Alyson Greer Espinosa is thrilled to be in her ninth season on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society, where she is the conductor of the Chorus of Sopranos & Altos (formerly the Young Women’s Chorus) and the Chamber Choir. Ms. Greer has prepared CSA for performances with Harry Christophers and the H+H Chorus and Orchestra for Bach’s St. Matthew’s Passion, Handel’s Messiah and Saul, Vivaldi’s Gloria, Mozart’s Requiem, and Monteverdi’s Vespers. Other collaborations with ensembles include the Back Bay Chorale, Harvard-Radcliffe Chorus, Metropolitan Chorale, Heritage Chorale, the Eureka Ensemble Women’s Chorus, Mother Caroline Academy, and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorale. The former Young Women’s Chamber Choir has performed on From The Top and CSA with alumni was featured in BBC’s Great American Railroad Journeys, 2017. Such collaborations and performances have afforded Ms. Greer and her students in CSA to experience inspiring musical-educational performances with conductors such as Harry Christophers, Ian Watson, Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Dr. Andrew Clark, Dr. Lisa Graham, John Finney, Dr. Lynnel Jenkins, George Steel, and Ismael Sandoval.
In addition to her work with the H+H Youth Choruses, she is the Director of Choral Music at Westborough High School where she conducts four choirs and four contemporary a cappella ensembles. Her ensembles consistently earn gold ratings and medals at the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Directors Association (MICCA) and Heritage Music Festival statewide competitions, and have performed in MICCA’s gold medal showcase Stars @ Symphony at Symphony Hall and the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA) All-State Convention Concert Hour. Ms. Greer is an active choral clinician, has conducted the All-Cape High School Treble Chorus and the South Eastern Massachusetts, Jr. District Treble Choir, and has presented sessions at the Massachusetts All State Conference and the MICCA Summer Institute. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree (magna cum laude) in Vocal Performance and a Master of Music Education degree, both from The Boston Conservatory. She resides in MetroWest with her husband, son, and daughter.
Jennifer Kane is a conductor with the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses, where she directs children ranging in age from 8 -15 in rehearsals, performances, and in regional tours. Since joining H+H in 2014, Kane has conducted choristers in prestigious venues such as Jordan Hall and Boston Symphony Hall, has been actively involved in the annual H+H community concert Every Voice, and been involved in the preparation and premiere of new works, such as Jonathan Woody’s Nigra Sum. Kane’s ensembles also participate in collaborations with other organizations, local choral festivals, and actively engage in community outreach. This season Kane and the Concert Choir are honored to present a program for the Eastern Division of the American Choral Directors Association in Rochester, NY and are equally excited to participate in J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion with H+H under the direction of Harry Christophers.
An active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire, Kane is also the music director of Cantilena Women’s Chorale, an auditioned 40-voice ensemble in Arlington, MA that is dedicated to performing music written for treble voices. Cantilena’s challenging and diverse repertoire spans the 15th to the 21st centuries, and includes works that singers and audience members are unlikely to encounter in other forums. A frequent clinician and guest conductor, Kane has prepared choirs for collaborations with groups such as the Cantata Singers, the Back Bay Chorale, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Worcester Chorus. She received a B.A. in Music from Furman University, an M.M. in Choral Conducting from Georgia State University, and a D.M.A. in Conducting from Boston University.
Dr. Kevin J. McDonald brings 24 years of teaching experience and a broad and diverse musical background to his position as the Conductor of the H+H Young Men’s Chorus. Currently, McDonald is in his 14th year as Director of Choral Activities at Wellesley High School, where he instructs 320 students in choral music in five curricular choral ensembles. Under his direction, ensembles consistently earn gold ratings at state choral festivals and have performed in the Massachusetts Instrumental and Choral Conductors Association gold medal showcase Stars at Symphony Hall and the Massachusetts Association of Jazz Educators gold medal Showcase at the Boston Hatch Shell. McDonald is an active guest conductor and has conducted honor choirs throughout New England and Idaho. 2017-2018 conducting appointments include The Western European Honor Choir in Düsseldorf, Germany and the New Hampshire All State Jazz Choir. McDonald frequently presents sessions at state and regional conferences on topics such as Y Sing: Recruitment and Retention of Men in the Choral Program, American Song: How Jazz Choir Can Enhance the School Choral Program, and Using Descriptive Terminology in the Choral Rehearsal. McDonald is the Director of Youth Music at the Wellesley Congregational Church, where he conducts over 60 singers in the Youth Choirs and leads the Village Brass Ensemble. Dr. McDonald is a recipient of the NAfME Professional Achievement Award for dedication to music education and the Springfield Chamber of Commerce teaching excellence Award. He received his B.M. in music education from the University of New Hampshire, M.M. in Low Brass Performance from the University of Idaho, and his DMA in Music Education from The Hartt School, University of Hartford.
Kilian Mooney, sought after teaching artist, chorister, and tenor soloist throughout the Boston area, holds a Bachelor of Music Education degree from the University of Rhode Island and a Master’s degree in Vocal Performance from the Longy School of Music. Kilian performs with several choral groups in the Boston area, including Renaissance Men, Labyrinth Choir, and Cappella Clausura. He travels home regularly for engagements with the Providence-based early music ensemble, Ecclesia Consort, and he has also sung with the Nahant Music Festival, the Newport Music Festival, and the Lucerne Music Festival in Lucerne, Switzerland. Currently, Kilian teaches chorus and general music at Saint Peter School in Cambridge, MA. In addition, he teaches adults through his position as assistant director for Sharing a New Song, a cultural exchange choir in Belmont, MA. Kilian frequently returns to the University of Rhode Island to speak on the art of singing and the importance of educating young singers, a calling that is near to his heart.
Michael Becker has been on the Handel and Haydn Society Youth Choruses faculty since 2009, where he currently accompanies the Chorus of Sopranos and Altos and the Chamber Choir. He is on the piano faculty of the All Newton Music School, accompanies the Arlington-Belmont Chorale of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, and is a staff pianist at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. Michael has served as a faculty member and music director at Riverside Theatre Works, and has been a pianist for Urban Voices, an educational outreach program of the Metropolitan Opera Guild.
Michael is a graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Master of Music in Piano Performance from Towson University in Maryland, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.
Maria Rivera White, Pianist for Treble Chorus, Youth Chorale, and Concert Choir
Maria Rivera White is currently the full time music director for St. John the Evangelist Parish in Canton. She studied at the Naples Conservatory of Music, and received her Bachelor of Music from the Eastman School of Music in Piano Performance. Her Master’s degree from The Juilliard School is a double major in Collaborative Arts which includes Vocal Accompanying/Coaching. She has performed in such venues as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Steinway and Alice Tully Halls, and the Kyoto International Music Festival. Maria was an adjunct instructor in piano for eight years at Vassar College in New York, where she performed solo piano works on the annual Vassar College Modfest. She performed the world premiere of Vassar composer Suzanne Sorkin’s solo piano piece Falling through Crimson and Lead at Merkin Hall, NYC, which she later recorded. She continues performing throughout the US and abroad, most recently in Tallin, Estonia with violinist Gary Ronkin. Upcoming projects include recording the solo piano works of Boston composer, John Holland in the spring.