Wolf Inaugural Committee Details Swearing-In Ceremony

January 14, 2015 by Wolf Inaugural Committee

York, PA – Today the Wolf Inaugural Committee released additional details regarding the Swearing-In Ceremony of the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf. Governor-elect Wolf will be sworn-in on the East Wing of the Capitol by Judge Penny Blackwell on a mid-nineteenth century family bible. This bible has been passed down to Governor-elect Wolf from his paternal grandmother's family, the Trout's of Shrewsbury, Pennsylvania.

"We look forward to welcoming people from all throughout the commonwealth for the swearing-in of Pennsylvania's 47th governor, Tom Wolf," said Wolf Inaugural Committee co-chair Reid Walsh. "This momentous day is a time for all of Pennsylvania to celebrate new beginnings and welcome Governor-elect Wolf to his new office."

Preparations for the Swearing-In Ceremony are already underway at the Capitol. You can watch a live stream of the set-up outside the East Wing here: http://pacast.com/players/live_cap_roof.asp.


  • Tickets to this event are free and are required.

  • All seats are first-come, first-served and all guests must be seated by 11:30 A.M. The swearing-in will take place outside, so we suggest dressing for the weather.

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  • Where:

    Pennsylvania State Capitol, East Wing
    Commonwealth Avenue
    Harrisburg, PA 17125

  • When:

    Tuesday, January 20, 2015
    Gates open: 10:00 A.M.
    Guests must be seated: 11:30 A.M.
    Swearing-in: 12:00 P.M.


 List of speakers and performers:

The Presentation of the Colors: The Earl F. Detweiler AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston
The Pledge of Allegiance: Wolf Inaugural Committee co-chair Reid Walsh
The National Anthem: Dr. Elizabeth Murphy
Pennsylvania State Song: DaMarra Chanel
Introduction: Governor Ed Rendell
Invocation: Reverend Canon David W. Lovelace
Essay Reading, "Why I Want to Be Governor": Sydney Heilig
Oath of Office: Delivered By Judge Penny Blackwell
Musical Performances By: The Renaissance City Choir, Northeastern Marching Band, and the Chester Children's Chorus


The Earl F. Detweiler AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston

The Earl F. Detweiler AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston works to promote Americanism in their community. Post 189's all-volunteer Honor Guard performs over 100 military funeral ceremonies annually, and they proudly serve veterans and their families by regularly visiting Wilkes-Barre VA Medical Center and State Veteran Nursing Homes. Each year, Post 189 holds an essay and coloring contest promoting patriotism in Pittston Area School District. The Earl F. Detweiler AMVETS Post 189 of Greater Pittston also have a Ladies Auxiliary and Sons of AMVETS Squadron that strongly support their post.

AMVETS is a non-profit veteran service organization started by WWII Veterans and was chartered by Congress July 1946. Since then, the original charter has been amended several times to admit as members those who served in different eras. Membership in AMVETS is open to anyone who is currently serving, or who has honorably served, in the Armed Forces of the United States, to include National Guard and reserve components, at anytime after September 15, 1940.

Reid Walsh

Reid Walsh, a native of York, is the Co-Chair of the Wolf Inaugural Committee. Prior to her work on the Wolf Inaugural Committee, Walsh served as the director of operations for the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign, where she oversaw the operational needs of 15 offices across the state and a staff of over 90 employees. Walsh also managed the planning and execution of the Tom Wolf for Governor campaign's primary and general election night events. Before moving back to her hometown of York, Walsh spent over thirteen years in Washington, DC, working for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), most recently as the senior director in the Business Affairs and Program Management Department overseeing a multi-million dollar fiscal year budget while leading operational activities across seven departments. Walsh currently resides in Spring Garden Township with her husband and two children.

Dr. Elizabeth Murphy

Lyric Soprano Dr. Elizabeth Murphy, a native of Mount Wolf, Pennsylvania, studied voice with Margaret Moul Carli and later with Klara Meyers at Temple University, earning both undergraduate and master's degrees in voice. She subsequently studied with Tamara Matthews and Dr. Frederick Urrey. Since 2002, Elizabeth has been a Music Professor at Arcadia University in Glenside, Pennsylvania, and was appointed Program Director in 2011. She received her Doctorate from Rutgers University in 2012.

Elizabeth is the winner of numerous awards and competitions, and has sung in master classes with Joan Dornemann, Richard Miller, Thomas Grubb, and Marietta Simpson. Career highlights include soprano solo engagements in Graz, Austria, and with the SPSO. Stage roles have included Antonia in Les Contes D'Hoffmann, the title role in Norma, the Dew Fairy in Hansel and Gretel, Nerina, in Le Pescatrici, Mrs. McLean in Susannah, Erste Dame in Die Zauberflöte, and Maddalena in Andrea Chénier.

DaMarra Chanel

DaMarra Chanel, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from The Creative And Performing Arts High School with high honors. In 2014, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Howard University with a Bachelors of Science degree in music education. During her time at Howard University, she was a member of the Howard University Choir, Howard Singers, and Howard Gospel Choir. She was also a member of the Golden Key Honor Society, National Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, and Mu Phi Epsilon International Professional Music Fraternity. In addition, DaMarra is a very active member of Metropolitan Baptist Church and a positive role model and influence in the community. DaMarra Chanel has recorded an album and a number of singles.

