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Previous Conductors
Henry Shrimpf
1866
Joseph Mosenthal
1867-1896
Arthur D. Woodruff
1896
Edward MacDowell
1896-1898
Arthur Mees
1898-1904
Frank Damrosch
1904-1909
Clarence Dickinson
1909-1913
Louis Koemmenich
1913-1919
Nelson P. Coffin
1919-1923
Ralph L. Baldwin
1923-1934
Cesare Sodero
1934-1947
Ladislas Hefelbein
1947-1954
Emerson Buckley
1954-1963
John Royer Bogue
1963-1995


 

 
 
 
 
 
ABOUT THE CONDUCTOR

Gene Wisoff

Gene Wisoff came to the Mendelssohn Glee Club as guest conductor in the fall of 1993 to fill in for the ailing John Royer Bogue. After the concert, Mr. Wisoff joined the Club as a baritone, and a year later, when Bogue retired, he became the Club’s fifteenth conductor. 

Born and raised in New York City, Mr. Wisoff received a bachelor of arts in music from Brooklyn College, where he sang in the chorus and other music groups.

After college he sang in churches and syna-gogues as a soloist while studying voice and opera privately, intending to pursue a singing career. However, on occasion he conducted as well, and a turning point came in 1986, when he was offered both the choirmaster’s position at his church and a soloist position at a prestigious church in Manhattan. He chose conducting.

During his tenure as conductor, he has arranged dozens of pieces for four-part men’s chorus, many of which are performed by other vocal ensembles.

Mr. Wisoff, who has worked in arts management, has a master’s in business administration from Baruch College. He has also studied conducting at Mannes School of Music with Rudolph Palmer.

 
ABOUT THE ACCOMPANIST

Hyerim Song

Hyerim Song is an active vocal coach and collaborative pianist in the United States and Korea, her native country.

Most
recently, Ms. Song was a coach with the Martina Arroyo Foundation (New York City) and a resident artist pianist with the Pittsburgh Festival Opera.

As a coach and pianist at INSIEM Opera (Korea) and at Seoul Metropolitan Opera, Ms. Song worked with the casts on full operas including La Traviata, Cavalleria Rusticana, Turandot, L'enfant et les sortilèges, and Rigoletto.

She received a vocal collaborative pianist fellowship from the Aspen Music Festival and School and was granted a full scholarship to SongFest (art song festival and training program) at the Colburn School (Los Angeles). There she worked closely with Libby Larsen, Graham Johnson, Jake Heggie, Alan Smith, and John Musto.

Ms. Song was a staff pianist at the New York Summer Music Festival (held at SUNY Oneonta), American Protégé International Music Competition (NYC), and Euro Music Festival (Vienna). 

She is pursuing a doctor of musical arts degree (DMA) at Manhattan School of Music.