Board of Directors
Joe Waz was Ann Stookey’s husband for 31 years. He is a senior strategic advisor for Comcast Corporation, and senior counsellor, creative content protection for NBCUniversal. He based in Los Angeles, CA. He served for six years as chair of Settlement Music School, America’s oldest and largest community school of the arts, based in Philadelphia, PA.
President and Chief Financial Officer
Jack Waz is the son of Ann Stookey and Joe Waz. He has worked in the writer’s rooms of several television series, and in development for Fremantle North America in Los Angeles.
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- Dale Adelmann
- Robert Geary
- Zachary Hemenway
- Michael McCarthy
- Donald Nally
- Craig Phillips
- Mark Shapiro
- Carmen Helena Tellez
Cathedral of St. Philip
Dale Adelmann was appointed Canon for Music at the Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, in 2009, having served previously as director of music at All Saints’, Beverly Hills; St. Paul’s Cathedral, Buffalo; and the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. He has conducted choral festivals in Atlanta, Birmingham, Denver, New York City, Pittsburgh, Raleigh-Durham, St. Louis, Tucson, and Washington DC, among others, most often under the auspices of the Royal School of Church Music in America. He has presented for national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, most recently in Nashville (2012), and he has conducted the Sewanee Church Music Conference (2011). He currently serves on the external advisory board of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, and the board of the Anglican Musicians Foundation. He is a past president of the Association of Anglican Musicians, co-chaired its 2009 national conference in Los Angeles, and has served both as editor and consulting editor of the Journal of AAM. Following study at the University of Michigan, Albert-Ludwigs-Universität (Freiburg, Germany), and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music, he was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Cambridge, England, where he remained to complete a Ph.D. specializing in the revival of Anglican choral worship. His subsequent book on the subject was declared “essential reading” for Anglican musicians and historians by reviewers both in the scholarly and the international Church press. While at Cambridge, he became the first North American to sing in the renowned Choir of St. John’s College, then under the direction of George Guest. He also served as Musical Director of The Gentlemen of St. John’s, the semi-professional choral ensemble comprising the choral scholars of the College Choir, conducting concert tours of Sweden, Northern Ireland, Wales, England, and the U.S.A.
Volti San Francisco
Robert Geary is founding Artistic Director of the professional ensemble Volti, the Piedmont East Bay Children’s Choir, and the Golden Gate International Choral Festival, and also serves as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Choral Society. A champion of new music, he and his choirs have won numerous awards from ASCAP and at prestigious competitions in Asia, Europe, Russia, and North America. Geary has conducted in 26 countries, served as a clinician and guest conductor in the US, Finland, Denmark and Singapore, and recorded for Koch International, Swiss International Radio and Innova. His choirs have been selected to perform for the national conferences of Chorus America, the American Choral Directors Association, the Organization of American Kodaly Educators, and the College Music Society. They have performed for radio, television, opera, symphony and music festivals nationally and internationally. Geary also has prepared his choirs for some of the world’s leading conductors, including Helmuth Rilling, Robert Shaw, Kurt Herbert Adler, Edo de Waart, Krzysztof Penderecki, Herbert Blomstedt, Dale Warland, Kent Nagano and Michael Tilson Thomas.
St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Philadelphia
Zach Hemenway is the Director of Music at Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, PA, where he serves as principal organist and leads an active and highly regarded choral program for children and adults. He also serves as Archdiocesan Organist for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia. As an active recitalist, he has performed throughout the United States and in Europe. Previously, Zach served as Director of Music at Christ Church in Guilford, CT, and at the Episcopal Church at Yale, and as organ scholar at Christ Church, Rochester NY, the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, and Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church in St. Louis, MO. Zach received his Bachelor of Music degree in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, where he studied with David Higgs, and earned his Master of Music degree in organ with Thomas Murray at the Institute of Sacred Music and the School of Music at Yale University. While at university, Zach also worked in Organ Improvisation, studying with Dr. William Porter and Jeffery Brillhart.
Washington National Cathedral
In the summer of 2003 Michael McCarthy was appointed director of music at the Cathedral in 2003. In that role, Michael oversees the Cathedral’s expanding music program, as well as serves as principal choirmaster. Michael was the founder and director of the London [England] Oratory School Schola. Founded in 1996, the Schola quickly became one of London’s premier boys’ concert choirs, performing regularly on the London concert platform and in the studio for both the recording and film industries. Michael directed the Schola in recordings for films including Sleepy Hollow, The Lord of the Rings cycle, and the Harry Potter series. A graduate of Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Michael has worked with numerous professional choirs including The Sixteen, the Gabrieli Consort, and the Monteverdi Choir under the direction of Sir John Eliot Gardiner. In January 2002 he became the choir manager for the Monteverdi Choir. His experience directing young choristers includes duties as lay clerk at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, and Saint Alban’s Abbey in Hertfordshire. He also served as master of music at Saint Benedict’s Abbey, Ealing, prior to beginning the London Oratory School.
The Crossing, Philadelphia
Donald Nally is conductor of The Crossing, a professional chamber choir in Philadelphia focused on new music and winner of the 2009 and 2011 ASCAP award for Adventurous Programming. He is also Director of Choral Organizations at Northwestern University, and chorus master of The Chicago Bach Project, an annual performance of the Bach master works. He has served as music director of Cincinnati’s Vocal Arts Ensemble, as chorus master at the Lyric Opera of Chicago and at Welsh National Opera, and for many seasons at the Spoleto Festival in Italy. Donald also served as chorus master at the Opera Company of Philadelphia and music director of the Choral Arts Society of Philadelphia, recipient of the 2002 Margaret Hillis National Award for Excellence in Choral Music. The Crossing, all of whose concerts are heard on WRTI-FM Philadelphia, has released three recordings, performed at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and collaborated with the International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Bang on a Can, Lyric Fest, Tempesta di Mare Baroque Chamber Orchestra, Piffaro the Renaissance Band, Philadelphia Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra, Dolce Suono, Network for New Music, and Miller Theatre of Columbia University. Donald has commissioned over fifty substantial works including those from Pulitzer Prize laureates David Lang (2008) and Lewis Spratlan (2000). Donald holds his DMA from the University of Illinois, his MM from Westminster Choir College, and his BM from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.
