New artistic director named as West Village Chorale launches 46th season
West Village Chorale will have a new artistic director at the helm as it embarks
on its 46th season this September, with the appointment of Colin Britt after a
thorough nationwide search. Since it was founded by Gwen Gould in 1971, the West
Village Chorale has had only one other long-term conductor, Michael Conley, who
served as artistic director from 2000 to 2015. The group’s distinguished interim
conductors were Andrew Megill, from 1998 to 2000, and Malcolm J. Merriweather,
who just concluded a stunning 2015-2016 season before moving uptown to the
podium of the Dessoff Choirs.
Fresh from receiving his doctorate in choral conducting from the Mason Gross
School of the Arts at Rutgers University, Britt has planned a three-concert
program for the Chorale that includes Great Masters like Mendelssohn and Bach
but also a healthy representation of 20th and 21st century composers. One of
those contemporary composers will be Colin Britt himself. The Chorale’s March
program will include his setting of three poems by Edgar Allan Poe.
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