Daniel J Singer – Photo – Roger Mastroianni
The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh (MCP) has announced the appointment of Daniel Singer as its new Robert Page Music Director. Having spent over a decade conducting with The Cleveland Orchestra Choruses, among a variety of musical pursuits, Singer brings a wealth of experience, creativity and passion for choral music to his new role with MCP.
At 115 years in operation, MCP is the city’s most celebrated chorus. The choir’s more than 120 singers are everyday community members from diverse backgrounds and professions who give generously of their time and talent to create powerful, unexpected, and deeply moving moments of musical discovery. Earlier this year, following the departure of Matthew Mehaffey after his seven-season tenure as Robert Page Music Director, MCP launched a national search for a successor.
“We auditioned competitive candidates to fill the role, and the entire search committee was impressed by Daniel’s achievements, expertise, and creativity,” said Guy Leonard, president of MCP’s Board of Directors and chair of the Music Director Search Committee. “Thanks to his extensive conducting experience with The Cleveland Orchestra Choruses, he is well-equipped to continue cultivating our longstanding musical partnership with Manfred Honeck and the PSO.”
He adds, “We look forward to seeing how his commitment to educational outreach and desire to encourage more participation in the choral arts will deepen MCP’s impact in the Pittsburgh community.”
He’ll soon begin preparing MCP’s singers for 2023-’24 performances with Manfred Honeck and the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (PSO), including Brahms’ Requiem and Beethoven’s Ninth. “I can’t think of a better piece to start with than Brahms’ Requiem. From a vocal perspective, it has technical depth I’m excited for us to work on, but it’s also so deeply moving,” he says. “And Beethoven’s Ninth has an uplifting quality that is especially poignant coming out of the pandemic. These are great pieces to help me get to know the chorus and our partnership with the PSO.”
For full season details and more, visit The Mendelssohn Choir of Pittsburgh