At long last, I am very excited to announce my plans for next year. Following three years of enjoyable – and exhausting – studies at Rutgers, I will be taking on a wide variety of teaching and conducting opportunities. Here they are:
- In Fall 2016, I will be filling in as a sabbatical replacement for Edward Lundergan, the director of choral activities at SUNY New Paltz. I will conduct three ensembles there, including the Concert Choir (an auditioned large ensemble), the Chamber Singers, and the College-Community Chorale, a so-called “town-and-gown” group.
- I will be assuming the position of Artistic Director and Conductor of the West Village Chorale, a 40-voice chorus based out of Judson Memorial Church at the south side of Washington Square Park in New York City. This wonderful ensemble has enjoyed 45 years of innovative and exciting programming, and I look forward to continuing the terrific work that my predecessors (including Michael Conley) have done.
- Also in New York, I am excited to begin work as the Music Director for Amuse Singers, a selective chamber choir for treble voices. Founded in 2002 by Lee Ryder, this group specializes in a diverse range of repertoire and in unique programming.
- Across the river in Jersey City, I’m also very excited to serve as the Music Director for North River Sing, a community chorus dedicated to singing songs from the American Songbook. I’m really looking forward to “going back to my roots,” as there is such a wealth of great music from Broadway and these icons of songwriting that doesn’t usually make it into traditional concert programs.
- And of course, I look forward to continuing my work with the music ministry at Grace Church Van Vorst in Jersey City, which has become both my spiritual and literal home over the last three years. This church is truly an extraordinary place, where everyone – and I mean everyone – is welcome to visit, worship, sing, play, and find rest.
I can’t wait to get started with each of these wonderful ensembles and organizations. I look forward to sharing more news about concerts and events as the fall approaches. Happy summer, everyone!!