About Music Director Michael Conley
Michael Conley, composer, conductor, organist, pianist, oboist, and singer, was appointed Artistic Director of the West Village Chorale in July 2000, becoming the third conductor in the choir's 35-year history. He leads the Chorale in a series of annual concerts at the historic Judson Memorial Church in the beautiful Greenwich Village section of Manhattan.
Mr. Conley holds a bachelor's degree in composition from James Madison University in Virginia. His master's degree in conducting is from Westminster Choir College, where his principal teacher was Joseph Flummerfelt. While a student at Westminster he was awarded the Mueller Prize for outstanding work in the field of choral composition. In New York City, Mr. Conley has held positions as Assistant Director of Music to Kent Tritle at the Church of St. Ignatius Loyola (1996-1999), as Assistant Conductor of The Collegiate Chorale (2000-05), and as Director of the High School Chorus at the Dalton School (currently). With the Collegiate Chorale, Mr. Conley conducted the "Remembering the Dream" concert in January 2005 at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Times Square, besides helping prepare the Chorale for 14 Carnegie Hall performances and several special performances with the EOS Orchestra, the Ulster Philharmonic, at the Caramoor Festival and at the Verbier Festival.
Mr. Conley's other New York area conducting engagements have included a collaboration with the Omega Dance Company at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, leading a performance of Bernstein's Chichester Psalms and Copland's In the Beginning; a season as choirmaster for the Connecticut Grand Opera; and two seasons as Music Director and pianist at the Woodstock Fringe Festival. As a singer, Mr. Conley is a founding member of the professional 12-voice choir "Manhattan Voices" and was the baritone soloist with the Gregg Smith Singers in the premiere performance and recording of Princeton composer Dmitri Tymoczko's The Agony of Modern Music in spring 2005.
Music has been integral to the "Judson experience" over the years. All kinds of music turn up in the Sunday worship services - yes, hymns and religious songs and classical music, but also Broadway, pop, folk, and ethnic music. Ever since our Associate Minister Al Carmines (1962-79) taught us that "everybody can sing," the congregation has enjoyed singing out heartily. Visitors sometimes ask if the whole congregation is the choir!
The Judson Choir is an all-volunteer group under the expert direction of Music Director Michael Conley. New singers are welcome and feel free to sit in to see if you want to join. Rehearsals are Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. in the Meeting Room.
Our "Choir in Residence" - The West Village Chorale
LIke other arts programs at Judson, the music presented at Judson spans many styles. Among recent programs have been concerts by the resident West Village Chorale. Since 1971, the West Village Chorale has performed an eclectic repertoire that celebrates the classics and gives voice to new directions in choral music. In a wireless age of downloads, playlists and podcasts, we bring chorus and audience together in the spirit of community to experience the joy of choral music, live.
See the Announcements page on this website for current events.