PRO ARTE CHORALE

 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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    50th Anniversary Gala Concert with Orchestra Modern, June 2014 - © Paul Donohoe Photography

50th Anniversary Gala Concert with Orchestra Modern, June 2014 - © Paul Donohoe Photography

The Pro Arte Chorale strives to be one of New Jersey’s foremost volunteer choruses and to be among the top rank of regional choruses in America. The Chorale is committed to enriching the lives of its members, its audience and the broader community by exploring many musical traditions in a variety of venues, presenting performances of the highest artistic quality, and supporting educational endeavors.

Founded in 1964, the Pro Arte Chorale is one of the Northeast’s most prominent choral organizations! The Chorale has appeared in major concert venues across the region including the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Avery Fisher Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Carnegie Hall, and the South Orange Performing Arts Center. In addition to its own subscription series, the Chorale has appeared with the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic, American Symphony Orchestra, Westfield Symphony Orchestra, and the Mark Morris Dance Company. In May 2008 the Pro Arte Chorale traveled to Liverpool, UK to perform with the Liverpool Welsh Choral at Mossley Hill Church, as part of Liverpool’s celebration as Cultural Capital of Europe. In May 2009 the Liverpool Welsh Choral traveled to the U.S. to join the Pro Arte Chorale and Westfield Symphony Orchestra in performances of Verdi’s Requiem in Ridgewood and Westfield, NJ.

The Chorale has been conducted by William Memmott, John Nelson, Roger Nierenberg, Bart Folse, David Crone, and Joshua Greene. In addition, the Chorale has sung under the batons of Nicholas McGegan, Zubin Mehta, Julius Rudel, Hugh Wolff, Zdenek Macal, Yuri Temirkanov, Leon Botstein, Gerard Schwartz, David Wroe, and is now currently conducted by Steven Fox.

Pro Arte Chorale is a proud recipient of funding from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.  Pro Arte Chorale is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.  All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

 
   
  
 
  
    
  
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OUR MUSIC DIRECTOR

MAESTRO BRYAN ZAROS

Throughout its 50 year history the Pro Arte Chorale has been most fortunate to be led by rising young conductors, such as John Nelson, Roger Nierenberg and Steven Fox, who have gone on to highly distinguished careers in music. Following this tradition, the Pro Arte Chorale is proud to announce the appointment of Bryan Zaros as its new Music Director.

Bryan is a young conductor recognized for his “strong musical imagination” and “deep sense of musicality and communication.” A native New Yorker, he received a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of Michigan. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.

Bryan began his professional musical training as a member of the Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and as a boy chorister at The Church of the Transfiguration NYC. At the age of sixteen he was appointed the Assistant Choirmaster at Transfiguration while also serving as the Assistant Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Park Avenue. Recent conducting engagements have included invitations with choirs and orchestras in England, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Argentina, Greece, Slovenia, Ireland and Romania. Most notably he has conducted concerts at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center and at American Choral Director’s Association Conferences. He is a recipient of several conducting awards including an American Prize award in Conducting.

Most recently, Bryan served as the Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old Farms School, as the Conductor of the Archdiocesan Choir and Orchestra at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, and as a conductor of choirs at the University of Hartford.

Bryan is the Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine and made his conducting debut with the Cathedral’s Choirs at Westminster Abbey, London.

“I am extremely proud of the work Bryan Zaros has done as Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, and also through his doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music,” said Kent Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine. “He embodies that rare combination of musicality, excellent people skills and a commitment to doing the hard work it takes to truly be a fine conductor. It gives me great joy to see him take on the music director position with the Pro Arte Chorale, and I look forward to witnessing his work with this cherished and esteemed ensemble!”.  For more about Bryan Zaros, click on his website, www.bryanzaros.com.

 
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ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR & ACCOMPANIST

Janet Montgomery has won acclaim as a pianist, organist, coach, and conductor. She has appeared in concert at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center to Washington National Cathedral, and the Juilliard School. She has accompanied such groups as the New York Choral Society, the Gregg Smith Singers, Musica Sacra, and the Masterwork Chorus. She is a founding member of the Serafini Brillanti Trio; the group has recorded a CD and has performed extensively in New Jersey, Florida, and the Chicago area. Ms. Montgomery is the director of music at the Community Church of Glen Rock and is the accompanist and keyboard assistant at the Barnert Temple of Franklin Lakes. She is also on the music faculty of the Dwight Englewood School. Ms. Montgomery graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory with a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and has a master’s degree in accompanying from the Manhattan School of Music. She also holds the AAGO certification from the American Guild of Organists.

 

STAFF & BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Staff

  • Bryan Zaros, Music Director
  • Janet Montgomery, Assistant Conductor and Accompanist
  • Catherine Guinard, Administrator

Board of TrusteeS

  • Dr. Joseph DeFazio, President
  • Jane Stein, Vice President
  • Robert Dodds, Treasurer
  • Andrea Covais, Secretary
  • Marilyn Becker
  • Hugh Dougan
  • Enid Hayflick
  • Jeffrey Kresky
  • Virginia Miner
  • Roy Ronning
  • Susan Seay

Graphic Design

  • Kathy Smyth Design

Printing

  • Jon Bogner, Printology
     Enid Hayflick, past President & current board member

    Enid Hayflick, past President & current board member

     Tom Hellegers, Virginia Miner, board member & music chair & Dr. Joe DeFazio, President

    Tom Hellegers, Virginia Miner, board member & music chair & Dr. Joe DeFazio, President

     Past board members, Ken Benkovic, Treasurer and Mike Stella with their wives

    Past board members, Ken Benkovic, Treasurer and Mike Stella with their wives

     Special Event Co-Chairs: Susan Seay and Connie Collins

    Special Event Co-Chairs: Susan Seay and Connie Collins

     Jane Stein, Vice President, and Susan Seay, board member

    Jane Stein, Vice President, and Susan Seay, board member

     Patricia Klecanda, Catherine Guinard, chorale administrator, and Susan Seay, board member

    Patricia Klecanda, Catherine Guinard, chorale administrator, and Susan Seay, board member