Gayle believes that music has the power to connect people of all ages and backgrounds in a meaningful way. A former soloist with Philomusica Chorale, Gayle became director at Dr. Mardia Melroy’s retirement from the Chorale in 2005. Under her leadership, Philomusica has added several new dimensions to community music-making: themed concerts that explore various aspects of the human condition, unique collaborations with other community arts organizations, and new works by local composers.
Gayle earned a master’s degree in music from Temple University. In addition to her work with Philomusica, Gayle created the Philadelphia Women’s Music Project – a musical vision that includes a women’s chorale, support for girl choir members and a composer’s consortium. Gayle serves as Director of Music at Willow Grove United Methodist Church. She also gives private studio lessons in voice, piano, clarinet, theory and composition. Young students learn to compose their own music – and Gayle has published their work in a three-volume set of Halloween Songs – By Kids For Kids.
A composer in her own right, Gayle’s Sacred Service, an extended work for chorus, soloists and instrumental ensemble, premiered in June 2010 with Philomusica Chorale. It was performed at the Philadelphia Free Library as part of the World Meeting of Families and the Philadelphia visit of Pope Francis in 2015.
GAYLE WIEAND, ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
PATRICIA HALLMAN, ACCOMPANIST
Patricia Hallman has served as accompanist for Philomusica Chorale for 20 years. Pat is a retired vocal music and string instrument teacher in the Upper Merion Area School District and works in area churches as a substitute and interim organist. She holds a degree in music from Susquehanna University.