Our Music Directors
Interim Director of Music 

Dr. Rebecca Echols, mezzo-soprano, is a versatile singer and pedagogue.  Rebecca holds her doctorate degree in vocal pedagogy from the University of Maryland.  She also holds degrees from Stetson University, Shenandoah Conservatory and the Peabody Conservatory.  Dr. Echols is an Assistant Professor of Voice and Vocal Pedagogy at Morgan State University and teaches Vocal Pedagogy, Lyric Diction, and maintains a full studio.  Prior to her work at MSU, she taught at Shenandoah Conservatory, the University of Maryland and Carroll Community College.  In addition to her work as a singer, Dr. Echols has been invited to lecture around the US on her dissertation topic of Effective Practicing for Vocalists.  Some of Rebecca's performance credits include Nedda in Pagliacci, Papagena in Die Zauberflote, Michaela in Carmen, and Rosalinda in Die Fledermaus.  Rebecca served as the Director of Music at Ark and Dove Presbyterian Church for ten years, and is excited to return for the Interim Director of Music position. 

Director of Contemporary Music

Patrick Sise is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of the Johns Hopkins University where he received his bachelors and masters degrees in guitar performance and pedagogy under the tutelage of Julian Gray. He has performed at a wide variety of venues throughout the northeast region. These venues include solo and chamber recitals at the Peabody Institute, the Guitar Foundation of America’s regional symposium, Cecil College’s Milburn Stone Theatre, the Port Deposit Heritage Corporation concert series, the Lehigh Valley Classical Guitar Festival, and at many concert halls, churches, retirement homes, and hospitals.  

Mr. Sise is a guitarist for Classical Guitar Ceremonies, Inc., and more recently, he has been an active member of several bands playing electric guitar and singing back-up vocals. All the bands have performed all around the Baltimore area at bars to popular venues such as the Ottobar, Baltimore Soundstage, Rams Head Live, and Angel’s Rock Bar in Power Plant Live. Notable performances include opening for Sebastian Bach from Skid Row in July 2015 at Rams Head Live, the 2010 Port Deposit Heritage Corporation Holiday Concert where Mr. Sise performed with Donald Sutherland, world renowned organist and former chair of the organ department at Peabody, and The 2009-2010 John E. Marlow Guitar Series where Mr. Sise was a principal guitarist in the orchestra conducted by Julian Gray that performed Shingo Fujii’s Concerto de Los Angeles with William Kanengiser as soloist.

Along with solo and chamber concerts, he is currently concertizing with his duo partner Mark Edwards, fellow Peabody alum and renowned guitarist. Mr. Sise was an active member of the Creative Access, a student run volunteer outreach performance program, while he attended Peabody. He was a site coordinator for the Johns Hopkins Hospital and the Baltimore City Veterans Hospital where he performed monthly.  

Mr. Sise is the professor of guitar for Frostburg State University’s Music Department, and is also a guitar instructor at the Peabody Preparatory, Guitar Center, Bel Air Music Studios, and once taught for Music and Arts. During his graduate studies at Peabody, Mr. Sise was awarded a graduate assistantship with the music education department.

A native of Richmond Virginia, he started playing the guitar when he moved to Elkton, Maryland at the age of eleven, and received his Associates of Arts degree in music/guitar from Cecil College in 2006. While attending Cecil, he received the 2005/06 Cecil County Arts Council Fellowship awarded annually to one student for artistic excellence. Mr. Sise will continue his education with intentions of receiving a degree in music theory/composition, and a doctoral degree in guitar performance.

Other than arranging, performing, teaching, recording, and composing music, Mr. Sise is an active runner, soccer player, and athlete.  He enjoys reading, films, friends, volunteering, making others laugh, and shredding guitar and bass with his bands Fantasm and Goodbye July.