All Saints’ Beverly Hills
Dr. Craig Phillips, a distinguished and popular American composer and organist, has served as Director of Music at All Saints’ Church, Beverly Hills since 2009. He previously served for 20 years as the churches’ Associate Director of Music and Composer-in-Residence. He was named the American Guild of Organists Distinguished Composer for 2012, joining an illustrious list that include past honorees Virgil Thomson, Ned Rorem, Daniel Pinkham, Stephen Paulus, David Hurd and others. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Oklahoma Symphony, the Los Angeles Mozart Orchestra, with members of the Eastman Philharmonia, and with Musica Angelica at the Corona del Mar Baroque Music Festival, and his works have been performed in churches and institutions around the world. Dr. Phillips has appeared as soloist at regional conventions of the AGO and at various venues across the United States. His music has been the subject of feature articles in the American Organist (March 2012), the Los Angeles Times (February 2012) and The Diapason (June 2009). Dr. Phillips has received numerous commissions from such organizations as the American Guild of Organists, the Episcopal Church (for the 2006 General Convention), the Association of Anglican Musicians, Stellar Brass (USAF Academy Band), the Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew’s (Pacific Palisades, CA), CoroAllegro of Wilmington, Delaware, The University of Iowa, Syracuse University, University of California at Riverside, Washington National Cathedral and many other churches and institutions. He has received numerous ASCAP awards, and a Meet the Composer grant. His works have been recorded on the Gothic, Arkay, JAV, Summit, and Pro Organo labels. Dr. Phillips holds the degrees Doctor of Musical Arts, Master of Music, and the Performers Certificate from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, NY, where he studied with Russell Saunders. His Bachelor of Music Degree is from Oklahoma Baptist University, and his early musical studies were at the Blair School of Music in Nashville.
Cantori New York
Conductor Mark Shapiro is Artistic Director of Cantori New York and Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York. With Cantori New York, he has received three Chorus America/ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming, in 1997, 2000, and 2010. With the Monmouth Civic Chorus, which he led for over two decades, he received the Chorus America/ASCAP Alice Parker Award in 2008.In 2011 Mark was appointed the seventh Music Director of The Cecilia Chorus of New York; in his inaugural season, that group presented its first ever commissioned work for Carnegie Hall. Mark has commissioned extensively and has conducted over seventy national, local and world premieres by a large and diverse roster of composers. Cantori has released four commercial recordings, one of which was an Opera News Editor’s Choice. Cantori has appeared at Zankel Hall, Le Poisson Rouge, and Lincoln Center. Mark has been heard on PBS, conducting the soundtrack for Ric Burns’ special on New York City, as well as on radio stations WQXR and WNYC. He is also active as an opera and orchestra conductor: he has conducted opera for Juilliard Vocal Arts, American Opera Projects, Carolina Coast Chamber Festival, The Center for Contemporary Opera, Mannes Opera, Underworld Opera and others; he is a regular guest conductor for the Nova Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra in Halifax, and has conducted performances with the Bridgeport and Prince Edward Island Symphonies. Mark is an Assistant Professor of Music at LIU Post, and is on the conducting faculty of Mannes College the New School for Music; he is also Director of Conducting at the European American Musical Alliance in Paris. Mark holds his BA from Yale University and his DMA from Stonybrook University; he earned diplomas in orchestral conducting from the Peabody Conservatory and the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris.
Carmen Helena Tellez
University of Notre Dame
Carmen-Helena Téllez is Professor of Conducting at the University of Notre Dame, and previously served as Director of Graduate Choral Studies and the Director of the Latin American Music Center (LAMC) at the Jacobs School of Music of Indiana University, where she also directed their Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She is also the Artistic Co-Director of Aguavá New Music Studio, an artists’ group with which she records and tours internationally. She has been the Resident Conductor of the Chicago Contemporary Chamber Players (Contempo), the Music Director of the National Chorus of Spain, and a Visiting Professor at Dartmouth College. At LAMC, Carmen-Helena supervised the largest collection of Latin American art music outside of the Library of Congress and a constellation of research and promotion activities. She has been responsible for the commission and world premiere of many works that have garnered the highest critical praise. In 2008 she produced and conducted the video-opera Unicamente la verdad, by Mexican composer Gabriela Ortiz and video artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres. In 2006 she conducted the world-premiere of James MacMillan’s Sun-Dogs, a work she co-commissioned for the Indiana University Contemporary Vocal Ensemble. She also commissioned and premiered Mario Lavista’s Missa ad Consolationes Dominam Nostram, Cary Boyce’s Ave Maria, and Ingram Marshall’s Savage Altars. She has won grants and awards from the US-Mexico Fund for Culture, the Rockefeller, Mellon and Lilly Foundations, the Indiana Arts Commission, and the United States Information Agency. She has been a board member of the American Composers Forum as well as an adjudicator for the Tomás Luis de Victoria and Otto Mayer Serra Prizes Composition and Musicology Prizes. Born in Caracas, where she completed conservatory studies in piano and composition, Carmen-Helena obtained a Doctor of Music degree with Highest Distinction at Indiana University in 1989.