MCCO Artistic Staff
Abigail LaVecchia is a pianist based in Philadelphia. She is a staff accompanist for the Vocal Arts Department at Temple University. She is a pianist for the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, the organist and Children’s Choir director at Morrisville United Methodist Church, and piano teacher at Friends Select School.
She earned a Master of Music in Collaborative Piano and a Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance from Temple University, where she was a student of Charles Abramovic and Lambert Orkis.
Most recently, she has appeared as assistant conductor and continuo in Temple University Opera Theater’s production of Monteverdi’s Il Ritorno D’Ulisse in Patria, music director and pianist in Remembering Romberg with Concert Operetta Theater. She has appeared at Church of the Holy Trinity’s Concerts on the Square, the Vice Provost for the Arts Lunchtime Series and the Paley Noontime Concert Series at Temple University.
Associate Artistic Director and Conductor
Louise Gerdelmann served as Minister of Music at Gwynedd Square Presbyterian Church, where she conducted a 30-voice adult choir, two children’s choirs, an Orff ensemble, high school ensemble, and an inter-generational concert band. She provided organ music for all services. Louise taught elementary vocal music in North Penn, Pennridge, and Methacton School Districts.
Recently, Louise served as a member of the music staff at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. During her time at Doylestown she conducted the Alleluia Choir, assisted in the direction of the yearly children’s musical, served on faculty for the Summer Music and Arts Camp, and assisted in the planning of the Lessons and Carols Service and Spring concerts.
A graduate of West Chester University, she pursued graduate work at the University of the Arts and Westminster Choir College. During her career, she was named a semi-finalist in the State Teacher of the Year Award program and received a Citation of Excellence Award from the PA State Senate upon her retirement from Methacton.
Currently she teaches private piano and is a substitute organist in many area churches. Louise is a member of the board of directors for Lansdale Community Concerts and serves as their Campaign/Membership Chair.
Founder and Artistic Director Emeritus
Michael is a member of the legendary Kemp family of choral musicians. Educated at Oklahoma University, Westminster Choir College, and the Royal Conservatory of Music in The Hague, Holland, Michael was educated equally in the areas of voice performance, viola performance, and conducting. In addition to institutional education, he also studied privately with renowned choral authorities Paul Salamunovich, Philip Brunelle, and Alice Parker, with extensive summer study with Robert Shaw.
Prior to fourteen years of teaching Upper School music at Germantown Academy, PA, Michael served as Director of Music Ministries of Abington Presbyterian Church in Abington, PA, after holding other significant church music positions in Nashville, TN and Arlington, TX. While in Texas, he also founded and conducted for eleven seasons the Arlington Choral Society, which critics placed “on the top rung of choral music in the Dallas Metroplex.” During that time he was a choral and church music lecturer at SMU’s Perkins School of Theology.
Recognized for his exceptional ability to build programs, Michael has founded and built from ground level many successful ensembles, including four church youth choirs and two high school choirs, two adult community choruses, and one adult community symphony orchestra, in addition to expanding and enhancing existing ensembles. Michael has twice trained choral conductors from throughout Jamaica, and his choirs have toured internationally to Salzburg, Vienna, and Krakow.
In May 2019, Michael retired from conducting the two adult ensembles that he founded, the Academy Chorale and Orchestra (now known as the Montgomery County Chorale and Orchestra). He is now music director at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Berwyn, PA.