In 1972, a small group of singers assembled to provide entertainment for the Green Valley’s Association banquet. Afterwards, when the group expressed interest to continue singing together, they found themselves without a leader. One of those singers was Joseph Hoover who agreed to take on the conductor’s role with Corinne Griffiths as the accompanist. Together a group of 19 eager singers officially became the Coventry Singers and gave their first Christmas concert at French Creek Elementary School offering Benjamin Britten’s Ceremony of Carols.
As the group became more well-known to the area so did their requests for performances. Membership grew to 55 and entrance to the group was by audition. Many members were professionally trained and came to the organization with choral singing experience. But it was the leadership and professional musical background of Joseph Hoover that guided the group for over 30 years of performing concerts to devoted audiences in the area.
In the Spring of 1994, Mr. Hoover retired the conductor’s baton. After a six year hiatus, the group eagerly, both original and new members, reassembled under the leadership of Cheryl Markofski whose professional training, education, and reputation brought the group back to those full-house audiences that the group enjoyed for many years. Under Cheryl's direction, the group resumed performing high-caliber choral music -- singing great classical works as well as entertaining show tunes. Cheryl holds a master's degree in voice performance and served as a featured soloist for various musical companies including the Pottstown Symphony Orchestra, Reading Symphony Orchestra, Berks Grand Opera, and Philadelphia Opera Theater. Cheryl has taught in the Boyertown School District and is currently the choral teacher at Owen J. Roberts Middle School.
Julie Eurillo stepped to the podium in the Fall of 2009 to continue the Coventry Singers legacy. Julie holds a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and has been a soloist with the Pottstown Symphony, an educator, and a director and performer at the Steel River Playhouse. Julie remains in the Pottstown, where she has a private vocal and piano studio and is the Soprano section leader for St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Douglassville.
(left to right) Cheryl Markofski, Julie Eurillo, Joe Hoover, Hannah Knauss
In January 2014, Hannah Knauss became the Coventry Singers Artistic Director, holding that position until April, 2017. In addition to conducting Coventry Singers, Hannah is the choral director and music teacher at Interboro High School as well as the assistant choral director for the Marple Newtown Select Choir. In April, 2017, Hannah was selected as the recipient of the 2017 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA) Outstanding Young Music Educator Award. This award was created to honor an outstanding young music educator within their first 3-5 years of teaching for their contributions to music education and PMEA.