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Andrew Lutz-Long

Artistic Director

Andrew Lutz-Long is Director of Music Ministries at Trinity Lutheran Church, Perkasie, PA since July 2007. He arrived at Trinity after graduating from Lebanon Valley College, Annville, PA with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music with a concentration in church music and administration. While at LVC, Drew reorganized and directed a Chapel Choir that sang at traditional Chapel services and appeared in local tours in the region. He also served as a drum major to the Lebanon Valley College Marching Band in 2005.

At Trinity, Drew oversees the choir programs for each age level, directs the hand-bell choir, and oversees the Trinity Concert Series, a music outreach of the congregation. The Trinity Chancel Choir regularly leads worship during the program year, and the additional groups participate on a rotating schedule. The youngest choir program was recently shifted to include all students participating in the Sunday School program. The full-time staff of Trinity also offer monthly “chapel time” programs for the 100 children cared for as part of the TLC Child Care Center, housed in Trinity’s walls year-round, caring for children from infancy through kindergarten.

In 2009, Drew was invited to join the staff of the Valley Choral Society, Pennsburg, PA, as Assistant Director and serve as an accompanist. He served this role working with Patricia Conrad as Artistic Director until the summer of 2018 when Drew was offered the directorship.

Since fall of 2015, Drew serves as Chapel Organist at Muhlenberg College in Egner Chapel. In this role, he helps plan worship for the Christian community gathering weekly on Sundays, and assists at other special campus events especially concerts involving organ accompaniment. Drew is also a part of the Worship Team for the Southeastern PA Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, helping to plan specific worship events in the Synod as well as playing piano and organ during those services.

Mary Beth Penjuke

Assistant Director

Mary Beth Penjuke holds a Masters degree in Education from Cabrini University, a Bachelors degree in Music Education from Lebanon Valley College, and a Level 1 Orff Teaching certificate from the University of the Arts. She is a music teacher for the Pennridge Area School District where the music staff has been recognized as a “best community for music education” for three consecutive years by NAMM, a national music organization. Since 2008, she has taught instrumental, vocal, and general music classes to students in grades K-8 at various elementary and middle schools in the district. In addition to her teaching duties, she has directed the elementary honors band, initiated a summer band program, and is a 2018 recipient of a Pennridge Community Education Foundation grant.

Penjuke is a member of the Dutch Country Players (DCP) in Montgomery County where she was last seen as Joy, the lead in the regional premiere of Sean Grennan’s “The Tin Woman.” Other prominent roles include Janet McKenzie in “Witness for the Prosecution” and Joan Daly in “The Snowball.” At DCP she has served as an assistant director and a vocal coach for various Family Theatre productions including “The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe” and “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever.” For the last three summers, she has served as a co-director for Camp Bravo at the Doylestown Conservatory of Music, directing, choreographing and staging “Aladdin Jr”, “Suessical the Musical Jr” and “Broadway Now.”

Sue Ellen Echard

Accompanist

Sue Ellen Echard, MM, BS, BMus, is Choir Master and Organist at Church of the Holy Spirit, Episcopal, Harleysville, PA serving there for 17 years. Over her career she has worked as choral director, workshop leader, Kindermusik® teacher, recitalist and teacher of organ and piano. She has been a member of the Philadelphia AGO for over 30 years and was recently elected to the executive committee of the Philadelphia Chapter. She specializes in choir and community building and was recruited early in the founding of Church of Holy Spirit to build music, arts and youth programs. The intention of growing this new parish was focused on well done music and liturgy through use of the Royal School of Church Music resources. Under her leadership, the choirs have grown to over 60 youth and adult participants in singing, instrumental and handbell choirs. The church continues to grow and thrive. In recent years, Sue Ellen led choral residencies at Bristol Winchester and Lincoln Cathedrals in England and is currently preparing for a residency at Exeter in 2022. Sue Ellen has served on the music staff of Bel Canto Children’s Chorus and the Royal School of Church Music at the King’s College Course in Wilkes-Barre.

Sue Ellen’s career has been broad and comprehensive serving churches in the Episcopal, Catholic, Presbyterian, Reformed and Evangelical traditions. She holds a Bachelor of Science in theology and Bachelor of Music in Church Music from Cairn University and a Master of Sacred Music Degree from Westminster Choir College where she studied organ with Eugene Roan and choral conducting with Allen Crowell and Andrew Megill. She completed further studies in choral conducting at the Choral Institute at Oxford in 2017 and 2019.