Music Director

Pro Arte Chorale Welcomes Steven Fox

Throughout its 50 year history the Pro Arte Chorale has been most fortunate to be led by rising young conductors, such as John Nelson and Roger Nierenberg, who have later gone on to highly distinguished careers in music. Following this tradition, the Pro Arte Chorale is proud to announce the appointment of Steven Fox as its new Music Director. As Kent Tritle, one of America’s leading choral conductors said on WQXR, “Maestro Fox is emerging as one of New York City’s most promising young conductors. Keep your eyes peeled for him.”

As Artistic Director of Clarion Music Society since 2006, Maestro Fox has taken the Clarion Orchestra and Choir to Lincoln Center on the White Light and Scope Festivals, Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Miller Theatre at Columbia, and The Morgan Library; he has garnered critical praise from The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Seen and Heard International, Musical America, BBC Music Magazine and The Boston Globe.

Increasingly in demand as a conductor of early oratorio and opera, Maestro Fox served as the Associate Conductor for the New York City Opera’s productions of Handel’s Agrippina, under Ransom Wilson, and Purcell’s King Arthur, under Jane Glover and with Christian Curnyn on Handel’s Partenope. In 2008 he appeared as the first guest conductor in the 35-year history of the Aston Magna Festival. Other guest conducting engagements have included Handel’s Judas Maccabaeus in Vilnius, Lithuania, with Jauna Muzika; and Mozart’s Sparrow Mass at St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City.

At the age of 21, Maestro Fox traveled to St. Petersburg, Russia, and founded the country’s first period instrument orchestra, Musica Antiqua St. Petersburg. With Musica Antiqua, he has revived a lost repertoire of Russian 18th-century music from the court of Catherine the Great, including the earliest Russian symphony, Berezovsky’s Symphony in C (c.1771), and the premiere of Dmitri Bortniansky’s final opera, Le fils rival (1787), in the Hermitage Theater.

In 2014, he begins as Music Director of the new Geneva International Early Music Festival and is entering his sixth season as Music Director of the Taghkanic Chorale in Peekskill. He has been Assistant and Cover Conductor for the Metropolitan Opera Lindemann Young Artists Program and Juilliard Opera, and returned for the fourth year to New York City Opera as an Associate Conductor for Christopher Alden’s production of Cosi fan Tutte.

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He also recently made his debut conducting the Handel and Haydn Society in Boston (called ‘stunning’ by The Boston Globe), and with Juilliard415 at Lincoln Center (‘exceptional’ by Seen and Heard International). Upcoming debuts include the Fundacion Excelentia in Madrid and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra.

Maestro Fox graduated a Senior Fellow with High Honors from Dartmouth College and with Distinction from the Royal Academy of Music, London, where, in 2010, he was named an Associate for ‘remarkable achievement in and contribution to his field in music’.

The Pro Arte Chorale is delighted to bring Maestro Fox’s considerable experience and talent to northern New Jersey and is looking forward to an exciting 50th anniversary season.