CANCELLED: 2020 Summer Choral Institute


Although the Summer Choral Institute has been a wonderful part of many of your summers for quite some time, we are sorry to announce that the 2020 program is cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the health risks involved. Montgomery College, where we host SCI, has ceased in person classes for the summer and NP must follow that lead.


We care first and foremost much about your health and that of our surrounding community. We also care about your “musical health” and hope you’ll find some time for singing and joy this summer, even if not in large groups.

National Philharmonic is looking to the future and making plans for great programs next season.



Stan Engebretson – Artistic Director of the National Philharmonic Chorale; Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University; Director of Music at The New York Avenue Presbyterian Church in Washington, DC

Stan Engebretson has conducted and taught throughout the United States and in Europe, and has studied with great masters of choral music, including Robert Shaw, Gregg Smith, Richard Westenburg, Roger Wagner, and Eric Ericson. A North Dakota native, he received his Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in Piano and Voice from the University of North Dakota, and his Doctor of Musical Arts in Conducting from Stanford University. He has led choirs in Venice’s Cathedral or St. Mark and taught in Cologne, Trier, St. Moritz, Barcelona, and Reykjavik. Engebretson is Director of Music at the historic New York Avenue Presbyterian Church; Professor of Music and Director of Choral Studies at George Mason University; and for 24 years has shaped the ensemble that is now the National Philharmonic Chorale. Engebretson is also proficient and performs in the jazz medium.

Molly Donnelly – Mezzo Soprano and Professor of Music at Montgomery College

Molly Donnelly has sung in major concert halls in New York, Paris, Berlin, London and Washington, DC, performing as a soloist with Musica Sacra, the Oratorio Society of New York, the National Symphony, the Berlin Philharmonic and many others. Of her title role in the North American premiere of Handel’s Tolomeo, New Yorker music critic wrote: “Her voice has character-an elusive quality, God-given, not acquirable, that makes people listen.” A Fulbright Scholar, Donnelly holds a Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Maryland; a Master of Music from the College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati; and a Bachelor of Music from the University of Colorado. At Montgomery College since 1997, she directs the Chamber Singers and the College Chorus and can share her love of singing by teaching voice.

Theodore Guerrant – Organist-Choirmaster at Christ Church Parish, Kensington, Saturday Vigil Mass Organist at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Derwood, accompanist for the Central Maryland Chorale, National Philharmonic Chorale, and Federal City Performing Arts Association, and Accompanying Program Specialist in the University of Maryland School of Music.

Dr. Guerrant received five degrees in keyboard performance from the Universities of Georgia, Wisconsin, Maryland, and the Peabody Conservatory, with additional piano study in Buriton, England.