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KAREN BURGMAN, founding DIRECTOR (on sabbatical)

Karen P. Burgman

A pianist, teacher, conductor, and composer, Karen earned a Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from the Oberlin Conservatory. An award-winning chamber musician and collaborative pianist, she has performed coast to coast in the USA, and in Canada and Europe -- including notable venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Toronto Center for the Performing Arts, the National Gallery of Art, and Jordan Hall in Boston.

Karen is the founding pianist of the nationally touring Credo Trio.  She performs regularly with other instrumentalists, including performers from the Philadelphia Orchestra and faculty from Oberlin and Julliard. She is certified in Dalcroze Eurhythmics and serves on the faculty at the internationally recognized Credo Chamber Music Festival in Oberlin, Ohio.

A 2015 finalist for the Ovation award, Karen was recognized at Verizon Hall for "inspiration and outstanding leadership in music education." She contributed original music and arrangements to the Broadway show, "Amazing Grace."  Karen teaches piano privately at Cairn Community Arts Academy.  She has two solo piano CDs released on her own label, Lifespring Music, LLC.

Karen studied choral conducting at the Oberlin Conservatory and at Westminster Choir College's choral summer program.  She is the founding artistic director of SGM. Karen resides in Fountainville, PA, with her husband and daughters.

kirsten echegoyen, director of concert choir

Kirsten Echegoyen

Kirsten Echegoyen is a graduate of Cairn University, where she earned Bachelor's Degrees in both Music Education and Bible. She went on to teach music for seven years in Great Valley School District, where her responsibilities included teaching middle school general music and choir, teaching string lessons, and conducting the elementary orchestras. During this time, she earned a Master's Degree in Music Education at Temple University.

Kirsten's choral music experience includes conducting high school choir as a student teacher in Pennsbury School District, studying with Alan Harler during her time at Temple University, and singing for many years under the direction of Dr. David Shockey at Csehy Summer School of Music and at Cairn University. Musically, her first love is choral conducting, and she is thrilled to have the opportunity to draw high school students closer to Christ by glorifying Him in song.

Since 2007, most of Kirsten's time has been spent in raising and homeschooling her two children, Benjamin and Arwen.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing, running, and traveling with her children and her husband, Ben.




Gayle Tuttle

Gayle Tuttle  graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Bible from Pillsbury Baptist Bible College.  She later continued her studies in piano with Mrs. Gail Gingery, Rebecca Bonham, Joyce Goodwin, and Karen Burgman.  Gayle brings to SGM a lifetime of methodology in teaching children to experience the joy of music.

Gayle has participated in numerous vocal groups, choirs, and ensembles, as well as led women's and children's small ensembles.  She has also studied choral conducting in the Westminster Choir's choral summer program.  Her preschool music experience was gained as an instructor for the Kindermusik Maestro Program, Milestones in Music.  She is a licensed Musikgarten Educator and the founder of the MusicFUNdamentals program offered by SGM.

Gayle is the owner of Klavier Kids, a piano studio located in Lansdale, PA.  She is also a certified instructor of Music for Young Children, a group piano program.

Gayle has been co-directing SGM's Youth Choir since its inception.  She and her husband Jeff have four children and seven grandchildren -- who add much fun to their lives!  Gayle enjoys attending concerts, traveling, reading and cooking.


JOSEPH WAGGONER, DIRECTOR OF jubilate choir and advanced ensembles

Joseph WaggonerJoseph graduated from Bob Jones University with a Bachelor of Music degree in church music with a voice principal. He studied singing with David Parker and conducting with Christine Lee, Fred Coleman and Warren Cook. Joseph enjoyed singing in a variety of university choral groups under the direction of Gail Gingery, Chris Gilliam, Warren Cook and Dwight Gustafson. He also participated in the University Opera Association.

Following graduation, Joseph worked as a teacher and music director in Wyoming. He organized and directed high school choirs which performed at churches throughout Wyoming and Utah. He also prepared students for solo and ensemble vocal competitions.

Joseph has completed his Level I Suzuki Voice training and enjoys working with voice students of all ages.  He also conducts the adult choir and participates in special programs at Calvary Orthodox Presbyterian Church in Glenside, PA.

One of his greatest joys is music time with his wife, Rebekah, and their three children.


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