Rehearsal Pianist: Mark Feldhusen
Mark enjoys an active musical life in the Boston area. He 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 has appeared in numerous concerts of secular and sacred Jewish music
Mark has studied with Darryl Rosenberg at New England Conservatory and Kevin McGinty at All-Newton Music School. While not playing the piano, Mark works at Commonwealth Financial Network, a broker/dealer in Waltham MA.
Conducting Intern: Holly Druckman
Assistant Conductor of the Commonwealth Chorale, Holly Druckman is quickly gaining recognition as a smart, sensitive performer of early and modern music. Ms. Druckman graduated from Columbia University in 2012, where her series of concert-lectures about the Orpheus myth earned her departmental honors. She served for two years as the Assistant Conductor of Amor Artis, a renowned New York-based Chamber Choir with an emphasis on performing early music. She is the founder of the Carr Consort and the Columbia Josquin Singers, has sung with the Columbia's Collegium Musicum, and has worked for the Renaissance vocal ensemble Blue Heron.
In addition, Ms. Druckman is deeply committed to performing works by living composers, and has conducted premiere performances and/or readings of music by Max Grafe, Sayo Kosugi, Frank Brickle, Dominika Hwang, and Jeremy Wall. During her time at Columbia, she was the founder and director of the Columbia New Music Ensemble, and a guest conductor with the new music ensembles Cygnus, counter)induction, and Face the Music.
Ms. Druckman is currently a master's student at the New England Conservatory, studying Historical Musicology and Choral Conducting, with a focus on Early and Middle Renaissance Polyphony.