Our Program Director is Mr. Joseph S. Piccirillo and he took over direction of the choir in December, 2015.  He has produced very successful concerts for us and the choir enjoys learning from and working with Mr. Piccirillo. 


Mr. Piccirillo is the K-12 District Supervisor of the Fine, Performing, and Practical Arts for the Vernon Township School District in Vernon, NJ.   He joined Vernon after working as the K-12 Music Chairperson of the Nyack School District in Rockland County, NY and spending seven years as a music teacher at Bayside High School in New York City where he served as the Choral Director and General Music teacher. Mr. Piccirillo holds degrees in music from New York University and Westminster Choir College. 

As a choral director, Mr. Piccirillo has led many choral groups with ages ranging from children to adult and in levels ranging from amateur to professionals. Mr. Piccirillo’s ensembles have performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Palace Theatre, and The United Nations, to name a few. He has maintained partnerships with the National Chorale, Carnegie Hall, and the Collegiate Chorale empowering his ensembles to perform with some of the best orchestras and ensembles in the world.

Mr. Piccirillo’s groups have sung alongside many of music’s most famous vocalists across a variety of styles ranging from Dee Snider to Bryn Terfel. As an employee of Carnegie Hall, Mr. Piccirillo has served as a rehearsal conductor for several major Carnegie Hall productions including Too Hot To Handel: The Gospel Messiah and Bernstein’s Mass – working with orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and Orchestra of St. Lukes.  Additionally, Mr. Piccirillo served as a director of Carnegie Hall’s “Count Me In” program for three years. Additional conducting credits include serving as the Rockland County All-County Chorus director in 2014 and holding the position of Principal Conductor of the New York City Salute to Music Chorus – an honors children chorus.

As a vocalist, Mr. Piccirillo has performed with ensembles in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall as well as various venues throughout the NYC area as a choral singer and classical and jazz soloist. He has sung with the Collegiate Chorale for many productions including Bach’s Liebslieder Waltzes, Mendelssohn’s “Elijah” and Tchaikovsky’s “Maid of Orleans.” He was also an original member of the New York City Master Chorale and sang as a member of the group for several productions including Lauridsen’s “Lux Aeterna.” Mr. Piccirillo has previously served as a cantor at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village for over 10 years specializing in chant and early music.

 

Mr. Piccirillo maintains several private music students ranging from children to adult and studying voice, contemporary jazz piano & composition, and music theory & ear training. Mr. Piccirillo’s other interests include educational philosophy. He has presented at several national conferences on his research and writing and has also written two musicals.

 

 

 

 

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