Floyd Rawleigh

Artistic Director; CHOIR; VOICE

  • MM - Temple University
  • BMus - Roberts Wesleyan College

A native of western New York, baritone Floyd Rawleigh received his undergraduate training in music education, voice and piano at Roberts Wesleyan College in Rochester.  He earned a Master of Music from Temple University where he studied voice with Christine Anderson, music education with Edwin Gordon and music theory with Stimson Carrow.  In his 34 years of teaching, Floyd has taught more than 10,000 students how to sing.  For the past 27 years, he has served as a middle school choral director in the Downingtown Area School District.  His program currently involves 400 seventh and eighth grade singers in four different, award winning choirs.  Prior to teaching in Downingtown, he also taught in Lake Luzerne, New York and at Valley Forge Christian College.  He has also taught music theory, voice and choral conducting classes at Lancaster Bible College.  In addition to his choral and music theater responsibilities at Downingtown Middle School, Floyd has been the music director for Downingtown High School’s music theater program.  In his tenure in Downingtown, he has directed more than 30 music theater productions. He has been involved in church music for 25 years, recently accepting a position to serve as the choir director at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Lancaster, PA where he directs both the Senior and Matins Choirs and oversees the youth choir program.  Floyd served formerly at Faith Reformed Presbyterian Church in Quarryville, PA where he directed the choir and a cappella singers for 20 years.  He is also the artistic director of the Csehy Summer School of Music, a Christian music camp which meets on the campus of Houghton College in Houghton, New York.  There, he teaches voice, music theory and often directs the choir. Floyd’s performance credits include numerous appearances as a sacred soloist throughout the Philadelphia and Lancaster areas.  He lives in Strasburg with his wife, Janet, also a music educator.  Together, they consider it a great joy to have been instrumental in bringing the love, joy and discipline of music to so many students.