David A. Richardson, Conductor and Music Director
David A. Richardson is a respected choral conductor, educator, singer, and keyboardist in the Charleston Tri-County area. The 2021-2022 school year will mark Mr. Richardson's thirteenth year in Dorchester School District Two as director of choral activities at Summerville High School. He taught in the Berkeley County School District as a band director prior to his tenure in DD2. Before becoming director of choral activities at Summerville High School, he was director of choral activities at Rollings Middle School of the Arts and Fort Dorchester High School. His choirs at both Rollings and Fort Dorchester earned consistent superior ratings at festivals and adjudicated events and festivals. Mr. Richardson’s passion for choral music education reaches beyond the public school classroom as adjunct professor of music education at the College of Charleston, where he teaches courses in Elementary Music Methods, Secondary Music Methods, and Choral Literature.
Mr. Richardson currently serves as minister of music at Providence Church on Daniel Island, where he oversees the music ministry and ensembles. He served as music director and resident conductor of the Charleston Gospel Choir and Spiritual Ensemble for five seasons, where he led performances honoring the spiritual, Black gospel music, and other sacred works with orchestra. Mr. Richardson was the inaugural chorusmaster and conductor of the Colour of Music performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2012 with the Colour of Music Festival Orchestra.
As choral clinician and guest conductor, Mr. Richardson has conducted numerous county choirs at all levels throughout the Carolinas. Mr. Richardson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Music Education with a major in voice from Charleston Southern University and a Master's of Music with a concentration in music education from Kent State University.
Accomplishments include: Charleston Southern University Alumni of the Year, South Carolina Music Educators Association Young Music Educator of the Year, and 2016 Dorchester School District Two Honor Teacher of the Year. Mr. Richardson is currently president of the South Carolina Music Educators Association division of Choral Music.
Dr. Valerie Bullock, Conductor Emeritus
Dr. Valerie Bullock is professor emeritus at Charleston Southern University, having retired June 30, 2016. At CSU she was chair of the Horton School of Music, professor of music and director of choral activities, where she conducted the University Concert Singers and Bel Canto as well as coordinating choral music education. She received her doctorate in choral music education from Florida State University and Master's and Bachelor degrees from the University of South Carolina.
Joe Swisher, Assistant Conductor
Joe Swisher has taught general and choral music to over 15,000 students in four Berkeley County Schools for thirty-one years. A National Board Certified teacher, he has led a large award-winning choral program at College Park Middle school for the past fourteen years. He has also directed Berkeley County's talented and gifted choral program each summer for most of his career.
Joe has written, won, and administered several large grants for his programs through the years. He has been elected Teacher of the Year by his peers twice. Joe has mentored several student teachers, and is proud of the remarkable number of his former students who currently teach music throughout the Lowcountry and beyond.
He earned a Bachelor of Education from West Virginia University, and studied school administration at Charleston Southern University. Additionally, he has served as music director of Peace Presbyterian Church in Goose Creek for twenty-two years, and sang in the Charleston Symphony Orchestra Singers' Guild for many years.
Joe has diverse interests, from real estate to technology to motorcycles, but his greatest joy comes from time with his wife, Carol, and his three grown children. Joe has sung with the Singers of Summerville since 2010, and recently enjoyed the stage at the Flowertown Players of the James F. Dean Theatre as music director and performer for the summer benefit performances of “From the Front Lines to the Home Front.”
Paul H. Fletcher, Founding Director
Paul H. Fletcher founded then directed the Singers of Summerville for three years. He currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia.