Cordus Mundi

Southeastern Pennsylvania's Unique Source Of Male A Cappella Music

George Caucci

George Caucci

George Caucci - Tenor 1, is a recent addition to Cordus Mundi. Originally from Levittown, PA he attended Pennsbury High School before going off to college. He currently lives in Newtown, PA with his wife Bernadette and two spoiled cats.

George holds degrees in voice from Stetson University (BM) and The University of Arizona (MM). He also has a MA in Elementary Education from Trenton State College.

Previous musical stops include The Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, Trenton Opera Theatre, and The Greater Philadelphia Chorale.

He is a cantor and soloist at The Church of Saint Andrew in Newtown and works as a 5th grade teacher at Saint Andrew's School.

George began singing with the Bucks County Choral Society in 2011 and was introduced to Cordus Mundi by several members with dual membership. He was intrigued and impressed by the diversity shown in the Cordus repertoire and is looking forward to expanding his musical horizons with the pre-imminent male a cappella group in the Philadelphia region.

 

 

Tony Fazey

Tony Fazey

Tony Fazey - Tenor 1,  relocated to the Philadelphia area from the U.K. in 1982 for work related reasons. Prior to crossing the pond, he sang first tenor in musicals produced by the Falkirk Bohemians, a theatre group based in Falkirk, Scotland. He also had a brief stint with a Gilbert and Sullivan group there, soloing in The Gondoliers.

After arriving in the New World, Tony continued to sing, joining the Trenton Civic Opera chorus in 1990. Travel commitments forced him to give up singing in 1995, but couldn't silence him for long. In 2005 he auditioned for the Bucks County Choral Society where he now sings first tenor.

At the same time, he became aware of a new a cappella group (Cordus Mundi) being formed in the New Hope area where he lives. He attended one of their first rehearsals and was promptly added to the group as a first tenor.

The U.K. is now seeking reparations from the United States for stealing one of their first tenors.

 

 

Timothy Harrell

Timothy Harrell

Timothy Harrell - Tenor 1, is an accomplished musician moving into new territory by singing with a male a cappella group for the first time.

Tim has been organist/choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury since August 1998. He has also served as University Organist and accompanist for Choral Union at Lehigh University. Before coming to Trinity he held the organist/choirmaster position at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Trenton, NJ and St. John's Episcopal in Olympia, Washington. Harrell was also on staff at Doylestown Presbyterian Church for 10 years. His first church job was as organist at Cradock Baptist Church in Portsmouth, VA.

A native of Portsmouth, Virginia, Harrell graduated with a B.S. in Organ Performance from Old Dominion University (Norfolk, VA), and a M.M. in Organ Performance & Church Music from Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ.). He has been an active recitalist and accompanist in the Bucks County area for 28 years.

 

 

 

Robert Landley

Robert Landley

Robert Landley - Tenor 1, has been active in vocal music since his early years in Florida.  In high school he was the student director of the chorus, sang in small ensembles, and had leads in the musicals.  As an undergraduate at MIT he was in the Glee Club and a singer/conductor of the MIT Logarhythms, a small a cappella group not unlike Cordus.  After graduating, Robert returned to Florida for a few years before moving his family to Kwajalein, an island in the Pacific Ocean, to work on large military radars.  While there, he sang in/directed the chapel choir and started a 60 voice community choir.

After 5 years on Kwaj, Robert moved to the Philadelphia area where he sang with Singing City Choir and The Philadelphia Singers Chorale, performing in such venues as the Academy of Music, the Kimmel Center, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and Leningrad’s Philharmonic Hall.  In addition to Cordus, Robert currently sings, with his wife, Lisa, in two choirs at Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, and the Bucks County Choral Society.  They have sung several times with small vocal ensembles in Europe. 

Robert has an MBA from Rutgers, is a registered Professional Engineer, and recently retired from Lockheed Martin, where he was radar design engineer. 

 
David Hughes

David Hughes

David Hughes - Tenor 2,  joined the group in the spring of 2009. He's been singing since he was a young pup and brings a moderate degree of choral training to Cordus. While in college, he sang in the concert choir and madrigal singers, he also presented an all Gershwin senior voice recital. He sang with the Philadelphia College of the Performing Arts under the direction of Michael Korn in the 1980s. David sang with the Bucks County Choral Society under the direction of Elma Heckler from 1986-1991 and has stayed vocally active doing solo work within his church and community since that time.

Summertime finds David singing in the Great Auditorium with the Ocean Grove Choir under the direction of Jason Tramm; That is, when he's not sailing on the Tom's River and Barnegat Bay.

David works as an elementary school principal at Fallsington Elementary School in the Pennsbury School District. He has been in the field of education for over thirty years and believes there is no better place to work than in an elementary school. He makes his home in Doylestown with his lovely wife, Florence, and their five children

 

 

Scott Totten

Scott Totten

Scott Totten - Tenor 2,  joined Cordus Mundi during the Fall of 2006. He has a Bachelors of Arts degree in Music Performance, vocal emphasis from Gettysburg College with a teaching certificate in NJ.  While in school he studied with Dr. Sharon Davis Gratto and Jeffrey Fahnestock.

