Rehearsal Accompanist: Mark Feldhusen
Mark enjoys an active musical life in the Boston area. Mark joined Newton Choral Society/Commonwealth Chorale as Accompanist in the fall of 2009. In addition to his work with us, he is accompanist at Temple Israel in Boston and pianist for Sheminiyah, an ensemble of Reform and Conservative cantors in the greater Boston area. He has appeared in numerous concerts of secular and sacred Jewish music.
Currently studying with Kevin McGinty at All-Newton Music School, he has also studied with Darryl Rosenberg at New England Conservatory. While not playing the piano, Mark works at Commonwealth Financial Network, a broker/dealer in Waltham MA.
Conducting Intern- Leora Nauta
Originally from the foothills of the Canadian Rockies, LEORA NAUTA, soprano and Commonwealth Chorale’s assistant conductor, began her musical education in the great white Canadian north, obtaining her Bachelor of Music from The King's University in Alberta, a Master of Early Music Performance from McGill University in Montreal, and a subsequent Master of Sacred Music from the University of Notre Dame. She then spent a year in the Netherlands and studied Historical Organ Performance at Amsterdam Conservatory as well as Musicology at Utrecht University. Ms. Nauta has appeared as a soloist in Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Canada, and the United States. This September she relocated to Boston to attend the New England Conservatory of Music, where she studies choral conducting with Erica Washburn. She serves as Associate Music Director at the First Church of Chestnut Hill, and enjoys collaborating as harpsichordist and organist with a variety of ensembles throughout the city of Boston.