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, 7:30-9:45 pm.
To Join: Join us at the first rehearsal. Sometimes joining later in the season is possible. Please arrive between 7 and 7:15 to register. Danbury Music Centre membership required.
Christine R. Howlett
Music Director and Conductor, Danbury Concert Chorus
Christine R. Howlett is an Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Vassar College Choir, and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have toured overseas in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The Vassar College Women’s Chorus has performed at conferences at the National Collegiate Choral Association and at the American Choral Directors Association Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia. The ensemble was honored to perform again at ACDA’s Baltimore conference in 2014. Recent commissions include Three Songs from the Parlour by Eleanor Daley, Night City by Tarik O’Regan and, for a consortium of women’s choruses, Cassiopeia by Timothy Takach.
Ms. Howlett is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble with a thirty-eight year history of performing in the Hudson Valley. In 2006, she co-founded the Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 8-17. She is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator, and directed the New York All-State Women’s Chorus in 2011. She was appointed Music Director of the Danbury Concert Chorus in 2011.
Ms. Howlett is active as a soloist and choral singer. In collaboration with Patrick Wood Uribe, violin, and Holly Chatham, piano, the trio released “Love Raise Your Voice” in 2012 to critical acclaim. The recording contains new and recently commissioned works for soprano, violin, and piano by Carson Cooman, Tarik O’Regan, Richard Wilson, and others. Ms. Howlett has sung in ensembles under Marin Alsop, Simon Carrington, Alan Gilbert, Paul Goodwin, Jane Glover, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Lorin Maazel, Andrew Megill, and Helmut Rilling, and has performed with professional ensembles including the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, the New York Choral Artists, and most recently, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorus. She studied Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto, and earned a Master’s Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.
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.