accompanist for numerous vocal recitals and has been awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Music Composition for public television WITF-TV's production of "Historic Pennsylvania." Randy is the Past President of the Pennsylvania American Choral Directors Association.

Michal Buchanan earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education with an emphasis on piano from Asbury College in Wilmore, KY studying under the direction of Margaret Therkelsen. At Millersville University she earned a Master of Education degree. Presently she is the Director of Choirs in grades 4 – 12 for the School District of the City of York. Along with being the Resource Specialist for Music, Art and Phys. Ed. for the school district, she has taught general music, public and private piano lessons and directed public school choirs for 32 years. In the past, Michal designed and taught summer music camps for the LIU #12 for 10 years. She has also directed adult and children’s choirs in area local churches. Michal is the Assistant Director and Accompanist of the York County Senior Honors Choir.
York County Senior Honors Choir, now in its 22nd year, is an advanced, auditioned community youth choir, comprised of 100 singers in grades 10-12, selected from 20 public and private school districts, homeschools, churches, or voice studios of York County, PA. The choir has received accolades for its fine performances to audiences in a variety of venues each year, including the United Nations, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, St. Patrick's Cathedral, St. Paul’s Chapel, and Carnegie Hall in New York, Canterbury Cathedral and the York Minster in England, Washington National Cathedral, and at Oriole Park at Camden Yards in Baltimore. Since their first concert in 1999 for the 250th Anniversary Celebration of the founding of York County, the choir has celebrated the county's rich diversity through the voices of its youth.

Concorde Vocal Ensemble, a smaller ensemble chosen by audition from York County Senior Honors Choir, performed from 2010 to 2020. Concorde was chosen from a nationwide competition as one of two high school choirs to perform in the National High School Choral Festival at Carnegie Hall in 2011 and was one of only twenty choirs chosen from ten Northeastern states to sing for the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference in Providence, RI in 2012. In 2013, the Ensemble joined with Deer Creek Chorale to perform Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna” and again in 2015 performing “The World Beloved, A Bluegrass Mass.” The members of Concorde represented their schools as some of the best young musicians in York County, PA.

More than just a choir, this unique collaboration with choral directors, private music instructors, and families from all over York County, gives students the opportunity to share their talents with others who have the same love of music, higher level of dedication, and desire for excellence. As the students return to their home schools and neighborhoods, they serve as leaders and positive role models, and develop an appreciation for community involvement that extends beyond their school years.

York County Honors Choirs is organized and maintained by a volunteer Board of Directors that is responsible for managing the choirs’ operations, fundraising, and marketing efforts. York County businesses, grants, sponsors, and private patrons support the group financially. Please visit our website “Support Us” page to make a valuable donation to the future of our choirs.
York County Honors Choirs YouTube Channel
York County Senior Honors Choir 2020-21
 Senior Honors Choir Directors 1998-2020
Choral Workshop with Dr. James Jordan, professor and senior conductor at Westminster Choir College
All Concert CDs 
See Student Center Page for Registration and Audition Process 
and to register for Senior Honors Choir
Choral Adjudication at Queens College, New York 
Hope Allen, West York 
Madison Appel, Red Lion
Toni Bell, Central York
Laura Biscoe, Central York
Luke Brosi, Lancaster Country Day
Ainsley Buia, Central York
Shana Carey, Red Lion
Grace Carpenter, Dover
Alyssa Colon, West York
Peter Cote', York Suburban
Alyssa Crane, Central York
Kirstin Crone, Red Lion
Emily Danczyk, York Catholic
Owen Davis, Dover
Zoey Deel, West York
Kelsey Diener, South Western
Rachael Eckenrode, Northeastern 
Lydia Eifert, Dover
Seth Erdley, Northeastern 
Aidan Fraser, Central York
Sophie Fraser, York Catholic
Emma Gaetjen, West York
Gianna Gartner, Northeastern
Jordan Gipe, Eastern York
Oliver Givens, York Suburban
Haley Glezer, Christian School of York
James Herman, Northeastern 
Holly Hinchcliff, Central York
Natalie Huber, Spring Grove
Holly Jacobs, West York
James Johnson, Eastern York
Nigel Joseph, Dallastown
Anna Jowanowitch, Eastern York
Corinthia Kessler, Central York
An Lai, Central York
Caitlyn Laird, Dover
Bryce Logan, Red Lion
Ni'lee Mariche, York City
Duncan McQueen, Red Lion
Caleb Metzler, Lancaster Mennonite

Aidan Miller, York County School of Technology
James Moyer, Central York
Jordyn Myers, York Suburban
Jared Olewiler, York County School of Technology
Corinne Oswald, York Catholic
Joseph Patterson, Homeschool
Isabella Perez, Christian School of York
Rebekah Printz, Northern York
Robert Repp lll, Dover
Brenna Richard, Central York
Joseph Rizzuto, York Catholic
Rachel Rohrbaugh, Homeschool
Skylar Sanders, Eastern York
Lexi Sanderson, West York
Bethany Sauder, Central York
Florence Schaumann, Lancaster Country Day
Nikolaus Schneider, Dallastown
Molly Schroeder, Central York
Owen Schroeder, South Western
Megan Shorb, York Suburban
Anna Smith, Dallastown
Kylie Smith, West York
Carson Snelbaker, Dover
Kylie Snelbaker, Dover
Collin Snyder, Dallastown
Bailie Spangler, Northeastern
Nathaneil Spigelmyer, Eastern York
Corey Strayer, Dallastown
Kathryn Tomassone, West York
Abigail Trembly, Dallastown  
Sam Trumble, Dallastown 
Joshua Urbain, South Western
Thomas Wakeland, Red Lion
Sarah Weller, Red Lion
Rachael Wertz, Northeastern
Olivia White, West York
Abbie Wood, Eastern York
Noah Youcheff, York Suburban
Helen Zardus, Dallastown

Fall Concert at St. Paul's York, PA
 Senior Honors Choir Artistic Director 
Carlos Casilla graduated (summa cum laude) with a Master’s Degree in choral conducting from Louisiana State University, where he studied with Dr. John Dickson. Prior to that he received his Bachelor of Music degree (cum laude) from William Carey University in Mississippi where he studied both piano and voice. In addition to being an accomplished conductor, Carlos has appeared as a baritone/bass soloist in both musical theater and classical performances and has been a versatile church musician as well as a studio piano and voice instructor. 

Casilla currently serves as Director of Choirs at The Shipley School in Bryn Mawr, PA where he is also 11th Grade Academic Dean. His role in shaping the future of the students under his care has received high praise from both the faculty and administration, and the choral program under his leadership has grown in both size and quality.

Carlos was born in the Dominican Republic, where he received his early training in piano and voice. Fluent in Spanish, he looks forward to deepening the Senior Honors Choir’s connection and resonance with diverse communities in the area. While he intends to continue many of the traditions that have helped to make this choir a source of civic pride in York, he looks forward to introducing new repertoire, new avenues of expression and new techniques to deliver the quality training and excellent musical results that are the hallmarks of the York County Senior Honors Choir.