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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 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 Clubís 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 choirmasterís 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 menís chorus, many of which are performed by other vocal ensembles.

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

 
ABOUT THE ACCOMPANIST

A native of Korea and a New York resident, accompanist Saffron Chung recently performed as a guest artist in Paris, France, as part of the Atelier Concert Series.

She has worked as an assistant conductor with such opera companies as Chautauqua Opera, El Paso Opera, Florida Grand Opera, Glimmerglass Opera, Madison Opera, New York City Opera, Sarasota Opera, and Utah Festival Opera Company.

Ms. Chung taught accompanying at William Paterson State University and was staff accompanist with the Harlem Boys Choir and at The Juilliard School, Manhattan School of Music, and Mannes School of Music. She led a workshop of Brahms Lieder for the voice department at Hong Kong Academy for the Performing Arts.  

Ms. Chung holds a master of music in accompanying from the University of Cincinnatiís College-Conservatory of Music and a bachelor of music from Oberlin College in piano performance and vocal accompanying