In this episode, Ryan interviews his mother and fellow choral director, Patricia Guth. She shares with choir nation, her steps for creating a choral business in a profitable niche.
Patricia (Pat) Guth holds a degree in music education from Westminster Choir College, Princeton, NJ where she studied organ with Robert Carwithen and conducting with Frauke Haaseman, Allen Crowell, and Joseph Flummerfelt. Married with two grown children, Pat has taught in both public and private schools and has been serving as Director of Music at area churches since the age of 17. She is also the founder and artistic director of the 90-voice Bucks Co. Women’s Chorus, which performs extensively throughout the Greater Philadelphia area and last summer traveled to Italy for its first international concert tour. Next year, the choir will be visiting Austria and Hungary. Pat is also a published writer and her articles, blogs, and papers have appeared in both print publications and on dozens of websites. In addition, she has published two children’s travel-related books, Emily Goes to Philadelphia and Emily Goes to New York City, both available on Amazon. In her spare time, Pat likes to cook, read, and travel, hoping to eventually make it to all the places on her long bucket list.
The moment you knew you’d dedicate your life to music
Patricia received a poem from her 4th grade teacher which mentioned her to become a music teacher. It was at that time as well she believed she started to dedicate her life to music.
Worst musical moment
Her first teaching job at a private school was what Patricia considers her worst musical moment. She is surprised to this day that she stuck to music after that experience.
The proudest musical moment
Patricia listed 3 proudest musical moments, all of which are with Bucks Co. Women’s Chorus. From the first time the women’s chorus sang in public, to their successful Italy tour last spring, and singing for the great Helen Kemp.
Patricia considers her forte as starting a community and getting it to stick; being able to create a community of singers that is so thrilled to share their voice with all who will listen, and keeping a bond within the group.
She personifies the idea of “do what you love and the money will follow”.
Most excited about right now
In May, the Bucks Co. Women’s Chorus is set to travel to Austria and Hungary which is something Patricia is most excited about.
Advice for your younger self
Patricia’s advice for her younger self is simply to not compare yourself to others.
What makes a great conductor?
Patricia thinks that, if one has sincere interest in the people with whom a conductor works, that makes one a great conductor.