Chorister turnover at GCS is quite small; very few resign because of dissatisfaction. What keeps them fulfilled and returning year after year? It is certainly a desire to sing... and the chance to perform... and a wish for camaraderie. But most would agree that the leadership of Music Director and Conductor PAUL F. MUELLER is key to this abundant loyalty. His ability to get 120 very diverse volunteers to sharply focus, reach for excellence, and become as one is a marvelous talent to watch and experience. He is a consummate musician, a wonderful teacher with a good sense of humor, and he is the hardest worker among us all.
He likes us, too. Says Paul:
“The Greenwich Choral Society is committed to creativity and excellence. It is the total dedication of each chorister that makes us a most outstanding ensemble. This group does it all: lively rehearsals, passionate performances, even productive Board meetings. How could I not be overjoyed to be the Music Director of GCS? In fact I’m overwhelmed. I
love GCS. The process of making music together and the various journeys we have taken, both literally and figuratively, have made these years one of the joys of my life. To quote Mary Travers, of Peter Paul and Mary fame, ‘I want to come back in another life as a Greenwich Choral Society chorister.’”
Maestro Mueller is a versatile musician who has excelled in operatic, orchestral and choral repertoire. Recent European appearances include performances of Haydn’s Theresienmesse in Vienna and Mozart’s Requiem in London and Oxford with the English Chamber Orchestra. Other engagements include performances by Brahms, Monteverdi, Rossini, and Vivaldi in the
Czech Republic, Italy, France, Spain and Hungary.
He has appeared as guest conductor of the New Haven Symphony Orchestra’s Holiday Pops and the New York Pops at Carnegie Hall; and, on the operatic side, has conducted performances of the Barber of Seville, La Traviata, and La Boheme.
Paul is a Professor of Music at Hunter College in New York City and Music Director of Our Saviour’s Atonement Church. He also has taught at Yale University, the State University of New York, and Hofstra. An accomplished organist, he earned an Artist’s Diploma at the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna and holds masters and doctoral degrees in Choral
Conducting from Indiana University School of Music.
ACCOMPANIST & ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
JAMES D. WETZEL is the Director of Music and Organist of the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena in Manhattan where he directs the professional Schola Cantorum and the volunteer Parish Choir and plays for all services. Wetzel served from 2010-2015 as the Organist and Choirmaster of midtown’s Church of Saint Agnes and from 2011-2016 taught as an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College’s music department. Since 2010, James has also been the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut. Additionally, he teaches piano at the Saint Thomas Choir School and holds a post as Assisting Organist at the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine where he formerly served as Organ Scholar under Bruce Neswick.
Mr. Wetzel is active as an organist and continuo player, having performed at the Berkshire Choral Festival and with the Collegiate Chorale, the Orchestra of Saint Luke’s, the American Symphony Orchestra, and the American Classical Orchestra. He is on the board of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and the Catholic Artists Society, is music advisor to the New York Purgatorial Society, and is a member of the Society for Catholic Liturgy and the Saint Wilfred’s Club for Organists in Manhattan.
Born in Pittsburgh, James earned a bachelor’s degree in organ performance from The Juilliard School where he studied with Paul Jacobs and was the first person ever to graduate with a master’s degree and a professional studies certificate in choral conducting from Manhattan School of Music under Kent Tritle. He also studied privately with Donald K. Fellows and Robert Page and spent a year reading Early Christianity and Apologetics at Columbia University.
Lee is delighted to have the opportunity to combine her experience as a long-term singer and past board member of GCS with her experience as a non-profit manager for the benefit of GCS by serving as Administrator. Lee is passionate about choral music and is dedicated to supporting GCS's commitment to bringing the best of choral music to our expanding community.
The Greenwich Choral Society office is on the third floor of the Greenwich Senior & Arts Center, 299 Greenwich Avenue, Greenwich, CT 06830. Get in touch any time by
or by phone, 203-622-5136.