Board of Directors
Ex Officio: Wes Lockfaw, Artistic Director
A very talented and accomplished organist, pianist and choral director, Wes Lockfaw, has led music ministries in seven states as well as having served as a choral adjudicator, clinician and piano instructor in a college environment. He is the fifth artistic director of Easton Choral Arts Society, serving in this position since 2010. Each season, Maestro Lockfaw helps to grow the auditioned chorus in both its skill and technique, through both the addition of professional section leaders and the introduction of emerging world-class solo artists. He originated the Easton Choral Arts Society Choral Scholars Program, developing the talents of high school and college choral performers who sing with the adult chorus. Recent performances of the Choral Arts Society, under his direction, have included Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana, Camille Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio, Michael John Trotta’s For a Breath of Ecstasy, Johannes Brahms’ A German Requiem, Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony of Carols, and Randall Thompson’s The Peaceable Kingdom.
Since 2009, Maestro Lockfaw has also served as Organist and Music Director of Christ Church Episcopal in Easton, MD, where he directs numerous ensembles including the Christ Church Choir; the Christ Church Scholars, an auditioned ensemble ranging from high school to collegiate level students; the Christ Church Community Boychoir of the Chesapeake, professional string and brass quartets, and handbell choirs. He has produced numerous recordings including John Rutter’s, Magnificat and Mark Hayes’, To Deum, featuring the Sanctuary Choir and Orchestra of Virginia Beach United Methodist Church. In 2013, the Christ Church Choir, under his direction, recorded Bach Cantata No. 93 and Antonio Vivaldi’s Gloria.
Maestro Lockfaw organizes musical programs for a regular Concert Series at Christ Church featuring numerous artists from national and international communities. Most recently, this has included the Westminster Choir College Schola Cantorum and Peter Dubois, concert organist and host of the syndicated radio program With Heart and Voice. Upcoming performers include such greats as Richard Elliott, principal organist of the Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square, the Maryland State Boychoir, and virtuoso trumpeter Carlos Manuel Zabala, who is recognized as one of the leaders of the new generation of emerging Latin American musicians among others.
A native of Pocomoke City, MD, Maestro Lockfaw holds degrees in sacred music from Catawba College in Salisbury, NC, as well as from Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY, where he studied under choral conductor John Dickson. Additionally, he has done graduate work at Westminster College in Princeton, NJ, studying conducting under Joseph Flummerfelt and performing under several of the world’s leading conductors including Kurt Masur and Wolfgang Sawallisch. As well as having a fine tenor voice of his own, Maestro Lockfaw has been the recipient of an impressive list of honors and awards. He holds memberships in the American Choral Director’s Association, the Choristers’ Guild, the American Guild of Organists, Handbell Musicians of America, and the Royal School of Church Music. Currently, he is Dean of the Mid-Shore Maryland Chapter of the American Guild of Organists of which he was instrumental in chartering in 2014.
Accompanist for the Easton Choral Arts, graduated from West Chester State University with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1975. Becky received a Master of Education degree with a music concentration from Salisbury State University in 1981. From 1976 to 1996 she served as organist and choir director at Immanuel Lutheran Church, Preston. Rebecca is presently Director of Music at St. Luke's U.M.C. in Denton, having served in that position since 1996. She is a retired Caroline County Public School music teacher having taught at Greensboro Elementary School for 30 years. Rebecca Zinser has served as rehearsal accompanist for Easton Choral Arts since September 2009, and as Concert Accompanist on Piano and Organ.