Alyson Greer Espinosa is the Director of Choral Music at Westborough High School where she conducts four choirs and three contemporary a cappella ensembles. Formerly, Greer Espinosa was the Director of Choral Music at Hanover High School, where she directed five choirs, including honors and 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. She is also the Co-Founder and Assistant Director of Quincy Point Music Academy and has been Director of Music and Choirs at Quincy Point Congregational Church since 2007. Ms. Greer Espinosa 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 was a Full Conductor Fellow at the Sarteano Chamber Choir Conducting Workshop (Tuscany, Italy), where she participated in masterclasses with Simon Carrington and Bronislawa Falinska and was a featured alto soloist in the Chamber Choir. A mezzo-soprano, Ms. Greer Espinosa is an active performer in Boston.
Dr. Jennifer Kane is an active conductor of ensembles that specialize in treble repertoire. She is thrilled to be in her fourth season on the education faculty of the Handel and Haydn Society, where she is the conductor of the H+H Singers, Youth Chorus, and Concert Choir. In addition to her work with the H+H Vocal Arts Program, Dr. Kane is the music director of Cantilena Women’s Chorale, an auditioned 40-voice women’s chorus in Arlington. Previously, Dr. Kane was the Artistic Director of the Worcester Children’s Chorus; the Guest Conductor of the Concord Women’s Chorus; the Artistic Director of the Spivey Hall Young Artists, one of the training choirs for the nationally renowned Spivey Hall Children’s Choir; and the Artistic Director of Atlanta Schola Cantorum, an ensemble specializing in Renaissance polyphony and contemporary compositions. Dr. Kane has prepared ensembles for collaborations with groups such as the Cantata Singers, the Handel and Haydn Society, the Back Bay Chorale, Boston Musica Viva, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the Worcester Chorus. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution described Dr. Kane’s work: “Such depth of expression – a fusion of harmonies and texts – was the hallmark of Kane and her singers.” An active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Kane 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 20 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, Dr. McDonald is in his 11th year as Director of Choral Activities at Wellesley High School, where he instructs 240 students study choral music in five curricular choral ensembles. He is also 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 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. Read the interview with Kevin McDonald
Michael is the choral director at Brookline High School, and a DMA in Choral Conducting candidate at Boston University, where he studies with Anne Howard Jones. Michael is also the president of the Massachusetts chapter of the American Choral Directors Association. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, Michael will be leading the musicianship teachers in developing a sequential curriculum in sight-singing and music literacy.
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.
Vale is a recent graduate of the University of Miami, where she majored in music education and voice. She is K-8 music teacher in the Brookline Public Schools. She previously taught in the Newton and Westborough Public Schools. Vale is also an alumna of the H+H VAP program.
Michael is currently on the faculty at All-Newton Music School and Music Director with the Riverside Theatre Works. He is also the accompanist for the Philharmonic Society of Arlington Chorale, Boston Conservatory and the Metropolitan Opera Guild’s Urban Voices Program. Michael earned his BM and MM degrees (Piano Performance) from Towson University and an MM (Collaborative Piano, summa cum laude) from New England Conservatory, with additional studies at the Eastman School of Music and the Longy School of Music Piano Pedagogy Institute.
Anna holds a DMA in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She received a Master of Music degree in Collaborative Piano from Boston University, and a bachelor’s degree in piano performance and voice from Principia College in Illinois. Anna is a staff pianist at Boston Conservatory and Boston University. She was also a pianist for the Tanglewood Festival Chorus under John Oliver.
Maria Rivera White, Pianist for H+H Singers, Youth Chorus, 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.