Brandywiners Chorale welcomed Darrin Peters as its new director in
the fall of 2007. Darrin is a graduate of West Chester University
with a BS in Music Education and has Instructional Certification for
teaching music in grades K-12 in Delaware, Pennsylvania, Maryland,
and New Jersey.
Darrin has been teaching music and directing choirs for 17 years in
the public school systems of Delaware, Maryland, and currently at
Pennsville Memorial High School and Pennsville Middle School in
Pennsville, New Jersey. He has demonstrated the ability to draw out
the talents of singers of all ages. At Pennsville he conducts nine
different choirs, teaches theatre and dance classes, and serves as
the Drama Club Advisor as well as director and choreographer for the
spring and summer musical productions.
Darrin is also an instructor, director, orchestra conductor, and
choreographer for the Young People's Theatre Workshop in Swarthmore,
Pennsylvania. He has directed and choreographed over 20 productions
with YPTW including: Annie, Oklahoma, Fiddler on the Roof,
State Fair, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and Once on This
Darrin is very active in professional and community theatre. He has
performed, directed, and choreographed at The Media Theatre,
Millbrook Playhouse, Pocono Playhouse, The New Candlelight Theatre,
Three Little Bakers Dinner Theatre, Celery Garden Dinner Theatre,
Covered Bridge Theatre, Delaware Children's Theatre, Wilmington
Drama League, Chapel Street Players, Narberth Theatre, The
Barnstormers, and The Players Club of Swarthmore. One of his
favorite production accomplishments was directing and choreographing
The Producers in 2010 with The Players Club of Swarthmore.
Darrin is not a newcomer to The Brandywiners, Ltd. as he has
participated in summer shows at Longwood Gardens. He served as
Assistant Music Director for Evita, and also performed
leading roles in Me and My Girl and State Fair as well
as ensemble in many other productions. He has sung with the Chorale
for several years and served as its assistant director. He is proud
to be the director of this fine group of singers.
Katie Soukup expanded her Brandywiners’ involvement in 2011 as its
new Chorale accompanist. Her experience began at the age of 15 when
she played her first show at her alma mater, Brandywine High School.
In the three decades since, she has remained an active theater,
choral and cabaret accompanist.
Katie’s broad musical involvement with the Brandywiners has
included being a chorus member, pianist, trumpeter, assistant music
director, and music director for South Pacific.
Professionally, Katie is a High School Music Director, previously
at Mt, Pleasant High School in Wilmington and currently at Kennett
High School. Some of Katie's favorite shows to perform include West Side Story, Oliver!, and Into the Woods.
The Chorale offers a broad range of Broadway, contemporary, folk,
and seasonal music with a new program each season. Our concerts
always include a medley of songs from the Broadway show to be
performed at Longwood Gardens in the upcoming summer. It's an
introduction that whets the appetite of the audience to attend the
summer show. We often liven up some songs with dance and/or added
accompaniment on keyboard, bells, bongos, drums, and other
instruments played by members of the chorale.
Our repertoire and performances appeal to all audiences and we
frequently receive standing ovations. Concerts generally last an
hour and can be tailored to the group's needs.
The Chorale's concerts are a favorite among many retirement
communities and churches in the area. We have entertained at holiday
and retirement parties at the Wilmington Country Club, the DuPont
Country Club, the Newark Country Club, Delaware Art Museum, Hagley
Soda House, Winterthur Museum and Garden, and the Chase Center
on the Riverfront. The Chorale joined the Delaware Symphony for a
pops concert at the Grand Opera House and has sung at the City of
Wilmington's First Night Celebrations. We have also performed at
Longwood Gardens at Christmas and the Smyrna Opera House.
The Brandywiners Chorale provides a spirit of joyful song to
diverse audiences. We welcome the opportunity to share this spirit
by participating in your next function. Our only requirements are
that you have sufficient space to accommodate a chorus of more than
and that you have a recently tuned piano. While we are a non-profit
organization, we charge a fee to cover our expenses.
If you love to sing and can read music, come audition with us. We
welcome new members. To learn more about what's expected as a
Chorale member, download our "Chorale
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interested in auditioning with us, please contact Jaime Fleetwood,
Marketing Manager. She can be reached a (302)