ABOUT US

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Artistic Director: Edward Latham
Marketing: Valeria Maltoni
Founder: Kim Carr

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Main Line Singers Main Line Singers is a new community chorus, founded in 2018, based in the Western suburbs of Philadelphia. Their founder, Kim Carr, is a community theater gal who - after having kids - still wanted to sing with like-minded people but found little free time to do so. "The intense up and down time commitments of putting on shows was no longer tenable. I looked around for a chorus that felt like the right fit - fun songs, relaxed expectations - and I was baffled when I couldn't find it around here! So I decided to make my own thing," she explains.

She created a Meetup group online and described it as a group for anyone who had an interest in singing together with a focus on upbeat music from Broadway, Hollywood and the radio. There was a great response and they began meeting on Wednesday nights. "It started small but when Ted Latham volunteered to direct us, things really took off and we grew pretty quickly." They are now a group of 75 - with more than a hundred other singers interested and waiting to join as soon as a few more minutes clear in their weekly schedules.

Their goal is to produce excellent musical performances for the community audience while providing an artistic outlet for their busy, stressed out, musically-minded neighbors. The latest research regarding the emotional, physical and social benefits of choral singing is exciting and undeniable. They also partner with different local charities each year to share concert proceeds with them and increase exposure for both non-profits. In this way, says Kim, "Our singers can donate their time philanthropically while doing something they enjoy that is also really good for them! It's a win-win-win!"

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BIOGRAPHIES

Image by Brenda Carpenter PhotographyDr. Edward Latham, Artistic Director
Dr. Latham (B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale University) is Associate Professor of Music Studies and Coordinator of the DMA in Music Performance program at Temple University's Boyer College of Music and Dance, where he advises some of the Greater Philadelphia area’s  finest student musicians. As a tenor, he  performs with the Philadelphia Symphonic Choir, the resident choir of the Philadelphia Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Joe Miller and Maestro Yannick Nézét-Séguin, and has also sung professionally with the Philadelphia Singers, the Philadelphia Chamber Choir, the Mendelssohn Club, and the Music Group of Philadelphia. 

Dr. Latham’s theatre performance credits include a recent premiere at the Arden Theatre, performances with Beggar’s Opera and The Philadelphia Fringe Festival, off-Broadway musical theatre work with Maury Yeston, and a production of The Marriage of Figaro with Peter Sellars. As a singer, he has toured the world with various choral ensembles and has over 150 performances to his credit, including professional and solo engagements under the direction of Charles Dutoit and Helmuth Rilling. 

In addition to being the Artistic Director for Main Line Singers, Dr. Latham is currently the Director of Music at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish (Villanova, PA) and the Associate Director of Liturgical Music at St. Katharine of Siena Parish (Wayne, PA), Dr. Latham accompanies regularly on both the piano and the organ, and directs multiple choirs of all ages. He has previously held directorships at Daylesford Abbey (Paoli, PA), St. Genevieve Parish (Flourtown, PA), and St. Thomas More Catholic Chapel and Center at Yale University. He assisted Dr. J. Donald Dumpson in the preparation of the Philadelphia Heritage Chorale, and joined them in performing with Aretha Franklin, Andrea Bocelli, and Juan Esteban, and the Philadelphia Orchestra for Pope Francis at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. 

Image by Brenda Carpenter PhotographyYoungjin Joo, Accompanist
Youngjin Joo is an organist, pianist and collaborative artist. One of her earliest memories is playing the piano while sitting on her mom’s lap. Her mom was her first piano teacher and has been her greatest supporter. She was introduced to the organ by the parish priest during her senior year of high school. These two keyboard instruments have been her passion. She has great interest in improvisation in a variety of styles from baroque to jazz. As an avid chamber musician, she has played with many chamber groups on the piano and harpsichord. She appeared as a soloist in Francis Poulenc's "Concerto for Organ, Timpani, and Strings” and most recently in Howard Hanson’s “Concerto for Organ, Strings and Harp.”

In addition to pursuing her master’s degree in organ performance under the mentorship of Dr. Carole Terry at the University of Washington, she holds a degree from Seoul National University. She studied liturgics and hymnology with Dr. Douglas Cleveland.

She has held musical posts at Myeongdong Cathedral in Seoul, Korea and churches in Greenwich, Connecticut and Seattle, Washington in the U.S. She is the Coordinator of Music and Liturgy at Assisi House, home for retired Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in Aston, PA.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

YouTube video of our first concert, performed in November 2018
YouTube video of our second concert, performed in April 2019