Pocono Mountains Music Festival

Pocono Mountains Music Festival

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Staff

Joey Chancey, Artistic Director
Joey Chancey Artistic Director Buck Hill Skytop Music FestivalJoey Chancey, a sought after music director, pianist and conductor, is currently serving as the assistant conductor for the highly anticipated Broadway revival of Gigi, starring Vanessa Hudgens. He has also played piano and conducted the Tony Award-winning Broadway show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, and the 2012 Broadway revival of Annie. In addition, he has served as musical director for the National Tours of La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line, and The Wizard of Oz, and has played piano for The Wedding Singer, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, and White Christmas tours.

Internationally, Chancey has conducted Direct From Broadway, a Symphonic Concert Tour of Australia featuring musical theater star Anthony Warlow and Tony Award-winner Faith Prince. The concert was accompanied by a thirty-two piece orchestra and played to sold out audiences across the country, including the Sydney Opera House. He has also conducted the International Company of A Chorus Line in Tokyo, Japan.

Some of Chancey’s favorite credits include conducting The Music Man in concert with some of Broadway’s biggest stars, including Laura Osnes, Santino Fontana, Ann Harada and Andrew Keenan-Bolger; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Fabulous Fox Theater in Atlanta; A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline starring Gail Bliss; and Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Alhambra Theater. He has conducted and accompanied TV stars Jane Lynch and George Hamilton and Broadway’s Jessie Mueller, Brian Stokes Mitchell, and Christopher Sieber. Chancey is a native of Jacksonville, Florida, and holds a Bachelors of Music in Piano from Shenandoah Conservatory of Music. He currently resides in New York City.

Amanda Pulcini, Associate Artistic Producer
amanda Pulcini buck hill skytop music festival poconosAmanda has been producing shows with Joey Chancey for 10 years. She is an actor, singer, dancer, and producer based in New York City. She has performed in shows around the world including Nine starring Tony award nominee Robert Cuccioli, Show Boat, Lend Me a Tenor, Fiddler on the Roof, Cats, Oleanna, and Merchant of Venice. Recently, she starred as Gloria in Boeing, Boeing, directed by Van Kaplan, producer of the Tony award winning Broadway hit An American in Paris. Amanda has a passion for developing new theatrical works. She starred as the titular character Rose in the U.S. premiere of A Summer Rose in Winter, and was seen last year as Muriel Matters in the world premiere of The Lost Girl at the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival. Amanda graduated with a BFA from Shenandoah University and is a proud member of Actors Equity. For a further look at her work, please visit www.AmandaPulcini.com.

Lynn A. Ball, General Manager
Lynn A. BallLynn’s professional experiences include over thirty-five years as a Wall Street Banking Executive, in institutional sales for NYC major money center banks, and investment managers. Since retiring in 2005, Lynn has become involved as a volunteer at the Lehigh Valley Hospital – Pocono; been elected  in 2013 and re-elected in 2015 to the Blue Mountain Lake Community Board; and served on the Board of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival, the past two years as Treasurer,  before taking on the role of General Manager this year for the Pocono Mountains Music Festival.

 

Ray “Skip” Scheetz, Development Director
Ray "Skip" ScheetzRay “ Skip” Scheetz grew up in a small town in NJ where he worked side by side with his father in their family plumbing and heating business until he entered Drexel University as an engineering major.

His mother taught ballet, tap and ball room dancing at her home studio and the whole family participated in the yearly recitals, community fundraisers and Art Festivals. At age 9 Skip started his classical musical training eventually opening up his own studio at age 17. Consequently, Skip’s life has been a passion for everything both mechanical and musical.

Skip started his professional career in the automotive after market petroleum industry as a sales and marketing manager. In the early 70s he opened Personal Growth and Development Institute and later concentrated on working with small businesses developing their sales and marketing programs. In 1981 Skip became affiliated with a machinery engineering and manufacturing company and purchased the company in 1983. In 1989 he purchased the majority ownership in an electrical engineering manufacturing company eventually taking both companies to worldwide dominance in their fields. Semi retired since 2006 Skip has dedicated himself to working with non profits and currently operates Ray Scheetz Consulting Group.

Skip has served on the Board of the State Theatre of Performing Arts and served as a board member and treasurer of AidsNet, a six county coalition. He was a founder of Rainbow Youth which was dedicated to helping LGBT youth. He is past President and Chairman of the Harrriett Granger Foundation and a founder of the Pocono Community Theater where he was President and Chairman for 7 years.  He is President Emeritus of FACT and currently serves on the Board of PALS.

Skip was involved with the Buck Hill Sky Top Musical Festival in a collaborative capacity over the years and is excited to be taking over the role as Director of Development for the renamed Pocono Mountains Music Festival.

Melissa Muscato, Marketing Director

A lover of both the arts and the great outdoors, Melissa grew up in Castle Rock, Colorado starting piano lessons at the age of five. She went on to study piano at the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music, where she had the opportunity to study abroad in Milan, Italy as a Cherrington Global Scholar, complete various research projects, and was initiated into Sigma Alpha Iota and Phi Beta Kappa. She graduated in 2011, magna cum laude. After working with the Colorado Symphony for a year, Melissa was accepted into New York University where she completed a Master’s Degree in Performing Arts Administration, graduating in 2014. In New York, she has worked with the New York Pops Orchestra, the Metropolitan Museum of Arts-Concerts & Lectures, and abroad with Sound & Music in London. Along with her work for the Pocono Mountains Music Festival, Ms. Muscato is the Marketing Content Manager at the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center in New York.

Jacob Shoesmith-Fox, Company Manager
A native of Canadensis, PA Jacob served as the Company Manager of the Buck Hill Skytop Music Festival since 2012, before taking over as General Manager in 2015

Jacob is the Founding Artistic Director of Theatrical Gems, an award winning non-profit theatre company in its third season of performing shows out of Evergreen Community Charter School in Cresco, PA. Theatrical Gems has also produced work in New York City including off-Broadway benefits for the Actors Fund and multiple World Premieres in the New York International Fringe Festival.

Jacob is an award winning Sound Designer and an accomplished Dramaturg. He has directed productions of Bye Bye Birdie and Man of La Mancha in Pennsylvania. In New York City he has directed multiple high profile benefits for the Actors Fund featuring Broadway talent, including the first New York revivals of Irving Berlin’s Mr. President and Cy Coleman’s Wildcat and a production of Meredith Willson’s Miracle on 34th Street: the Musical. He has also directed various readings and workshops and was the Assistant Director of Are We Writing Loud Enough, a special event to benefit the Education Department of the Tony Award winning Vineyard Theatre off-Broadway.

Jacob serves on the Board of Directors for the Northeastern Pennsylvania Theatrical Alliance (NEPTA), an alliance of theaters and arts advocates, representing eight counties, dedicated to working together to promote and produce quality entertainment throughout the region of Northeastern PA. NEPTA sponsors a college scholarship for local students studying theatre as well as an annual awards gala.

Jacob earned his B.S. in Arts Administration with a concentration in Non-Profit Theatre Management, and his M.S.ED in Secondary Education, both from Wagner College on Staten Island. In addition to his work in the arts Jacob is a teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School in Cresco, PA.

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