Drawing upon a Bachelor of Music in music education and Master of Music from the Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, now known as the University of the Arts, Alan R. Blackford is a prominent musician whose interest in music stemmed from his creative childhood. Since he was 14 years old, he has been an accompanist with the Cinnaminson Community Chorus, later on progressing to associate director and director beginning in 1972. He was also a longtime organist and choir director for the Trinity Episcopal Church in Delran, NJ, for 42 fruitful years. Alongside his musical endeavors, Mr. Blackford dedicated his expertise to academia as a vocal teacher for the Waterford Township School District in Atco, NJ, from 1985 until his retirement from the industry in 2017.
A certified music teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, Mr. Blackford is a member of the New Jersey Education Association. The composer of “Sanctus,” he has accrued numerous accolades over the course of his varied
career. In 1988, he received a Teacher Recognition Award from the New Jersey State Governor, having previously earned an Alumni Graduation Award from the University of the Arts Alumni Association in 1980. However, he cites the highlights of his career to be participating in local concerts with his adult choir and celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Cinnaminson Community Chorus in 2012. In light of his involvement with the choir and his successes in the field, he received a proclamation from the mayor.
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