He currently enjoys teaching elementary classroom and vocal music in the Flemington-Raritan School District of New Jersey and working towards his Masters degree in Music Education at West Chester University.  He lives in Doylestown with his wife, Ashley.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Christopher Whitney

Christopher Whitney

Christopher Whitney - Tenor 2, is retired from public high school teaching (English & History) and retired as Public Health Officer (Bucks County Director of HIV/AIDS Education & Training); still active as Episcopal Church organist (20 years) and president of Bucks County Choral Society for a fourth term. Working part time as "the world's oldest food server" in Lambertville, NJ and serving asHospitality Chair for Cordus Mundi 10th year anniversary concerts and special events.  Makes his home in Solebury Township with long time partner, Frank Levy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Michael Cosdon

Michael Cosdon

 

 

Michael Cosdon - Baritone, has not yet provided a biography for this section, but we can tell you that he is one of Cordus Mundi's newest members, having joined the group in 2014. Michael comes to Cordus with extensive musical and theatrical experience. We can also tell you that Michael is a realtor, lives in Perkasie with his wife and two children, and that he's a pretty good guy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Eric Muth

Eric Muth

Eric Muth - Baritone, began his "second career" of choral singing at age 42 at Trinity Episcopal Church of Solebury, where he still sings in the Senior Choir and is one of the founding members of the Chamber Choir. He has been a baritone with the Bucks County Choral Society since Fall of 2000, where he also sings in the Chamber Choir and co-chairs the Production Committee and is the co-chair of their Senior Sing outreach program. He has also sung with Singing City in Philadelphia, Voices of Pennington, NJ, and the Bucks County Motet Singers (now Cantus Novus). Eric is a founding member of Cordus Mundi.

Eric has a Ph.D. in pharmacology, and he retired after 24 years with Wyeth (now Pfizer) where he was a manager of Drug Discovery Research and Development in the Neuroscience therapeutic area and a Senior Director in their Global Business Development group. Post-retirement, he has been a volunteer at the Center for Learning in Retirement at Delaware Valley University, where he has taught Pharmacology and Biology courses to interested seniors. Eric lives in Doylestown, PA and plans never to stop singing.

 

 

 

Jim Peters

Jim Peters

Jim Peters - Baritone, has been singing with the Cordus Mundi since its east coast inception in 2005, and helps with Cordus Mundi's repertoire selection as well as arranging or adapting the occasional piece for TTBB.   Jim is also active with the Bucks County Choral Society, the choirs at St. Paul's Lutheran in Doylestown and studies voice with Guy Rothfuss.    His musical interests have widened quite a bit since the 1970s but remain eclectic with his continued participation in classic rock bands as keyboardist/singer.

Outside of musical pursuits, Jim is a chemical engineer from Carnegie-Mellon, working in the air pollution control industry as an Executive VP with Hamon Research-Cottrell in Somerville NJ.

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA (and part of the Steeler Nation), Jim and his wife Margie live in Doylestown.

 

 

 

 

 

Bill Stefanowicz

Bill Stefanowicz

Bill Stefanowicz - Baritone, has been with the group since 2005 with a brief break during 2009. Bill began his singing career as a soprano at the age of 7 in St. Timothy's Episcopal Church Men and Boys choir in Philadelphia and remained in the choir till 1984 when he relocated to Solebury and has been a member of the Trinity Episcopal Church Senior & Chamber Choirs since.

After 20 years as Trade Marketing Manager, Bill has retired from that position. He was responsible for trade & consumer promotion, photography, graphic design, display merchandising, and trade and consumer show management. Bill now has his own graphic design and photography business Top Shelf Design Studio (topshelfdesignstudio.com), and is responsible for all concert poster, program, and website design for Cordus Mundi and other musical groups.

A connoisseur and collector of single malts, Bill has is own tasting club Top Shelf Tasters (topshelftasters.com), and is a fine woodworker, although singing is still the most fulfilling activity in his life, all of which he could not do without the support of his loving wife, Debbie. Bill & Debbie reside in Dublin, PA.

 

 

 

Glenn Andersen

Glenn Andersen

Glenn Andersen - Bass, has been active in choral music since his early years growing up in Bucks County, having competed as a boy soprano.  Glenn graduated from The Hun School of Princeton and Vassar College.  Glenn recently returned to Bucks County after living 35 years in NYC, San Francisco, Portland, Maine and Dallas, where he sang for the New York Choral Society, San Francisco Symphony Chorus, Renaissance Voices and most recently the Dallas Symphony Chorus.  Glenn also sang semi-professionally with The Texas Voices, a small chamber group, and a 4-voice, Doo-Wop group. Glenn has always enjoyed singing, because of the friendships and interesting experiences it provides, such as singing Christmas carols on Good Morning America, touring in Europe, and winning two Grammy’s with the San Francisco Symphony Chorus for Best Choral Performance.  

