Sandra Files is a 2014 graduate of Grove City College in Grove City, PA where she double majored in Music and Communication Studies. A life-long musician, she has been involved in the choral arts for over two decades as a singer, conductor, and accompanist. Before her role as Artistic Director, Sandra was the Bel Air Community Chorus accompanist since August 2015.
In addition to voice and piano, Sandra also plays the cello, organ, guitar, and mallet percussion. She has experience as a solo artist, collaborative pianist, a performer in various ensembles, arranger, and church musician in both traditional and contemporary settings.
“Cap’n Jim” McMahan is a native resident of Bel Air and no stranger to vocal music. During his high school years he was an annual participant in the Maryland High School Chorus and a member of the first National High School Chorus. Jim graduated from Western Maryland College, where he was the President of the College Choir and sang lead roles with the Baltimore Symphony and the National Symphony in Washington, DC. He spent 36 years serving his country on active duty, in the reserves and finally the guard. He retired in 1996 at the rank of Colonel. He received numerous honors, including a Meritorious Unit Citation, the Army Commendation Medal, the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Ribbon, Reserve Component Ribbon, the Maryland Meritorious Service Medal and the French National Defense Medal – Gold Echelon. While serving in the Army, he directed the combined choirs of the Mt. Pocono (PA) Methodist Church and the U.S. Army Tobyhanna Signal Depot. Jim has a long history of service to the Town of Bel Air. In the mid 1960s, he was instrumental in creating the Bel Air Community Band. In 2002, while serving as a Town Commissioner, he organized the Bel Air Community Chorus and served as their first director. He served twice on the Board of Town Commissioners, and he was elected to the Harford County Council in 2006, 2010, and 2014. Jim and his wife, Melody live in Bel Air, as do their daughter, Rev. Betsy McMahan, son James McMahan and his wife Jennifer and their children, Carlyn and Jack.