About Us

The inspiration of The Valley Forge Chorale has come from many years of singing, directing choirs, and making music and many friends.  The dream has been to create a community choir dedicated to the love and enjoyment of choral music.

Enjoyment is a key ingredient in the recipe for a wonderful choir. Rehearsals will be hard work, learning and perfecting the music, but we guarantee that you will laugh and have fun singing like you never have before – all the while you’ll be singing great and beautiful music.

Beautiful music is the second ingredient to the success of the VFC.  The music selected and programmed for our concerts will by familiar music in all genres. The music, which you can relate to and which will speak to your soul, will also give you tears of joy and sadness, will create a beautiful and emotional connection, and will touch your innermost voice.

To join the Valley Forge Chorale, please contact our Artistic Director to set up a time to sing.

Meet the Artistic Staff

David Hobbs ~ Artistic Director

David Hobbs was one of the founding members of the Valley Forge Chorale when it started in 2010, and he also has worked with the Chorale as a Composer-in-Residence and a soloist. The Valley Forge Chorale performed the world premiere of his composition Threnody of a Grateful Nation in 2012, and the Chorale is pleased to present his work Jubilate & Te Deum spring 2016.

A graduate of Eastern University, David was the Mozart Scholar during his senior year. While at Eastern, David was a two-time finalist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in its First Hearing Competition for young composers. Several of his arrangements of Neapolitan songs were performed by Andy Fei during the tenor's 2005 tour of China.

David joined the Bel Canto Lyric Opera Company of Philadelphia in 1992 at the age of 16. In 1999, he became a featured artist. He was appointed Assistant Conductor of the company in 2005. David has been a featured artist with the Opera Theatre Company of Philadelphia and the Lancaster Opera Company. He has been a soloist with many local orchestras including the Ocean City Pops, the Kennett Square Symphony, the North Penn Symphony, the Abington Symphony, and the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra. David is currently serving as the Director of Music at the Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester. David and his wife, Joy, live in Elmer, NJ.

Lee F. Milhous ~ Accompanist

Lee Milhous is a summa cum laude graduate of Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, having received a Bachelor of Music degree in Church Music and Organ.  He also holds a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Temple  University’s Esther Boyer College of Music.  His teachers included Michael Stairs, Robert Carwithen, and Alan Harler. 

Lee began his tenure as Organist and Choirmaster at Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church in Burlington, NJ in January 2009.  At Saint Mary’s he manages the Saint Mary’s Music Series, which features several varied concerts and Evensongs annually.  He previously served in a similar capacity at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Doylestown for twenty years.  Lee has conducted liturgical and concert performances of Handel's Messiah and Coronation Anthems, Bach's Saint John Passion, Magnificat and Easter Oratorio; Haydn's Lord Nelson Mass and Saint Nicolai Mass; Brahms Liebeslieder Waltzes, and Requiem's by Fauré, Mozart, and Duruflé; among many other works.  Additionally, he has served Choir Director and Accompanist at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El in Wynnewood, on the Philadelphia Main Line since 1988.  Lee also serves as Organist for The Evergreens Chapel (Moorestown, NJ), Associate Organist at Saint Martin of Tour’s Parish (New Hope, PA), Music Director and Conductor for the Bucks County Gilbert and Sullivan Society; and Accompanist for The Valley Forge Chorale, all Lenape Middle School (Doylestown, PA) choirs and Sharim v’Sharot, a Jewish community chorus based at Rider University.  Lee supplies for numerous parishes and synagogues through out the region. 

His musical theater credits include productions of My Fair Lady, My Favorite Year, The Sound of Music, The Pajama Game, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Hairspray, Rags, Hello Dolly, Bye-Bye Birdie, The Music Man, Guys and Dolls, The Pirates of Penzance, Patience, Princess Ida, Oliver!, Funny Girl, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Cats, Fiddler on the Roof, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, A Grand Night for Singing, Hairspray, The Mikado, Beauty and the Beast, Children of Eden and Milk and Honey as both Music Director and Conductor. 

Lee is also active as a concert organist.  He proudly plays in recital through Cunningham Piano and Organ promoting the new Rogers Infinity series organs, and in 1992 he performed a solo at Carnegie Hall as part of an Opera Orchestra of New York production of Richard Wagner’s Rienzi.  Lee enjoys playing French horn with the Delaware Valley College Community Band and the Doylestown Summer Community Band, as well as piano for the Doylestown Symphonic Winds.  He resides in Doylestown, PA with his two sons Elliot and Christopher, their Maine Coon cat Phin, and a rescue turtle named Bill.

