Norman Zogaib, President
Norman Zogaib is on the music faculty at Hamburg High School in Hamburg, NY, where he has taught since 1998. Under his direction, the Hamburg HS Concert Chorale has performed throughout the Northeast, including performances by invitation with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, The Buffalo Philharmonic, the ACDA Eastern Division Conference (2010) the NYSSMA Winter Conference (2000 and 2008) and 5 solo performances at Carnegie Hall, including a performance at the only Statewide Choral Festival sponsored by Carnegie Hall in 2003. From 2000-2010, the Hamburg HS Concert Chorale was awarded eight consecutive NYSSMA, Level 6 Gold With Distinction Awards at NYSSMA Major Organization Festivals and best overall choir at festivals held in New York City and Toronto.
As an active adjudicator, clinician and guest conductor, Norman Zogaib has conducted honors choirs and presented workshops throughout New York State and in North Carolina. He has served as an adjunct lecturer in music education at SUNY Buffalo State College and served as interim director of the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. Mr. Zogaib is the 2005 recipient of the Buffalo Philharmonic/ ECCMC Award for Excellence in Choral Music Education. An active member of professional organizations, Mr. Zogaib has served as NYSSMA All State Chorus Chair, a member the board of directors of ECMEA, and the HS Repertoire and Standards Chair for NYACDA.
Mr. Zogaib holds a BM in Piano Performance from SUNY Buffalo and a MM in Music Education from SUNY Fredonia. Mr. Zogaib also completed his coursework toward the Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Music Education at Boston University.
Christine Howlett, President-Elect
Christine R. Howlett is an Associate Professor of Music and Director of Choral Activities at Vassar College where she conducts the Vassar College Women’s Chorus, Vassar College Choir, and teaches music theory and voice. Her choruses have sung at Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and have toured overseas in England, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and Turkey. The Vassar College Women’s Chorus performed at the National Collegiate Choral Association at Yale University in 2009, and at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference in Philadelphia in 2010. The ensemble is delighted to perform at the upcoming Eastern Division Conference in Baltimore. Recent commissions include Three Songs from the Parlour by Eleanor Daley, Night City by Tarik O’Regan and, for a consortium of women’s choruses, Cassiopeia by Timothy Takach.
Ms. Howlett is the Artistic Director of Cappella Festiva, an auditioned choral ensemble with a thirty-eight year history of performing in the Hudson Valley. In 2006, she co-founded the Summer Choral Festival at Vassar College and the Cappella Festiva Treble Choir, an auditioned choral ensemble for treble voices ages 8-17. She was recently named music director of the Danbury Concert Chorus in Connecticut and is in demand as a guest conductor and adjudicator. She directed the New York All-State Women’s Chorus in 2011 in Rochester, NY.
Ms. Howlett is active as a soloist and choral singer. In collaboration with Patrick Wood Uribe, violin, and Holly Chatham, piano, the trio recently released Love Raise Your Voice to critical acclaim. The recording contains new and commissioned works for soprano, violin, and piano by Carson Cooman, Tarik O’Regan, Richard Wilson, and others. Ms. Howlett has sung in ensembles under Simon Carrington, Alan Gilbert, Jane Glover, Paul Goodwin, Matthew Halls, Paul Hillier, Lorin Maazel, Andrew Megill, and Helmut Rilling, and has performed with professional ensembles including the Oregon Bach Festival Berwick Chorus, the New York Choral Artists, and most recently, the Carmel Bach Festival Chorus. She studied Vocal Performance at the University of Toronto, and earned a Master’s Degree in Early Music Voice Performance and a D.M.A. in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.
Penelope Cruz, Past-President
Penelope Cruz has conducted elementary, middle, and high school choirs, children’s community choirs, and festival choirs, and has sung professionally in opera, musical theater, and choirs in Illinois, Wisconsin, and New York. Since 2003, she has been the choral conductor at White Plains High School (NY) where WPHS Choir members have sung in All-State, All-Eastern, and ACDA Eastern Division and National honor choirs, and at Carnegie Hall, Jazz@Lincoln Center, Avery Fisher Hall, for the NYS School Board Association, and at various universities, festivals, and competitions where they have received highest ratings. In addition to serving as President for NY-ACDA, she also serves as the Honor Choir Chair for the ACDA Eastern Division Conference and has served on the NY- ACDA Board since 2003, as regional representative and as a Repertoire and Standard Chair, presenting reading sessions at both state and division conferences. Currently a Brooklyn resident, Penelope is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory and the Eastman School of Music. She considers herself an advocate for bringing quality repertoire to every choral situation and fostering diversity of all kinds in the choral community.
Ann Murphy, Treasurer
Ed Reisert, Secretary
Edward Reisert earned his Bachelor of Music degree from The Boston Conservatory and his Masters Degree from State University of New York at Oswego. He began his career teaching elementary general music in Ilion, New York, and then continued teaching in the Bedford Central School District in Westchester County, New York. He now teaches choral music at Fox Lane High School in Bedford, where he conducts the Mixed Chorus, Chamber Choir and Women’s Choir. Edward’s choirs have performed at Alice Tully Hall, Lincoln Center, and his students have performed in state, national and international choral ensembles. He is a frequent guest conductor for county and regional music festivals in New York and Connecticut. He is a lifetime member of American Choral Directors Association, the Past-President of the Westchester County School Music Association, a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing and Pan-American Vocology Association. Edward serves on the faculty of the Contemporary Commercial Music Vocal Pedagogy Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory every summer.
Michelle Emeric, Membership Chair
Michelle Emeric is currently choral director at Hicksville High School, where she conducts the Mixed Choir, Concert Choir, and Madrigal Singers. She is also vocal director of the annual musical productions and prepares student soloists for various district functions. This past year, the Madrigal Singers performed at the NYSSMA Major Organization Evaluation Festival for the first time under Ms. Emeric’s direction, and received a “Gold With Distinction” rating. Michelle has received her Bachelor of Science in Music Education and Master of Arts degrees from Hofstra University, and has also studied opera performance at SUNY Fredonia. Michelle is a member of the eVoco Voice Collective and has performed with various choirs in the Tri- State areas.
Jared Berry, Webmaster
Jared Berry was recently appointed to the faculty of North Shore High School where he conducts the choirs and co-teaches IB Music. Prior to his appointment at NSHS, he was on the faculty as Director of Choirs at St. John the Baptist Diocesan High School in West Islip, where he conducted six choirs, and taught music theory (introduction and advanced placement) and piano class. During his summers, Mr. Berry serves as the Assistant Director for Administration at the New York State Summer School of the Arts, School of Choral Studies, a summer residential program housed at SUNY Fredonia, that brings together seventy high school students from across the state to further study vocal arts.
Outside of academia, he serves as Artistic Director & Conductor of the Babylon Chorale, a premiere eighty-five voice community choir presenting annual holiday, classical, and pops concerts. Additionally he is the Choir Manager and a singer in the Long Island based eVoco Voice Collective, a chamber choir of auditioned singers, conductors, and educators. He has appeared twice as a Music Director at the International Gilbert & Sullivan Festival in Harrogate, England: SavoyNet’s 2014 production of Thespis (second place), and Blue Hill Troupe’s 2015 production of Patience (first place).
Currently he is the Male Choirs Repertoire & Standards Chair and Webmaster for the New York chapter of ACDA, and the Honor Choir Chair for the 2016 Eastern Division Conference in Boston, MA. Mr. Berry holds degrees from the University of Georgia (M.M., Choral Conducting) and Hofstra University (B.S.Ed., Music Education). www.jaredberry.com