The Choral Arts New England Board, 2020-2021

Officers

Greg Brown, Chair; Ellen Gilson Voth, Vice-Chair; Cathy Lanigan, Clerk; Peter Pulsifer, Treasurer.

Members

Mary Brody, Lincoln, Mass.

Mary Brody sings with the Metropolitan Chorale in Brookline, Mass., presently serving as a member of its Board of Directors and Clerk.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors of Calliope’s Call, a professional art song performance group based in New England, and has previously served on the Board of the Concord Museum. She is retired from a career practicing law as a partner of a Boston law firm.

Greg Brown, Belchertown, Mass.

Dr. Gregory W. Brown is a composer and conductor living in western Massachusetts. He holds degrees in conducting from Westminster Choir College (MM ’01) and The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia (DMA ’06). He has conducted and taught at Smith College, The College of Wooster, The Putney School, the University of Georgia, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and Amherst College.

Jeffrey Buettner, Middlebury, Vt.

Jeffrey Buettner is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College, and music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival.

Holly Druckman, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Holly Druckman is Founder and Music Director of Carduus (formerly the Carr Consort), a chamber choir dedicated to exploring often overlooked repertoire from the Renaissance and modern periods. In 2018, she was named the Music Director of the Renaissance choir Vox Lucens. Previous choral engagements include conducting posts with the Commonwealth Chorale, Cappella Clausura, Amor Artis, and the Columbia Josquin Singers.

David Giessow, Braintree, Mass.

David Giessow is a Senior Lecturer in Vocal Music at The University of Massachusetts Boston. He conducts the Somerville Community Chorus and is Director of Music at the Hingham Congregational Church. He is an active lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA); he has served as treasurer for the Florida ACDA and served on the board of the Massachusetts ACDA.

Carrie Hammond, Farmington, Conn.

Carrie Hammond sings with both the Copley Singers and the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  She was formerly the President and CEO of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra, and has worked as a business development consultant.

Jonathan Harvey, Westminster, Mass.

Dr. Jonathan Harvey is Assistant Professor of Music and Director of Choirs at Fitchburg State University in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, and Music Director of the Brattleboro Concert Choir in Brattleboro, Vermont. He is an active member of Chorus America, the College Music Society, the National Collegiate Choral Organization, and the American Choral Directors Association, for which he serves as the Massachusetts chapter's Collegiate R&R Chair.

Angelynne Hinson, Portsmouth, N.H.

Angelynne Hinson performs in Cantata Singers and is a founding member of vocollage, creating original concerts that unite words, music and dramatic concepts for live performance and radio. She has maintained a private studio and has created and implemented voice/choral artist-in-residency programs throughout northern New England. She also works with medical professionals developing rehabilitative vocal techniques to help Parkinson’s and stroke patients.

Jennifer Kane, Southborough, Mass.

Dr. Jennifer Kane is an active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire. She is on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society as the conductor of the children and youth ensembles within the Vocal Arts Program. She is also the conductor of Cantilena Women's Chorale in Arlington, Mass.

Cathy Lanigan, Peterborough, N.H.

Cathy Lanigan currently sings with the Monadnock Chorus and Norway Pond Festival Singers and serves on the Board of Directors for both organizations. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from SUNY at Fredonia and a Masters in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology.

Amelia LeClair, Newton, Mass.

Amelia LeClair is founder and director of Cappella Clausura, an ensemble of voices and instruments specializing in music written by women from the eighth century to the present day. Under her leadership, the ensemble has presented works by women of the medieval, renaissance, baroque and romantic eras, and premiered music of by modern composers such as Rebecca Clarke, Hilary Tann, Patricia Van Ness, Abbie Betinis, Emma Lou Diemer, and many others. She and Cappella Clausura received the 2017 Chorus America’s ASCAP/AliceParker award for adventurous programming. She also serves as the director of Vermilion, a quartet singing a unique Unitarian Vespers service which she created. Ms. LeClair is a Resident Scholar in the Brandeis University Women’s Studies Research Center.

Cailin Marcel Manson, Springfield, Mass.

