The Masterworks Chorale
Kat Bowman is a collaborative pianist, organist, and vocal coach who performs in the greater Philadelphia area. She is the music director at St. Peter’s Pikeland UCC in Chester Springs, where she leads the senior choir and plays the organ, piano, and flute for services. She is one of the founding members of the church’s band, the Thin Line, which performs both in-house for church events and for the Chester Springs community.
Ms.Bowman received her bachelor’s degree in piano performance from the University of Maryland in 2005, and her master’s degree in opera coaching from Temple University in 2015, where she studied under NSO pianist Lambert Orkis. She is currently a faculty pianist at the University of the Arts in downtown Philadelphia, where she instructs, directs, and accompanies the Opera and Oratorio Ensemble. In addition to her training in opera and classical music, she is an experienced musical theater director, and coaches music and theater in the Lower Merion school district. She is the musical director for the Harriton High School Theater Company, where she has co-directed eight productions. She also accompanies for the Welsh Valley Middle School choral program.
This past spring, Ms. Bowman was acting musical director for the theater program at Eastern University in Wayne, where she also enjoys the opportunity to teach and accompany master classes in Eastern’s music department. In addition to her theater and teaching engagements, she is a recitalist in the Philadelphia area, performing in the St. Peter’s Concert Series, the KI Concert Series of the Reform Congregation Keneseth Israel in Jenkintown, and at the University of the Arts and Temple University for senior and graduate recitals. Ms.Bowman is pleased and honored to be the new Music Director for the Masterworks Chorale, and looks forward to many wonderful concerts in the future!
Many of you know that we suffered the grievous loss of our beloved Pat Montenegro,
our wonderfully talented, funny, and kind music director, on April 6, 2016. Many attended the
memorial mass and said that Pat would have loved the music which was offered by members of
the many groups of which he was a part.
Music Director Emerita
Carol Grey led The Masterworks Chorale for 25 years, from 1986-2011. Under her direction, the choir performed a wide range of repertoire, covering various musical periods, styles, and languages. Carol led the chorale in numerous concerts throughout the Delaware Valley. In addition to the chorale's regular concert series, Carol prepared The Masterworks Chorale for participation in three Generations concerts hosted by the Pennsylvania Youth Chorale, a joint concert with The Lower Merion High School Concert Choir, and participation in the Central Pennsylvania Choral Festival with guest conductor Fiora Contino.
Carol holds degrees in music from Temple University and the State University of New York at Buffalo. Her experiences include teaching music in the public schools, at Settlement Music School, and at the junior college level. She was the founding director of the Temple University Center City Chorus. As a singer, Carol was a member of Singing City Choir, the Temple University Concert Choir, and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale, among others. She currently leads Cantores, a Philadelphia, PA area vocal ensemble performing primarily a cappella choral music from the 15th through 21st centuries.