Wheatland Chorale Artistic Staff
Associate Artistic Director
Mark directs all of the choral music ensembles at Lebanon High School, including the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, and Show Choir. In addition, he directs the LHS Spring Musical. Mark is also the co-chair of the K-12 music department in the Lebanon School District, where he is in his 14th year, having spent past school years teaching reading at Harding Elementary School as well as choral and general music at Lebanon Middle School.
Mark holds a B.S. in Music Education as well as a B.S. in Elementary Education from Lebanon Valley College, where he studied under Dr. Mark Mecham, as well as a M.M. in Choral Conducting from West Chester University studying under Dr. David P. DeVenney. A graduate of Lancaster Catholic High School, Mark currently resides in East Petersburg. Mark has been a member of the Wheatland Chorale since 2010 as a singer. In his free time, he enjoys golfing, sports in general, and spending time with his wife Katy and their dog JoJo.
Douglas Beach is a native of Bel Air, Maryland. His father began giving him piano lessons at the age of 5. Douglas went on to study at the Maryland Conservatory of Music under its director, Dr Duke Thompson. His music studies led him to study piano at Messiah College, now Messiah University, under the Music Department's Dean, Dr Richard Roberson.
While at Messiah, Douglas participated in such activities as Concert Choir with Linda Tedford, Collaborative Piano with Dr Patrice Ewoldt, One College Ave Vocal Jazz Ensemble with Elaine Henderson, and Men's Ensemble with Eric Dundore. During all four years of undergrad, Douglas sang with his college quartet, The Grantham Gents, and even recorded a CD upon graduation.
After graduating, Douglas assumed the position of Director of Music at St John's Hain's United Church of Christ in Wernersville, PA. While there, he moved to Lancaster City, where he joined the ranks of college staff pianists at Millersville University, Franklin and Marshall College, and Lancaster Bible College. Douglas now serves as the Director of Music at St John's Episcopal Church in Downtown Lancaster.
Douglas is a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society, and sings with the Hershey chapter of the Mid Atlantic District, Parkside Harmony, as well as his quartet, Brothers in Arms. Parkside competed in the 2019 International Convention in Miami, Florida, and placed 3rd in the world after forming a mere 5 years prior. Brothers in Arms competed in the 2022 International Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, and were fortunate enough to also bring home a 3rd place ranking. Douglas is a third generation barbershopper, taking after his grandfather, Nelson Lawhon, a charter member of the Dundalk Chapter, Chorus of the Chesapeake, and an accomplished comedy quartet baritone.
Outside of music, Douglas enjoys hiking, riding his motorcycle, swing dancing, traveling, and is working on his pilot's license. Douglas is grateful to be a part of the Wheatland Chorale community, and looks forward to many meaningful musical moments!