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July 10, 2023


Greenwich Choral Society Announces

Appointment of a new Music Director and Conductor, Dr. Christine Howlett


The Board of Directors of the Greenwich Choral Society announces the appointment of Dr. Christine Howlett as the new Music Director and Conductor of the ensemble as it approaches its 100th Anniversary.


Dr. Howlett’s appointment comes after a year-long search following the retirement of Maestro Paul Mueller, and was conducted with the participation and support of the members of the Choral Society.


Joanne Falinski, Chair of the Choral Society Board of Directors, said, “Christine demonstrated her keen intelligence, strong musicianship, excellent teaching skills and a wonderful sense of humor throughout the long search process and convinced us that we could continue to make beautiful music with her as our new music director.” 


Sue Grele, a chorister, said, “Wunderbar!  Christine’s personality and musicianship shone even in front of a group of strangers.”  Jon Hunt, another long-time chorister, said, “No doubt about it - she’s the one for GCS!”


Dr. Howlett said, “I am delighted to have been appointed Music Director of the Greenwich Choral Society. Alongside the remarkable performance history of GCS, I am inspired by the impressive culture of commitment and volunteerism I have found in the ensemble. It is an honor to follow in Paul’s footsteps, and I’m grateful for his kindness and support as I assume this new role. With the 100th Anniversary season just around the corner, I am excited to lead the chorus through this impressive milestone.  Now, on to the music!!”


Canadian conductor and soprano Christine Howlett is Associate Professor and Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College, where she conducts the Vassar College Choir and Women's Chorus and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, the National Collegiate Choral Organization and the American Choral Directors Association’s Eastern Division Conferences.


Dr. Howlett is a regular guest conductor and chorus master for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic, and she is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble in the Hudson Valley. A supporter of contemporary music, Howlett has commissioned and premiered works by Eleanor Daley, Libby Larsen, Shavon Lloyd, Tarik O'Regan, and many others. Upcoming commissions include works by Katerina Gimon and Caroline Shaw, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Music. Howlett earned a Bachelor of Vocal Performance from the University of Toronto. She studied at Indiana University, earning a Master's Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting.


Dr. Howlett will begin her tenure with auditions for prospective new members in August and with the resumption of rehearsals of the Chorus in September for its traditional December Holiday Concerts.

Mass for Five Treble Voices by
Francesco Gasparini (2019), edited by Christine R. Howlett

Francesco Gasparini composed his Mass for Five Treble Voices for the figlie di coro (a famous all-female ensemble) at the Ospedale della Pietà in Venice. Gasparini had become the Pietà’s first full-time maestro di coro in 1701, and the mass was likely written early in his tenure. It is unusual in its lack of a bass part (scored for CCCAA with organ) and its inclusion of all five parts of the mass Ordinary (by 1700 most Venetian concerted masses fit the profile of the missa brevis, consisting solely of a Kyrie and Gloria). The work offers valuable insight into the ospedale repertoire, since a great deal of Venetian sacred music from this period has been lost. Based on an autograph manuscript, this edition makes Gasparini’s mass available to scholars interested in sacred music of the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries and enriches the repertoire for treble and women’s choruses  


For more information, please visit A-R Editions


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