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Professional Staff

Erik Clayton received his Undergraduate and Masters degrees in music from Penn State University. During his time at Penn State, he studied conducting with Dr. Lynn Drafall, Dr. Christopher Kiver and Prof. Gerardo Edelstein. Since 2015, Mr. Clayton has served as Director of Choirs at State College Area High School. Ensembles under Mr. Clayton's direction have been selected to perform at state-level conferences of the American Choral Directors Association and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Previously, Mr. Clayton held positions at Williamsport Area High School and Central Dauphin High School.  From 2011-2012 he served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Williamsport Chamber Choir and Orchestra and appeared as a guest conductor with the Williamsport Symphony Orchestra. Mr. Clayton is excited to take up the baton as the Artistic Director of the State College Choral Society beginning in the 2024-2025 season.  He resides in State College with his wife and four children.

Erik Clayton
Artistic Director


John Bukowski

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John Bukowski is in his second year as accompanist of the State College Choral Society.  He has previously performed with the Choral Society on works such as Brahms’ Liebeslieder, Elgar’s From the Bavarian Highlands, and Vaughan Williams’ In Windsor Forest, as well as in several Christmas concerts.  Bukowski studied piano with Hanna Wu Li at Carnegie Mellon University for many years and was a winner of the Young Artists Auditions of the Pittsburgh Concert Society.  He has performed solo recitals in Boothbay Harbor (Maine), Salvador (Brazil), and Huntingdon (PA).  Bukowski is the long-time accompanist of the Juniata College Concert Choir and Choral Union.  He conducted the Concert Choir during the Fall 2018 semester and on a subsequent tour of Germany, Switzerland, and France.  In recent years, he has participated in summer conducting workshops at Westminster Choir College.  Bukowski is organist and music coordinator at Most Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Huntingdon, where he also conducts the Trinity Choir.  He is Professor of Mathematics and former Mathematics Department Chair at Juniata College.

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