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Joseph J. Buches

Artistic Director

The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

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The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

1315 Spruce Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,19107

United States

Company Description

2006 - PGMC makes its Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts debut with a 25th Anniversary concert featuring the premiere of its first exclusively commissioned work, "Open Road," based on the poetry of Walt Whitman, and composed by Robert Maggio, and a CD relea... more.

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Background Information

Employment History

Music Director

Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion


Organist

Girard College


District Vice President

Pennsylvania Music Educators Association


Music Department Chair

The Episcopal Academy


Affiliations

Penn State Limited

Adjunct Vocal Music Faculty Member


GALA Choruses Inc

Board Member


Education

Mansfield University


Villanova University


Westminster Choir College


vocal and choral music

West Chester University


Web References(33 Total References)


Staff | Philadelphia Gay Mens Chorus

www.pgmc.org [cached]

Artistic Director - Joseph J. Buches
Joseph J. Buches was appointed the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in September 2004. Mr. Buches received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester PA, where he studied voice with Dr. Raymond Friday. At Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Mr. Buches studied voice with Kim L. Renas, Jack Wilcocks and Jolene Jeffers, and organ with Dr. Kent Hill. Mr. Buches has also done extensive study in the field of Music Technology through the University of the Arts at Villanova University. Mr. Buches has served as the Director of Choral Music at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA from 1998-2014, and Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Music from 2000-2014. In addition, he has served as adjunct vocal music faculty member at Penn State University, Delaware County Campus. Mr. Buches currently serves as music director/organist at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia, and organist at Girard College, Philadelphia. Mr. Buches has performed as a core singer with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under the direction of Alan Harler, as well as featured soloist with local area choruses. Mr. Buches has served on the board of directors for GALA Choruses. Mr. Buches can be contacted at director@pgmc.org.


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FYF 035 : Focus on the mission, with Joe Buches
Join Joe Buches, director of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus as he talks about growing his organization from 30 singers in 2004 to over 150 in 2015 by making his audience and the choir's mission the top priority. Joseph J. Buches was appointed the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in September 2004. Mr. Buches received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester PA, where he studied voice with Dr. Raymond Friday. At Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Mr. Buches studied voice with Kim L. Renas, Jack Wilcocks and Jolene Jeffers, and organ with Dr. Kent Hill. Mr. Buches has also done extensive study in the field of Music Technology through the University of the Arts at Villanova University. Mr. Buches has served as the Director of Choral Music at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA since 1998. Mr. Buches served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Music from 1998-2014. Mr. Buches also serves as music director at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia. He has also served as adjunct vocal music faculty member at Penn State University, Delaware County Campus. Mr. Buches has performed as a core singer with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under the direction of Alan Harler, as well as featured soloist with local area choruses. Mr. Buches holds professional memberships with the American Choral Directors' Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association. Mr. Buches serves on the board of directors for GALA Choruses. The moment you knew you'd dedicate your life to music Joe was 5-years-old when his dad, an organist, began to teach him to play. His mother was also a wonderful singer so he knew from the beginning that music would be in his life. He became a church organist for the first time at 12-years-old at his home church in Bethlehem, PA. Joe believes he began to think of music as a career choice when he began working with singers and saw the impact that he could bring to a rehearsal and how he could touch the lives of those with whom he was making music. Worst musical moment Joe is a perfectionist and early on he believes he wasn't so good at expressing his expectations to his singers. This led to frustration and he let his temper get the best of him. Now he can still push but does so in a different, kinder way. He no longer contributes to the tension of a situation, which he recognizes is counterproductive. Joe realizes that in the early years he was sometimes too overambitious; he tried to do too much in the given time. Now when he gets overwhelmed he takes a deep breath and asks for help. The proudest musical moment PGMC's 25th anniversary concert - Journey Out - was a way for the choir to connect with the audience in a personal way. Choir members did 3-minute dialogues about their lives which, Joe notes, were very touching and emotional. This remains one of his favorite concerts. He feels similarly about "When I Knew" - last year's joint concert with the Portland Gay Men's Chorus. Similar stories were told and audience members were touched by those stories as well. It was meaningful beyond the music, Joe notes. Your "Forte" Joe has realized much success with the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus (PGMC). The chorus, he notes, provides singers an opportunity to sing in a safe environment where they can make connections. Joe believes that he and other GALA conductors must be good at creating family. PGMC has a buddy system for new members so that non-music readers and others new to the world of choral music don't feel lost. He strives to help with the process of learning the music AND connecting to it. Help also comes from his board, section leaders, and others eager to assist. PGMC grew from about 35 to 150 members under Joe's leadership. This membership increase was part of his goals. They did a major outreach to the community to get more singers, changed their repertoire to be more appealing to the masses, and found different venues for concerts. Joe also helped expand the organizational team including adding a marketing director and a soon-to-be executive director. Joe is most excited about a commission with composer Andrea Clearfield - a 20-minute song cycle with words coming directly from the chorus members, scored for piano and percussion.


www.andreaclearfield.com

Commissioned by:Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus, Joseph Buches, Artistic Director
honor to write this work and to collaborate with Joseph Buches, Tom Gualtieri and the chorus.


The Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus

www.pgmc.org [cached]

Artistic Director - Joseph J. Buches
Joseph J. Buches was appointed the Artistic Director of the Philadelphia Gay Men's Chorus in September 2004. Mr. Buches received a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from West Chester University, West Chester PA, where he studied voice with Dr. Raymond Friday. At Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA, Mr. Buches studied voice with Kim L. Renas, Jack Wilcocks and Jolene Jeffers, and organ with Dr. Kent Hill. Mr. Buches has also done extensive study in the field of Music Technology through the University of the Arts at Villanova University. Mr. Buches has served as the Director of Choral Music at The Episcopal Academy in Newtown Square, PA since 1998. Mr. Buches served as Chair of the Music Department and Director of Choral Music from 1998-2014. Mr. Buches also serves as music director at Lutheran Church of the Holy Communion, Philadelphia. He has also served as adjunct vocal music faculty member at Penn State University, Delaware County Campus. Mr. Buches has performed as a core singer with the Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia, under the direction of Alan Harler, as well as featured soloist with local area choruses. Mr. Buches holds professional memberships with the American Choral Directors' Association, the National Association for Music Educators, and Pennsylvania Music Educator's Association. Mr. Buches serves on the board of directors for GALA Choruses. Joseph Buches can be contacted at director @ pgmc.org.


www.phillymag.com

Joseph J. Buches, artistic director of PGMC, welcomes guests.
At the event Joseph J. Buches, artistic director of PGMC, chatted about the upcoming season, which includes the very tempting "Proud Marys: A Diva Sing-Along.


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