New York Choral Consortium

 

The New York Choral Consortium is a membership organization composed of choruses that call New York City home, representing a diverse community of singers and choral organizations. The NYCC fosters a spirit of mutual support and collaboration amongst its members and strives to contribute to the cultural appreciation of choral music throughout New York City.

Our Mission:

The New York Choral Consortium (NYCC) is dedicated to nurturing the large and vibrant choral arts community in New York City by –

 

  • Promoting members’ activities to the widest possible audience;

  • Educating the public to the powerful experience of choral music;

  • Supporting the health of member organizations through cooperation and professional development opportunities. 

 

Even beyond serving choral ensembles within the arts mecca of New York City, the NYCC holds a significant position as choral arts ambassador to the world.

 

Member organizations have access to strategy seminars, networking events, and social events that promote healthier choruses and a more vibrant choral community.  The NYCC publishes a choral calendar on this website and distributes information on upcoming concerts of member organizations through an opt-in email list. Every June, the NYCC sponsors The Big Sing, a massed singing event where singers from member choruses and members of the public gather to sing choral favorites under the batons of NYCC conductors.

We encourage member choruses of NYCC to use our new logo, designed by Audrey Miller, for websites and/or programs. These logos are available here to download in high-resolution PNG format (transparent) in color and b/w: 

Chair: Deborah King

Dr. Deborah Simpkin King is a visionary conductor, advocate and educator with a wide reach of influence. She is Founder and Artistic Director of Ember, the pro-am choral ensemble of Schola Cantorum on Hudson (Schola), dually based in NYC and NJ, that focuses on new music with socially pertinent programming. Dr. King is also the founder and artistic director of PROJECT : ENCORE™, the international advocacy initiative in promotion of postpremiere performances of new music. 

 

In addition to her active life as a guest conductor, Dr. King serves as Director of Music at Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church, Plainfield, NJ, and Artistic Director of the church-sponsored Crescent Concerts Series, a multidisciplinary presentation of vocal, instrumental, choral and orchestral music events for the residents of Plainfield and the surrounding communities. In this capacity she conducts the Crescent Choral Society and the Crescent Singers. 

Her industry leadership takes such additional forms as her Chairmanship of the New York Choral Consortium (since 2012), Coordination of the NJ-ACDA HS Choral Festival (since 1994), and frequent presentations at professional conferences on new music and choral consortia. She also serves as a host on WWFM’s weekly syndicated broadcast, “Sounds Choral.”

Communications: Erica Westcott Kelly

Erica Westcott Kelly has been singing in choirs since the age of 4 and is the former Executive Director for the New York City Master Chorale. She currently serves as the Music Production Coordinator at Purchase College, SUNY, Director of Operations for the Westchester Children's Chorus, and Executive Director of the New Choral Society in Westchester. She previously worked in the education departments at Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Orchestra of St. Luke’s. Before moving to New York, Erica was Executive Director of the Tallahassee Community Chorus under the direction of Dr. Andre J. Thomas, as well as Camp Director for Shrine Mont’s Music and Drama camp. Ms. Kelly holds a Master of Arts degree in Arts Administration from Florida State University and a Bachelor of Music degree in Vocal Music Education from James Madison University in Virginia.

Treasurer: Joanne W. Lawson

Joanne W. Lawson is Executive Vice President of the New York Choral Society where she serves on the Board of Trustees and the Board of Managers. She has been a singing member of NYChoral since 1967. Joanne has served as an at-large board member of NYCC. Professionally Joanne served in senior management and executive positions with nonprofit organizations and advertising agencies for thirty-five years and is now retired.  For half her career she worked at the U.S. Fund for UNICEF where she was Director of the UNICEF Greeting Card Program and later served as Executive Vice President and was a member of the Executive Committee.  She has been head of direct marketing fundraising programs for CARE and the ASPCA. She was one of the four founders of D’arcy Direct and served as Vice President of Market Strategy.

Webmaster: Jacob Levine

Jacob is the founder and CEO of Chorus Connection and a proud member of the NYC Gay Men’s Chorus. A lifelong choir nerd and tech geek, he loves marrying his passions to help choruses provide richer experiences for and connect more effectively with their singers, patrons, and communities.

Membership: John Maclay

John Maclay has built the Choral Society into one of New York City's most admired choral arts organizations during his 16-year tenure as its Music Director. Reviewers have consistently noted his “carefully considered” programming and the “discipline and passion” of the chorus.  While in graduate school, John was assistant conductor of the Harvard Glee Club, America’s oldest collegiate chorus. He accompanied and conducted choruses at Haverford and Bryn Mawr Colleges, where he co-founded the colleges’ musical theater troupe. He currently serves as Membership Committee Chair for the New York Choral Consortium.

