Our Music Director


Frank Nemhauser,   Music Director

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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.

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