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Hudson Chorale Welcomes New Music Director, Members For Upcoming Season

Ira Spaulding is the Hudson Chorale's new interim music director.
Ira Spaulding is the Hudson Chorale's new interim music director. Photo Credit: Contributed

PLEASANTVILLE, N.Y. -- Hudson Chorale is pleased to announce the appointment of conductor Ira Spaulding as its new interim music director.

Spaulding will be replacing music director Michael Conley, who has accepted a post as director of music ministries at Calvary Presbyterian Church in Pacific Heights, Cali.

Conley was instrumental in bringing about the merger of the Choral Arts Society and the Westchester Concert Singers to form Hudson Chorale in 2010. Under his leadership, Hudson Chorale achieved a size and a degree of professionalism that have given it a region-wide reputation for outstanding programming and superb musicianship.

Spaulding brings an astonishing depth and breadth of training and choral experience to his new role with Hudson Chorale. Spaulding has enjoyed a multi-faceted career spanning more than 35 years: teaching at the Conservatory of Amsterdam for 20 years, performing concerts and recitals and giving master classes and choral workshops in more than 60 countries, and singing in more than 55 countries.

As part of American Voices he was a soloist with orchestras in South America and Europe, and a guest choral conductor in Russia, Germany, Viet Nam, Mexico and several other countries. In 2008, after living in Europe for 27 years, Spaulding returned to his native New York to accept the position of Professor of Vocal and Choral Music at City College of New York.

Spaulding studied with Robert Simpson at Westminster Choir College (Bachelor of Music), earned a Master of Music from Eastern Kentucky University in Voice Performance and Choral Conducting, and received vocal coaching in Holland by Aafje Heynis at the suggestion of Jessye Norman.

For those who love choral singing, Hudson Chorale is welcoming new members in all voice parts (SATB). “Singer-friendly” auditions will begin on Monday, Sept. 14, by appointment, prior to the first rehearsal. Rehearsals take place on Monday evenings from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Both auditions and rehearsals are held at the Pleasantville Presbyterian Church, 400 Bedford Road, Pleasantville, N.Y.

To receive additional information and/or to schedule a time for an audition, contact Jeanne Wygant at JeanneWygant@optonline.net or call (914) 478-0074. For complete information about the chorus and its interim director or to hear music samples, visit the website at www.HudsonChorale.org .

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