Cailin Marcel Manson is a sought-after adjudicator, master teacher, and clinician. He is music director of the Bennington County (Vt.) Choral Society, the Keene (N.H.) Chorale, and the Germantown (Pa.) Concert Chorus, and in the fall of 2019 became Director of Choral Activities and Music Performance at Clark University in Worcester, Mass. He was music director for six years at the Putney School, a private school in Putney, Vt. After graduating from Temple University with a music performance degree, he pursued graduate studies in opera at the Universität Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, later adding a second concentration in conducting. In 2009 he founded the Germantown Institute for the Vocal Arts in Germantown, Pennsylvania, where he still serves as Director. 

Susan Martin, Brookline, Mass.

Susan Martin sings with the Metropolitan Chorale in Brookline, Mass., and currently serves on their board. She has also served on the boards of Climate Action Brookline and the Abaris Foundation. She is retired from a career as a business analysis consultant.

Kristen McIntire, Jamaica Plain, Mass.

Kristen McIntire is President of the Metropolitan Chorale. She has been singing and playing musical instruments since she was very young and has spent 7 wonderful seasons singing in the Chorale. Professionally, she works as a Consulting Safety Officer for Safety Partners, Inc. managing environmental health and safety programs for some of Cambridge's most innovative biotechnology companies. She has professional degrees in biology and public health and is currently taking prerequisite courses to become a nurse practitioner with the goal of becoming a public health nurse.

Lisa Nappi, Plainville, Ct.

Lisa Nappi, soprano, received a B.M. from the University of Miami School of Music in Coral Gables, FL, and then moved to New York City, where she sang professionally with Musica Sacra, Music Before 1800, New York Choral Artists, in the ensembles of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Phillip Glass, and as a soloist and section leader in the choir of The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine. In 1991, she earned a M.M. from New England Conservatory in Boston and performed both as a member and soloist with Cantata Singers, the Dedham Choral Society, and the all-professional choir of Church of the Advent. Returning to Connecticut in 1997, Lisa sang with CONCORA under Richard Coffey for twenty years. She currently sings with the South Church Chancel Choir in New Britain and chairs the Steering Committee of The Music Series at South Church.

Peter Pulsifer, Winchester, Mass.

Peter Pulsifer sings in several local choruses, including the Boston Symphony Orchestra's Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and was active for 16 years in the Washington Chorus in Washington, DC. He also serves as Chair of the Winchester Cultural Council and is President of Boston Singers' Resource. He is a scientific consultant, computer programmer, and editor.

Robert Russell, Portland, Maine

Robert Russell came to Portland in 1979 as professor of music at the University of Southern Maine and music director of ChoralArt. He concluded a 36-year tenure at USM in 2015, when he was named professor emeritus; he continues as music director of ChoralArt. He has conducted more than 75 festival choruses, including All-State choruses in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts.

Jon Saxton, Wayland, Mass.

Jon Saxton is a bass-baritone who sang with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus for over 12 years. He has appeared in regional productions with the Vokes Theater, Westford Chorus, Concord Players, New World Chorale, and Opera51. He is past President of Boston Singers’ Resource and immediate past chair of Juventas New Music and of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Committee. He is Chair of the Wayland Cultural Council and serves on the Leadership Council of MassCreative.

Ellen Gilson Voth, West Hartford, Conn.

Dr. Ellen Gilson Voth is Artistic Director of the Farmington Valley (Connecticut) Chorale and is an active composer, adjudicator and guest clinician. From 2011 to 2018, she was the Artistic Director of Novi Cantori, a professional chamber choir based in Springfield, Mass., that is known for its innovative programming of repertoire from the Renaissance through the present. She is a frequently-commissioned composer whose works are published by Oxford University Press, ECS Publishing, Colla Voce, and Santa Barbara Music Publishing. She also remains active as a performing pianist and organist.

Lei Ray Yu

Dr. Lei Ray Yu (Ray) is currently Music Director and Conductor of the Constellation Children's Choir in Belmont and the AMDG Choir in Worcester, and is the Principal Guest Conductor of Harmonia Choir in both Bejing and Kunming, China. Dr. Yu serves as a bridge between Chinese and Western choral music worlds. She travels to China yearly, holding symposiums and masterclasses for Chinese choral conductors. She has studied at the Central Conservatory of Music in Beijing, China, and holds a D.M.A. degree from Boston University.