Marketing: Lucy Mathias

Lucy Mathias is the current Board secretary and former Managing Director, Development Chair, and Social Media / Marketing Manager for the Young New Yorkers' Chorus. During her tenure as a YNYC leader, the choir has accomplished significant milestones, including making their Carnegie Hall debut, performing as a featured ensemble for iHeartRadio, singing with the New York Philharmonic, and premiering a range of prestigious new music from leading composers. A lifelong musician, Lucy has been engaged in New York's rich choral community since 2012. Lucy has a history in arts marketing and currently works at a marketing and PR firm specializing in architecture and design. 

Programs: Malcolm J. Merriweather

Malcolm J. Merriweather is the Music Director of New York City’s The Dessoff Choirs. He is an Assistant Professor and Director of Choirs at Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music, Artist-in-Residence at Union Theological Seminary, and the Music Director of “Voices of Haiti,” a 60-member children’s choir in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He is an active baritone soloist, appearing with many of New York’s choruses. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from the Manhattan School of Music, and Master of Music degrees in Choral Conducting and in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music.

Operations: Elisa Nikoloulias

Elisa Nikoloulias is the Managing Director of the Young New Yorkers’ Chorus (Women’s Ensemble). Elisa is an active freelance singer in the tri-state area and serves on the Board of the TreasureHouse Chorale and Chamber Orchestra. An advocate for community, Elisa is on both the Sing for Hope and Professional Women Singer’s Association rosters. Elisa works in philanthropy and is the Finance & HR Associate at New York State Health Foundation and is a graduate of Wagner College.

The BIG SING: Ronnie Oliver

Ronnie Oliver, Jr. is a conductor and educator whose commitment to the advancement of the choral art through performance, mentoring, and teaching has spanned over 30 years.  Ronnie is currently the Associate Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music. He is the Artistic Director and Conductor of EnsembleNYC, an emerging choral ensemble whose vision is to be a catalyst for hope in New York City. He has served as choral director and teacher of conducting at Westminster Choir College (Princeton, NJ), Western Michigan University, Western Kentucky University, Greensboro College (NC), and Texas Tech University.


Ronnie received his Bachelor of Music Education degree from Murray State University in Murray, KY, and his Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting and the Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University.  He studied conducting with Robert Baar, Gerald Welker, and Kenneth Davis. In addition, Ronnie has participated in masterclasses with Paul Salamunovich, Robert Page, Dennis Keene, Helmuth Rilling, and Robert Shaw. He has appeared at Carnegie Hall, most recently conducting Fauré’s Requiem with the Masterworks Festival Chorus and New York City Chamber Orchestra.

Governance and Development: Richard Pace

Richard Pace is the President of the Oratoiro Society of New York. He joined the Society in 1968. He has also sung with the City College Chorus, and the Collegiate Choral in the 1960s. He is a founding member of the Consortium and worked on the incorporation documents. He also serves as president of Amherst Early Music, serves on the board of New York Public Radio and served on the board of the Sherman Chamber Ensemble for a number of years.

Secretary: Erika Rohrbach

Erika Rohrbach has served as NYCC Secretary since 2011 and been singing with and on the board of The Dessoff Choirs for over 15 years. By day, she is a Professor and International Student Advisor directing International Student Services at the Fashion Institute of Technology, SUNY. Active in the international education community, she currently serves as diversity adviser for NAFSA: Association of International Educators and is a past chair of NAFSA Region X. She has received distinguished service and leadership awards from NAFSA Region X and the Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs, and is a former Fulbright scholar to Japan. She is a member of One To World’s Higher Education Advisory Committee and a freelance writer for Kirkus Reviews

Member at Large: Kent Tritle

Kent Tritle is one of America’s leading choral conductors. Called “the brightest star in New York's choral music world” by The New York Times, he is Director of Cathedral Music and Organist at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City; Music Director of the Oratorio Society of New York, the acclaimed 200-voice volunteer chorus; and Music Director of Musica Sacra, New York’s longest continuously performing professional chorus. In addition, Kent is Director of Choral Activities at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of the graduate faculty of The Juilliard School.  An acclaimed organ virtuoso, he is also the organist of the New York Philharmonic and Chair of the Organ Department of the Manhattan School of Music.

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