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.