Eve Edwards ~ Soprano Section Leader

Soprano, producer, and educator, Eve Edwards, is a much-sought-after soloist in the region. She has performed over 40 leading roles in the operatic repertory including Mimi (La bohème), Cio-Cio San (Madama Butterfly), Violetta (La traviata), Nedda (Pagliacci), Desdemona (Otello), Pamina (The Magic Flute), Marguerite (Faust), Donnas Anna and Elvira (Don Giovanni), Micaela (Carmen), Rosalinda (Die Fledermaus), Antonia (Les contes d’Hoffmann), Luisa Miller (Luisa Miller), and many others. Companies and orchestras with which she has appeared include The Amato Opera of New York, Pennsylvania Lyric Opera Theater, Buck Hill/Skytop Music Festival, Lansdowne Symphony, Orchestra Society of Philadelphia, Delaware Valley Opera, Piccola Opera of Philadelphia, and many others. Eve was the featured soprano in Boheme Opera NJ’s concert, The Jewish Experience in Opera, and also performs regularly in that company’s series of community outreach programs. Eve also appeared in the title role of the American concert premiere of Roland Fiore’s opera, Linda, under the baton of the composer. She also enjoys an active schedule of concert appearances featuring both operatic and art song repertoire.

Additionally Eve is the founder of Delphi Opera, producing the company’s seasons of operas and concerts. Delphi Opera also develops music educational outreach programs aimed at schoolchildren, fulfilling Eve’s commitment to the enrichment of future generations of arts lovers and participants.

Eve currently studies voice with Harold Evans. She also studied with Roland Fiore, and with Kathryn LaBouff at Cornell University, where she received her Artium Baccalaureatus.

www.EveEdwardsSoprano.com.

Justin Gonzalez ~ Tenor Section Leader

A native of Philadelphia, Justin Gonzalez began performing professionally at the age of eleven. Having sung as a classical musician with The Philadelphia Singers, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, Opera Philadelphia, amongst many others, his love of pop music was never far below the surface. It was kept alive through his performances with Rod Stewart and Chubby Checker, as well as regularly appearing on the Philadelphia club circuit. While leading a life as a concert performer, often his talents were called upon to welcome dignitaries--he sang for Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles--the list goes on.

During a time that was devoted to forging into the world of opera, Justin was the 2012 winner of the San Nicola Opera Competition and was named a finalist in both The Shyuler Foundation's Career Bridge's Foundation (2011) and The Philadelphia Orchestra's Greenfield Competition (2012).

While leading seemingly separate musical lives as the internationally touring choral musician, classical soloist, award winning operatic singer, Uker, pop singer, musical theater lead, as well as stints in stand up comedy and magic, Justin was brewing all of these things into what is now Locust St. Riot.

About the Founder of the Valley Forge Chorale

Steve McBride

Steven McBride founded the Valley Forge Chorale in January 2010. For five years, Steve grew the choir’s membership to over 60 singers performing at least two major concerts each season with professional orchestras. Steve’s passion for choral education and outreach inspired the VFC to perform several community performances, including annual sensory-friendly concerts in conjunction with Tempo Music, an organization that brings music education to those with special needs. Prior to founding the VFC, he served for three years as Assistant Conductor of The Choristers.

Throughout the region, Steve also works as a conductor and accompanist. Since the age of 14, Steve has been serving congregations as organist and/or choir director. His love of singing and conducting grew from many experiences singing at The Church of the Holy Trinity in West Chester, PA, under the direction of Mr. George Fenicle. Also at Holy Trinity, Courtland E. Dunn, Jr.’s playing inspired Steve’s love of the organ and service playing.

Steve attended West Chester University as an Organ Performance Major and studied voice with Alan Wagner, conducting with Dr. David Sprenkle, and organ with Anita Greenlee. During his time at WCU, he was also awarded First Place in the National Association of Teachers of Singing competition. He also holds a Bachelor of Music in Music Education from West Chester University.

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Your favorite Italian songs and arias.

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Join the Chorale

Come as you are! We embrace singers who love choral music and are eager to participate in bringing fine music to all who hear it.  No matter what your history is, VFC will be a welcome place for you to offer your voice in highest praise to music.