Meet our 2017-2018 Season Danbury Concert Chorus Music Director & Conductor Search Finalists
Scott Toperzer Jason Thoms David Recca
The Danbury Concert Chorus is a non-auditioned ensemble that performs a variety of choral masterworks including an annual Messiah performed with members of the Danbury Symphony Orchestra.
Rehearsals: Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 pm.
Find the 2017-2018 Rehearsal Schedule here
To Join: Please contact the DMC office at 203-748-1716, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or join us at the first rehearsal on Tuesday, September 12, 2017. Please arrive between 7 and 7:15 to register.
Danbury Music Centre Membership at the Ensemble Level of $150 is required.
Please pay online below or by check to Danbury Music Centre, 256 Main Street, Danbury, CT 06810. Please call Barbara Jaeger, Associate Director at 203-748-1716 with any questions.
Scott Toperzer is a conductor and singer living in Ridgefield, CT. He has served as the Music Director at St. Stephen’s Church since 2010. He has conducted choral ensembles such as AMUSE (NYC) and the University of Oklahoma Chorus. His singing career included operatic and concert appearances with the opera companies of Arizona, St. Louis, Washington Concert, Opera North, Delaware, Caramoor, and Tanglewood Festial. His concert appearances have been heard over National Public Radio and have included organizations such as the Boston Symphony, the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Tanglewood Festival, and The Plymouth Music Series of Minnesota. Scott has performed leading and supporting roles under the direction of Seiji Ozawa, Robert Shaw, Helmuth Rilling, and David Zinman, and studied with the world renowned French baritone, Gérard Souzay at the Institute Musicale de Villecroze, in Villecroze, France.
Scott holds degrees from Boston University, the University of Oklahoma, and Bethel College in St. Paul, MN. Scott has a wife, Lydia, two beautiful children, Ben and Grace, and the world’s best dog, Gryphon.
“Love to the Soul”
November 11, 2017, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church of Danbury
Scott Toperzer, Music Director candidate
Cantata BWV 140 “Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme” – Johann Sebastian Bach
Five Hebrew Love Songs – Eric Whitacre
Be thou my vision / Parker
The water is wide / Paulus
Serenade / Schubert
Shenandoah / Trad. arr. Erb
Dr. Jason Thoms
Jason Thoms is the Director of Choral Activities, Music Area Director, and Dean of Arts and Sciences at Concordia College-New York. At Concordia he directs the Women’s Chorale, Men’s Glee, Tour Choir and Chamber Choir. His choirs have toured 49 states, 2 Canadian provinces, and Germany. He is a published composer through GIA Music, and frequently writes, transcribes and arranges music for choirs and instrumental ensembles. Jason is also a professional bass-baritone chorister and soloist who has sung with multiple professional ensembles including the Tennessee Chamber Choir, Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Bard Festival Chorus, Yale Choral Artists, Collegiate Chorale, and the Spire Chamber Ensemble.
” Hope for Resolution; Music of Protest, Perseverance and Peace”
Saturday, March 24, 2018 – Concert at First Congregational Church 7:30 pm
David Recca, is currently an Adjunct Professor of Music at the Conservatory of Music of Purchase College, SUNY. There he directs the Purchase College Chorus and Purchase Chamber Singers, he is a frequent guest conductor of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including music history, music theory, ear training, and conducting. He is also the director of the Southern Connecticut Camerata, a Norwalk-based early music ensemble known for its incisive and historically informed interpretations of early music ranging from renaissance madrigals to medieval motets. He is beginning his fourth season as the assistant director of the New Amsterdam Singers, a fixture in Manhattan’s choral scene which has been championing new works by living composers for over 40 seasons. He has also served as assistant conductor of Mercury Opera Rochester, principal assistant conductor of the Yale Camerata, and artistic director of Madrigalia Via, whose performances were hailed as “sinfully blissful” by the Wall Street Journal. He has prepared choirs for conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Erwin Ortner, and Sir Gilbert Levine.
In May 2014, David completed the coursework and performing requirements for the Doctorate of Musical Arts Degree in Choral Conducting at the Yale School of Music and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music. He holds a Master’s degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music and a Performer’s Certificate in Vocal Coaching and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Composition from Purchase College. He is a proud resident of Danbury, Connecticut.
Concert June 2, 2017, 7:30 pm, First Congregational Church of Danbury
Stay Tuned for more details!
Accompanist of the Danbury Concert Chorus
Max Vladimiroff is a graduate of the Gnessin College of Music in Moscow where he studied piano and improvisation. He obtained his MFA in music composition from the University of California, Irvine, and later studied in New York with composer Philip Lasser. His works have won several prizes, including the Musica Domani International Composition Prize, the Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction, the Keene State College Department of Music Call for Scores and the National Association of Composers USA Young Composers’ Competition. Vladimiroff lives and works in Brookfield, Connecticut.
Music Director Emeritus
Conductor, Danbury Concert Chorus and Danbury Symphony Orchestra Messiah
Richard Price was Music Director and Conductor of the Danbury Concert Chorus from 2002 to 2010, when he was named Music Director Emeritus. He is president of Candlewood Digital, called by Fanfare Magazine “one of the most respected classical recording firms in the industry.” As a producer/engineer he has over 1000 commercial CDs to his credit over 24 years, and has produced recordings for many major artists, including an ongoing series of recordings with the London Philharmonic. His work has been honored with three Grammy nominations and one Grammy award. Prior to entering the recording field, he had a 15-year career as a professional French horn player, serving as solo horn in the orchestras of Broadway shows, and as a baritone soloist with numerous choral and church groups in the NY/CT area. He is also a nationally known arranger, with performances by the Toronto, Dallas, Seattle, and Detroit Symphonies, Westminster Choir College, Pro Arte Singers, Canadian Brass, Philadelphia Orchestra Brass, New York Philharmonic Brass, and many others. He is an alumnus of The University of Michigan, The Juilliard School, and the Pierre Monteux Domaine School for Advanced Conducting Study. He lives on Candlewood Isle with his wife, composer Meg Bowles, and their daughter, Hannah.