Westchester Choral Society

ARTISTIC STAFF

Our music director and accompanist

Frank Nemhauser, Music Director
 


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A note from our Music Director

Good music, sung well - that's the Westchester Choral Society. I believe in hard work - the more you put in, the more you get from the experience. But most of all, I believe in the joy of singing. Each member gains a tremendous amount of pleasure from singing with the WCS. Try it, you'll like it!!

- Frank Nemhauser


Currently in his twelfth season as Music Director of the Westchester Choral Society, Frank Nemhauser holds several other prominent positions concurrently. He is Music Director of the Berkshire Choral International (BCI, formerly Berkshire Choral Festival), and both Director of Vocal Studies and Associate Professor at Mannes College of Music in New York.

Mr. Nemhauser has held the positions of Music Director of the Hartford Chorale, Chorus Director of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, and Associate Director of the Collegiate Chorale. He has been a guest conductor with the Houston Masterworks Chorus, the Dessoff Choirs, the Greenwich Choral Society and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. He has led workshops and clinics for the Metropolitan Opera Guild, the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, the New Amsterdam Singers, the Augusta Choral Society, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association and the Southwestern Virginia Spotlight on the Arts Festival.

His most recent performance was with the BCI as conductor of the Festival Chorus and Orchestra in a performance of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas and the Mozart Vesperae Solennes de Confessore. In other recent appearances at BCI, he has conducted the Mozart Requiem, Dvořák Stabat Mater, Bach Magnificat, the Brahms Alto Rhapsody and Nänie, the Stravinsky Symphony of Psalms, the Fauré Requiem, the Lauridsen Lux Aeterna, the Britten cantatas St. Nicholas and Rejoice in the Lamb, the Rutter Gloria, and Handel’s Solomon. In addition to conducting at the Festival’s home in the Berkshires, Mr. Nemhauser has led BCI performances in Santa Fe, Canterbury, Salzburg. As a singer, Mr. Nemhauser has appeared throughout the United States and Europe, appearing with the New York City Opera National Company, the Ensemble for Early Music, and Chanticleer and has performed at numerous festivals, including Tanglewood, Edinburgh, Aspen and Spoleto.

Mr. Nemhauser can be heard singing back-up on the Pet Shop Boys album Go West, and he confesses that at the time he made the recording, he did not know who the Pet Shop Boys were. He still doesn’t.


David Baranowski, Accompanist



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David Baranowski is a highly versatile accompanist, performing on piano, keyboards, organ, and harpsichord, with repertoire ranging from Bach to Deep Purple. He has played numerous chamber and choral concerts in the Westchester area and is the accompanist for the Westchester Choral Society as well as the New Haven Oratorio Choir. As an organist, Mr. Baranowski has performed such works as the Brahms, Fauré, and Duruflé Requiems, the Dvořák Mass in D, and Handel’s Messiah. As a conductor he directed the Poulenc Gloria, the Schubert Mass in G, the Rutter Magnificat, and he recently conducted Mozart's Cosi fan tutte from the harpsichord for the newly formed American Baroque Orchestra under the direction of Maestro Mark Bailey.

For the past eleven years, he has been touring internationally with rock icon Ritchie Blackmore as a keyboardist and singer. He has played over 100 concerts and visited nearly 25 countries as a member of Blackmore’s Night, which has been on the charts in Germany, the Czech Republic, England, and the USA. Mr. Baranowski has appeared on German television multiple times and was featured on the primetime program Hit Giganten as well as Fernsehgarten reaching millions of viewers.

In the fall of 2010, David also began collaboration with Irish singer Julie Feeney. Julie is in the midst of composing her third album and first opera, and returned to the States to tour in spring 2012, with David at the keyboard.

Mr. Baranowski is currently the Director of Music at St. Joseph Roman Catholic Church in Danbury Ct. He has studied piano with Paul Ostrovsky and Steven Lubin, organ with Robert Fertitta, and voice with Stefano Algieri. He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees from the Purchase College Conservatory of Music.