The Choral Arts New England Board, 2018–2019


Susan Martin, Chair; Jon Saxton, Vice-Chair; Suzan Smith, Clerk; Peter Pulsifer, Treasurer.


Gail Abbey, Holliston, Mass.

Gail Abbey made her career as a choral singer after graduating from Westminster Choir College in 1980. The following year she was hired by Handel and Haydn and Boston Baroque, beginning a more than 30-year career as a professional choral singer. Ms. Abbey teaches private voice; she was a founding member of the Boston Singers Relief Fund and is passionate about the support of singers and choral music organizations.

Greg Brown, Belchertown, Mass.

Dr. Gregory W. Brown is a composer and conductor living in western Massachusetts. He holds degrees in conducting from Westminster Choir College (MM ’01) and The Hugh Hodgson School of Music at the University of Georgia (DMA ’06) and has conducted and taught at Smith College, The College of Wooster, The Putney School, the University of Georgia, the University of Massachusetts (Amherst), and Amherst College. For the 2018–2019 season he will be interim chorus master for the Pioneer Valley Symphony Orchestra and Chorus.

Jeffrey Buettner, Middlebury, Vt.

Jeffrey Buettner is Director of Choral Activities and Associate Professor of Music at Middlebury College, and music director of the Middlebury Bach Festival.

David Giessow, Braintree, Mass.

David Giessow is a Senior Lecturer in Vocal Music at The University of Massachusetts. He conducts the Somerville Community Chorus, and is Director of Music at the Hingham Congregational Church. He is an active lifetime member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). He has served as treasurer for the Florida ACDA and has served on the board of the Massachusetts ACDA.

Andrea Goodman, Lenox, Mass.

Andrea Goodman is the founder and director of the Cantilena Chamber Choir in western Massachusetts.  She also serves as the Music Director for the annual summer Saratoga Choral Festival in Saratoga Springs, New York.

Carrie Hammond, Farmington, Conn.

Carrie Hammond sings with both the Copley Singers and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus.  She has served as President and CEO of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra and has worked as a business development consultant.  

Angelynne Hinson, Portsmouth, N.H.

Angelynne Hinson performs in Cantata Singers and is a founding member of vocollage, creating original concerts that unite words, music and dramatic concepts for live performance and radio. Ms. Hinson has maintained a private studio and has created and implemented voice/choral artist-in-residency programs throughout northern New England. She also works with medical professionals developing rehabilitative vocal techniques to help Parkinson’s and stroke patients.

Jennifer Kane, Southborough, Mass.

Dr. Jennifer Kane is an active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire. She is on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society as the conductor of the children and youth ensembles within the Vocal Arts Program. She is also the conductor of Cantilena Women's Chorale in Arlington, Mass.

Cathy Lanigan, Peterborough, N.H.

Cathy currently sings with the Monadnock Chorus, Norway Pond Festival Singers, and Raylymor Opera Chorus.  She serves as Board President for the Monadnock Chorus and also serves on the board for Music on Norway Pond.  She holds a Bachelors Degree in Music Education from SUNY at Fredonia and a Masters in Computer Science from New York Institute of Technology. 

Susan Martin, Brookline, Mass.

Susan sings with the Metropolitan Chorale in Brookline, Mass., and is currently serving on their board.  She has also served on the boards of Climate Action Brookline and the Abaris Foundation.  Now retired, Susan’s career was as a business analysis consultant.

Catharine Melhorn, Arlington, Mass.

For 36 years Catherine served as Director of Choral Activities at Mount Holyoke College; between 2006–14, she served as Director of the South Hadley Children's Chorus.  She recently relocated from central-western Massachusetts to Arlington, Mass. 

Brian O'Connell, Lowell, Mass.

Brian has taught of the faculties of seven institutes of higher learning, has directed six choral societies, has had extensive experience in public schools, for fifteen years has directed the Sarteano Chamber Choral Conducting Workshop in Tuscany and is a frequent adjudicator and clinician throughout New England. He serves as choral composition adjudicator of The American Prize and is a past-president of Mass ACDA.

Dwight E. Porter, Stoneham, Mass.

Dwight Porter, a technology business consultant, is president of PrimeKey Management providing technology & web strategy and implementation to small business and non-profits. He is an active tenor with BSO’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus, Cantata Singers, and other Boston area choruses and churches.

Peter Pulsifer, Winchester, Mass.

Peter Pulsifer sings in several local choruses, including the Tanglewood Festival Chorus and Chorus pro Musica, and was active for 16 years in the Washington Chorus in Washington, DC. He also serves as Chair of the Winchester Cultural Council and is o board member of Boston Singers Resource. He is a scientific consultant, computer programmer, editor and sometime writer.

Robert Russell, Portland, Maine

Bob came to Portland in 1979 as professor of music at the University of Southern Maine and music director of ChoralArt. He concluded a 36-year tenure at University of Southern Maine in 2015 and was named professor emeritus. He has conducted more than 75 festival choruses, including All-State choruses in Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Massachusetts. In retirement Bob will continue as music director of ChoralArt.

Jon Saxton, Wayland, Mass.

Jon Saxton is a bass-baritone entering his 12th year singing with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus. He has appeared in regional productions with the Vokes Theater, Westford Chorus, Concord Players, New World Chorale, and Opera51. Jon is chair of the board of Boston Singers’ Resource and the Wayland Cultural Council, and immediate past chair of Juventas New Music and the Tanglewood Festival Chorus Committee. Jon also serves on the Leadership Council of MassCreative.

Suzan Smith, Amherst, Mass.

       Suzan has sung with Da Camera Singers in Amherst for about 30 years and now that she is retired from UMASS Health Service has
       time to sing in other groups. After moving to northern Massachusetts she joined the Keene Chorale and a church choir, and might
       join more except too many meet on the same nights.

Larry St. Clair, Wellesley, Mass

Larry currently serves on the Board of Overseers of Boston Lyric Opera (co-chair); as well as on the boards of the New England Foundation for Psychoanalysis (President), Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute (Trustee), and Back Bay Chorale (Director). He and his wife have been singing for about ten years with Back Bay Chorale, Odyssey Opera, New World Chorale, Opera 51, Masterworks Chorale and their church choir, which is led by John Finney. In the late 1990s with a group of other psychoanalysts, he started the New England Foundation for Psychoanalysis, which has had programs for Boston Public School principals, judges, clergy, and mothers of young children.