Who's Who

Meet the Leadership Behind Harford Choral Society


Kathryn Locke - Artistic Director for Harford Choral Society

Kathryn Locke

Kathryn Locke has served on the faculties of the Garrison Forest School, Essex Community College, and the Baltimore School for the Arts. She was also the Manager of Baltimore’s Shriver Hall Concert Series for five years. As a pianist, Mrs. Locke has played for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Center Stage, the Harford Choral Society, and the Children’s Chorus of Maryland. She has given recital performances with members of the BSO on several chamber music series, including those at Second Presbyterian Church and Towson University. She holds a BMED with an emphasis on choral music and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from the Peabody Conservatory of The Johns Hopkins University. She is currently a faculty member of Harford Community College and Loyola University Maryland. She has been the accompanist for the Harford Choral Society since 2005.

Mrs. Locke’s strong background in music education provides an ideal music learning experience for members of the Society. In her role as Music Director of Harford Choral Society starting with the 2017-2018 season, Mrs. Locke brings an energetic and enthusiastic style of music making to rehearsals and performances. She is a strong believer in a collaborative approach to making music, and looks forward to working with Harford Choral in this new role. She resides in Glen Arm with her husband and son.


Born in Japan, Kazuko “Kay” Ikemoto began practicing piano at the age of four. She learned music theory from her grandfather who was a composer and professor of music composition at conservatoire. She earned both B.A. and M.A. degrees in piano performance from Osaka College of Music in Japan. She then traveled to France to study under the tutelage of several prominent pianists, earning several diplomas. She has resided in the U.S. since 1997. She is currently Vice President for the Harford County Piano Teachers Association and the president-elect of the Music Teachers Association of Greater Baltimore.

Ms. Ikemoto enjoys performing both as a soloist and as an accompanist at concerts and local churches. She accompanies students for solo performances, ensemble exams, competitive chorus assessments and concerts. She also teaches piano in her home studio. Many of her students earned the highest awards in local competition and were chosen for Master Classes.

She lives in Bel Air with her husband, Satoshi, and her four children.

Kazuko "Kay" Ikemoto, accompanist

Kazuko "Kay" Ikemoto


Donna Shandle


Jackie Brandon

Vice President

Bruce Butz


Betsy Saik


Chris Burkins

Mindy Elledge

Rodney Lynk

Jan Biondo

Nina Mullenax

Ashley Fancher

janice mahinka

Liason, Harford Community College

The only thing better than singing is more singing.

— Ella Fitzgerald