SHAKESPEARE ALOUD

Music Direction

In this video I’m conducting a choir of community members in Colchester, England, assembled to sing the gorgeous John Wilbye 6-part madrigal, Draw On Sweet Night.  We are doing a pre-show run before a performance of DEPOT, a huge, sprawling, promenade, one-of-a-kind devised theatre piece performed by The Mercury Theatre Company off-site in two huge tram sheds.  In the production, I played a character based on John Wilbye (who lived part of his life in Colchester in the 17th century), and conduct the chorus in character.  For more on this incredible production, search youtube for DEPOT, Mercury Theatre Company.

I have studied conducting, choral and orchestral, from a handful of masters over the years including Isaiah Jackson, the nation’s first African American conductor of great prominence.  Though I love conducting and coaching in the music sector, I find my skills are most aptly suited to providing musical direction for works of theatre such as this.

Other notable moments in my career as Music Director include:

Founding Member, Chorus Master – The Mahagonny Ensemble (Poughkeepsie, NY) – committed to 20th and 21st century works.

Conductor in Residence, Purdue University – Urinetown

Resident Music Director, Shakespeare & Company – from 2005 to the present.