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Dr. John T. King

Artistic Director & Conductor

Dr. King founded The New Choral Society in 1994. He has performed and guest conducted for several American Guild of Organists workshops and choral festivals. He has been responsible for two choral commissions from Stephen Paulus, Mass for Chorus and Orchestra and You Shall Love for chorus and organ, having conducted their world premieres.

Dr. King has worked with renowned conductors Dennis Keene, Gregg Smith, Joseph Flummerfelt and Vance George, and conducted the Gregg Smith Singers and the Adirondack Chamber Orchestra. His CD recordings include Handel's Messiah, Mozart's Requiem, Bach's Cantata No. 147 Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Haydn's Utrecht Te Deum, Gounod's St. Cecilia Mass, Brahms' Requiem, Rossini's Stabat Mater and the world premiere recording of Paulus' Mass for Chorus and Orchestra. Equally accomplished as an organist, Dr. King has given concerts throughout the United States and Europe. His performances have been heard in St. Paul's Cathedral, London, St. John the Divine, New York City, and St. James' Cathedral, Chicago.

Dr. King currently serves as full-time Minster of Music at Hitchcock Presbyterian Church, Scarsdale, where he administers and conducts the multiple choir program. He holds a bachelor of music degree from University of Louisville, a master of music degree from Yale University and doctor of musical arts from Manhattan School of Music, all in organ. He has been the recipient of a number of prizes in organ performance, and has served as an adjunct lecturer at Concordia College, Bronxville, New York. He is a lecturer with the Scarsdale Adult School where he teaches classes on a variety of music subjects. Dr. King is active in many service organizations as a member of Chorus America, American Choral Directors Association, Choristers Guild, and American Guild of Organists. He served as a former Dean of the Westchester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and served as a member of the Music Committee of Yale Westchester Alumni Association.


Erica Westcott Kelly

Executive Director

Erica has been singing in choirs since the age of 4 and has a passion for supporting choral music education.

She is currently the Music Production Coordinator at Purchase College (SUNY), the Executive Director of the New Choral Society in Scarsdale, and serves on the board of the New York Choral Consortium. She previously worked as the Executive Director of the New York City Master Chorale, and in the education departments at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Before moving to New York, Erica was Executive Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus under the direction of Dr. Andre J. Thomas, as well as Camp Director for Shrine Mont’s Music and Drama camp.

Erica holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University in Virginia.


Dr. John T. King
Conductor and Artistic Director

Elizabeth J. Broyd
Executive Director

Erica Westcott Kelly
Executive Director (beginning January 1, 2020)


Betsy Hills Bush, President

Elizabeth J. Broyd, Executive Director

Stephen A. Landon

Rekha Packer

Douglass Reitter

Linda Wolk-Simon


Judith Ballan
Margaret Black
Betsy Broyd
Amanda Burrows-Fowler
Lauren Bussing
Denise DeSimone
Anita Kaplan
Yuko Kingsbury
Dorothy Kroenlein
Angela Nally
Eui Pfeffer
Colleen Roeschel


Sarah Assalone
Martha Binder
Patricia Chalifoux
Bonnie Gould
Susan Halpern
Debra Hess
Anli Hsu
Erica Westcott Kelly
Kristina Lazdauskas
Sara Lehman
Alyssa Morin
Alison Rose
Rebekah Skirball
Andrea Taber
Giselle Vagnini 



Jack Binder
Charles Blowe
Samuel Clover
Bart Hamlin
Randy Heller
Hans Khimm
James Rose
Steven Schnur


Hoh Koon Au Yeong
Raymond Cheung
Tracey Cosgrove
James Dugan
Wilder Howland
Tom Ice
John P. Koulos
Jeffrey Kroutil