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Director

Dr. Edward Lundergan is Director of Choral Activities at SUNY-New Paltz, where he conducts the Concert Choir, Chamber Singers and College-Community Chorale, and teaches music theory, music history, writing about music, and conducting.  He is Artistic Director of Kairos: A Consort of Singers, a select ensemble dedicated to the performance of unaccompanied choral music from the Renaissance to the present.  Six years ago, Kairos began the "Bach Cantata Series" at Holy Cross Monastery in West Park, New York to wide critical and popular acclaim.  In 2009, Kairos celebrated its 15th anniversary, and the ensemble concluded its anniversary year with the formation of its "Great Baroque Choral Works" series, performing Handel's early work Dixit Dominus and Bach's Magnificat. In 2010, in honor of the 400th anniversary of its publication, Kairos presented a special historically-informed performance of Claudio Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610. Kairos has also presented a narrated version of Henry Purcell's 1691 semi-opera King Arthur, Giacomo Carissimi's beautiful mid-17th century oratorio Jephte, and Heinrich Schütz' requiem service Musikalische Exequien. In November 2014, Kairos celebrated its 20th anniversary with a performance of Bach's majestic work Mass in B Minor at St. Joseph's Church in New Paltz. Kairos' second CD, "The Valley Sings - Choral Music by Composers of the Hudson Valley", was released in mid-October, 2012 under the MSR Classics label.

Dr. Lundergan has been Music Director for numerous productions of the Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company, including  
The Medium, Sweeney Todd, Iolanthe, The Merry Widow, A Little Night Music, Tomfoolery and Leonard Bernstein's Candide at the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie, New York. He has appeared as guest conductor with the Music in the Mountains Festival, the Poné Ensemble and the Hudson Valley Society for Music's annual BachFest program. For several summers he served as guest conductor for the Hudson Valley Philharmonic.  Dr. Lundergan received his M.M. from the University of Michigan and his D.M.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.  His doctoral treatise on Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem received the Julius Herford Award as the outstanding dissertation in the field of choral music for the year 1991.  He is a member of the editorial board of the Choral Journal. 
 

Accompanist

Gary Palmieri retired as long-time choral director at Arlington High School in Poughkeepsie, New York.  He is an adjunct faculty member at SUNY-New Paltz. At SUNY, for the music department, he is the accompanist for choral activities, a vocal coach, a studio accompanist, and a tutor in music theory. In the theater department he accompanies their annual musical. He has been an accompanist and an associate music director for the Gilbert & Sullivan Society for a number of years and presently is the accompanist for the Camerata Chorale and the Ulster Choral Society. He holds bachelor's and master's degrees in music education with extensive graduate work in piano and choral conducting from Western Connecticut State University and the Hartt College of Music. He has wide ranging experience in directing, producing and accompanying over 150 musicals with such groups as the Sharon Playhouse, the Gilbert & Sullivan Musical Theater Company, SUNY-New Paltz, Theatre Music Workshop, the Hotchkiss Summer Theatre, Har-Bur Summer Theatre, Children's Community Theater, Amity, Housatonic and Arlington High Schools.  Mr. Palmieri prepared the Arlington Chorus for five appearances at Carnegie Hall where they performed with composer/conductor John Rutter, Weston Noble, the Manhattan Philharmonic, and the New England Conservatory Orchestra.