Governor Ed Rendell

Governor Ed Rendell served as the 45th governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011. As governor, Rendell oversaw a budget of $27.5 billion and made strategic investments in the economy, education, and health care. He also served as chairman of the National Governors Association from 2008 to 2009.

Prior to his election as Pennsylvania governor, Rendell was the general chairman of the Democratic National Committee from 1999 to 2001. From 1992 to 2000, Rendell served as the mayor of Philadelphia, where he created budget surpluses and oversaw an urban and community revitalization. R

endell is currently special counsel at Ballard Spahr LLP and serves as a co-chair of Building America's Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials that are focused on improving and investing in United States infrastructure. He is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC and authored "A Nation of Wusses: How America's Leaders Lost the Guts to Make Us Great" in 2012.

Reverend Canon David W. Lovelace

The Reverend Canon David W. Lovelace is an ordained priest of the Episcopal Church and Rector of St. John Episcopal Church in York, Pennsylvania. Governor-elect Frances Wolf worship at St. John Episcopal Church. Canon Lovelace has served parishes in Virginia, North Carolina and Georgia before coming to York in 1996. He holds a Master of Divinity Degree from Virginia Theological Seminary and a Master of Sacred Theology from Columbia Theological Seminary. He has received additional training as a pastoral counselor and life coach. Canon Lovelace has held numerous community leadership positions in the York community and continues to serve on several community committees. He serves in leadership positions in the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania and the National Episcopal Church. Canon Lovelace is married to Dr. Elaine Lovelace and has three grown daughters.

Judge Penny Blackwell

Judge Penny Blackwell was elected to the bench in 1991 and has served the York County Court of Common Pleas in Family Court, Dependency Court, Criminal and Civil Courts, and Orphans' Court. She chaired the self-representative statewide committee which issued ten recommendations to the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania. She also served on the statewide Elder Law Task Force Committee which issued a report and recommendations for improving the interaction of elders with the court system and assuring elders are protected from abuse and neglect. Judge Blackwell is on the statewide ethics committee.

She is now a senior judge in York County courts and presides over Veterans Court, JUMP court, and over other assignments as needed. Judge Blackwell is married, has one daughter and two grandchildren.

Sydney Heilig

Sydney Heilig is nine years old and a 5th grader at West Hanover Elementary. She was born in Anchorage, Alaska, but moved from the cold of Alaska to the warm of Tyndall Air Force Base in Florida prior to her locating to Harrisburg.The majority of her family resides in Harrisburg. Sydney has a ten year old sister and they share the same birthday, one year apart. She is passionate about helping animals. She has adopted a three-legged German Shepherd, a one-eyed, one-eared rabbit, a cat, and two turtles. She loves school and enjoys helping others and making them laugh. She has danced for four years and is now tackling Irish dancing. She loves spending time with her family and friends, watching movies, and playing video games.

The Renaissance City Choir

The Renaissance City Choir (RCC) affirms and celebrates LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Allies) identity through the unifying power of music.

RCC is western Pennsylvania's only LGBTQA choral group. They strive to promote a positive image of the LGBTQ community and to be a leading contributor to the cultural life of the tri-state area. RCC seeks to build bridges both within the LGBTQ community and with the community at large. Their programming blends challenging contemporary music, commissions of new works, an ambitious traditional repertoire, and music from various world cultures. The Renaissance City Choir is a proud member of GALA Choruses.

Northeastern Marching Band

The Northeastern High School "Bobcat" Marching Band is an extracurricular organization of 65 members sponsored by the Northeastern School District in Manchester, a town situated in north-central York County. The band began performing field shows in support of the new varsity football program just seven years ago, but has a long and noteworthy tradition of marching as a parade band throughout the Susquehanna Valley. The "Bobcat" Marching Band is just one group within a very active music department which includes a concert band, jazz ensemble, brass choir, orchestra, and choir programs. Many students are active in several of these organizations and almost one third of the group is involved in the school's Tri-M Music Honor Society. In recent years, members of the marching and concert band programs have traveled and performed in Cleveland, Ohio; Doswell, Virginia; Wilmington, North Carolina; Allentown, Pennsylvania; and Boston, Massachusetts. The band is under the direction of Mr. Timothy Howell.

Chester Children's Chorus

For twenty years, the Chester Children's Chorus has inspired children from Chester, Pennsylvania to make beautiful music. Chorus members learn and perform music they love, like gospel and R&B, while exploring new musical territories as they master European classical music and sophisticated jazz harmonies. The chorus provides an after-school, Saturday, and summer program of music education, performances, cultural enrichment and academic enhancement for 140 children ages 8-18 from schools throughout the Chester Upland school district. Dr. John Alston founded the chorus in 1994 to fulfill his vision of offering Chester's children the same opportunity to change their lives through music that he was offered as a boy by the Newark (NJ) Boys Chorus. The chorus is a program of Swarthmore College, who provides essential in-kind support, while financial support comes from individuals, foundations, and other organizations.

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