Rehearsal Pianist: Mark Feldhusen
MARK FELDHUSEN joined Commonwealth Chorale as rehearsal pianist in 2009. He is also accompanist at Temple Israel in Boston, Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, Rivers School Conservatory, and Perkins School for the Blind. Praised for his “sensitive accompaniment” (The Arts Fuse, 3/14/12), Mr. Feldhusen has also appeared in concert with the Heritage Chorale as well as numerous concerts of secular and sacred Jewish music. He is active in the Boston chamber music scene and annually attends the Bennington Chamber Music Conference. He has studied with Darryl Rosenberg and Kevin McGinty. A talented sight-reader and quick study, he has also been known to step out of the audience, take the place of an indisposed pianist, and save middle school performances of The Pajama Game.
Commonwealth Chorale thanks the Izolde Lamont Fund for making this position possible.
Conducting Intern: Joseph Nizich
Joseph Nizich, assistant conductor of Commonwealth Chorale, is a graduate student in choral conducting at the New England Conservatory, studying with Erica Washburn. He holds bachelor’s degrees in voice performance and choral music education, minoring in choral conducting at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University Bloomington (2017). He has spent the past two years as the choral director of West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School in Indiana, where he conducted four ensembles across grades 7-12, taught general music, and directed the school musicals. As choral director, his ensembles participated in multiple Indiana State School Music Association events, earning gold ratings at regional and state levels. In addition to his studies, he is also the conductor of the NEC Preparatory School Tourjée Singers, and assistant conductor of the NEC Preparatory School Youth Chorale and Camerata. He is very much enjoying working with the Commonwealth Chorale this season!
Commonwealth Chorale thanks Marie and Jim Allen for making this position possible.