Professionally, Glenn spent 25 years in banking, primarily with U.S. Bank and JP Morgan as a VP in Corporate Trust.  He recently changed careers to senior care, managing a Memory Care facility in Dallas.  Glenn also serves on the Board of Directors of his family’s 104-year-old business, which was founded in Brooklyn, and is now headquartered in Willow Grove, PA.

Glenn is excited to be back home with his partner of 25 years, Stephen, and their dog Happy.

 

David Fryling

David Fryling

David Fryling - Bass, is Music Director of Cordus Mundi. When he is not conducting the group, he sings in the bass II section. David graduated from Houghton College with a Bachelor of Music degree in music education, vocal emphasis. While at Houghton he studied advanced conducting with Dr. Donald L. Bailey. He taught music from the elementary through junior college level for 15 years, and has directed church choirs in western New York, Bucks County, PA, and most recently Lambertville, NJ for over 30 years. David has attended workshops with Dennis Keene, Robert Page, Vladimir Morosan, and Dale Warland to name a few.

David was the bass II section leader for the Bucks County Choral Society for many years before retiring from the group at the end of the 2010-2011 season. He was a frequent soloist with the Choral Society, and has also done solo work with Robert Page and the Children's Miracle Network in Hershey, PA, Voices Chorale of Pennington, NJ, and numerous other groups in western New York and the greater Philadelphia area.

 

 

 

Jason Gersh

Jason Gersh

Jason Gersh - Bass, joined the bass section of Cordus Mundi in the fall of 2009. He has been active as a choral singer from childhood onward. He has a BA in Music from Haverford College and a Ph.D. in Musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he wrote a dissertation on the motets of William Byrd. Having switched over to the "dark side" of university administration, Jason works as Director of Finance and Administration for the Drexel University Office of the Provost, where he manages faculty appointments, budgetary reports, policy review, and other such matters. In his free time, he moonlights as an amateur genealogist and dabbles occasionally in composition.  

Originally hailing from the great state of Delaware, Jason resides with his wife Katie and daughters Lucy and Molly in Newtown, PA.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Steve Mallon

Steve Mallon

Steve Mallon - Bass, has been making music of one kind or another since childhood. An early gig as a boy soprano had him hiding behind a manger scene to sing parts for lip-synching wise men. During the awkward voice-change years, he played lower brass instruments (trombone, baritone horn, tuba) but resumed singing in college with the Cornell Glee Club and Hangovers. Grad school at Penn brought him to Philadelphia where he sang and toured with Singing City under Elaine Brown. After a hiatus necessitated by changing careers and diapers, he started singing again, joining Bucks County Choral Society in 1997 and Cordus Mundi's east-coast startup in 2005.

He is currently a freelance architect, 3D illustrator, web developer www.archimg.com and composer of experimental electronic music and art noise. Samples of his music are posted at www.broadjam.com/srmallon.

 

 

 

 

 

Rick Rosen

Rick Rosen

Rick Rosen - Bass, is the Founder/Artistic Director of Cordus Mundi. He is the Minister of Music at Church of the Messiah, Gwynedd, PA where he directs chancel, bell and junior choirs, provides music for the Church School and Vacation Bible School programs, produces the Music at Messiah concert series, gives guitar lessons, and otherwise coordinates the musical aspects of the church's worship. Rick produces the Mr. Rick Presents local concert series, teaches Young Songwriters Clubs and guitar classes at the New Hope Solebury Free Library during the summer, and is also the Founder/Artistic Director of the New Hope-Solebury & Lambertville Community Choir.

Prior to his return to Pennsylvania in mid-2003, Rick served as the Director of Music at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Burlingame, CA. His California vocal performance career includes work as the founder of the original six-man west coast-based version of Cordus Mundi, as well as an extended singing stint with the San Francisco Concert Chorale, where he served as men's section leader and president of the executive committee. During his tenure as SFCC president, the group recorded two CDs, and toured Mexico and France. Rick has worked under the tutelage of Rene Clausen, Anton Armstrong, Patty Hennings, and Blanche Honegger-Moyse. 

Rick is also the owner of the Rick Rosen Marketing Group, a full service marketing and consulting agency, with a wide range of clients in the musical instrument, music performance and production, computer, and related industries.

 

Dennis Walsh

Dennis Walsh

Dennis Walsh - Bass, is one of Cordus Mundi’s founding members. He lives in Buckingham with his wife of 50 years, Suzanne; he has 5 children and 4 grandchildren.

He helped to establish Cordus Mundi as a nonprofit corporation in 2009 and has served as Board president since that time.

He also sings with Bucks County Choral Society and is a former Chairman of the Board of that organization.

He and his wife are active members of Trinity Episcopal Church in Solebury, where he sings in the senior choir.