ARTISTIC STAFF

MUSIC DIRECTOR

Paul Mueller
What keeps GCS choristers 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 Vivaldi’s Gloria and Schubert’s Mass in G in Bulgaria and Greece, 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.

The 2018-2019 season marks Maestro Mueller’s twenty-third season as Music Director of the Greenwich Choral Society. Recent performances with the Greenwich ensemble include masterpieces by Bach, Britten, Beethoven, Handel, Mozart, Orff and Rossini. Paul is the former Music Director of the New Haven Chorale and Chamber Singers and has also served as Music Director of the Blue Hill Troupe, a philanthropic organization specializing in staged performances of works by Gilbert & Sullivan.

Paul is a professor of the Music Department at Hunter College in Manhattan  where he served as Director of Choral Activities for 31 years. He holds master's and doctoral degrees in Choral Conducting from Indiana University School of Music.

ACCOMPANIST & ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR

James D. Wetzel
JAMES D. WETZEL is the Director of Music and Organist of the Parish of Saint Vincent Ferrer and Saint Catherine of Siena on Manhattan's Upper East Side where he directs the professional Schola Cantorum in over 70 services annually. James served from 2010-2015 as the Organist and Choirmaster of midtown’s Church of Saint Agnes and from 2011-2016 was an adjunct lecturer in Hunter College’s music department. Since 2010, he has also been the Assistant Conductor and Accompanist for the Greenwich Choral Society in Connecticut. Additionally, he 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, the American Classical Orchestra, the National Chorale, and the Paul Winter Consort. He is the sub-dean and chairman of the program committee of the New York City Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, a board member of the Catholic Artists Society, and a member of the the New York Purgatorial Society and the Society for Catholic Liturgy.

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.


ACCOMPANIST

Jonathan Vaughn
JONATHAN VAUGHN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church, Greenwich CT and is Accompanist of the Greenwich Choral Society for the program year 2018-19.

Jonathan moved to Greenwich in 2017, and prior to this had held positions at The Cathedral of All Saints, Albany NY and Wells Cathedral in the UK.  One of the youngest ever prizewinning Fellows of the Royal College of Organists, he studied with Dame Gillian Weir and Simon Williams and held Organ Scholarships at St John’s College, Cambridge and St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

As an organist he has performed recitals across the United States and the United Kingdom and his solo recordings of transcriptions of Wagner and Tchaikovsky have been met with critical acclaim, in addition to over twenty on which he appears as accompanist.  As a choir trainer, he was Musical Director of several choirs in the United Kingdom and has directed some of the principal works in the choral-orchestral repertory.  For further information please visit www.jonathanvaughn.org.


ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

ADMINISTRATOR

  A warm welcome to WENDY DZIURZYNSKI, who assumes the role of Office Administrator beginning with the 2018 - 2019 season.

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
e-mail: admin@greenwichchoralsociety.org
or by phone, 203-622-5136.