Malcolm J. Merriweather, Coordinator of Vocal Studies
The Conservatory boasts one of the premier vocal studies programs in New York City and the country. The illustrious voice faculty includes some of the world's premier performers and pedagogues--including Mignon Dunn, Patricia McCaffrey, Mark Schnaible, and Anna Skibinsky--and offers top rate professional training, preparing students for the challenges of operatic performance and other vocal pursuits. The Opera Theatre, directed by Richard Barrett, produces at least one fully-staged opera production and one concert performance each year with the Conservatory Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Barrett, along with opera scenes concerts and smaller productions. In addition, famed tenor Paul Sperry teaches repertoire classes that run the gauntlet of the song literature. Malcolm J. Merriweather conducts the Conservatory's choirs, which include the large Choral Union and the chamber choir, Conservatory Singers. Conservatory Singers present one stand-alone concert each semester as well as a joint concert with the Choral Union, the latter often accompanied by a chamber orchestra. Recent programs have included dynamic performances of Orff's Carmina Burana and Handel's Messiah.