Our Director and 2015-2016 Board of Directors
Richard Giarusso is a versatile musician with practical and scholarly experience in a wide range of repertoire. After undergraduate study in music and English at Williams College, where he worked closely with Kenneth Roberts, he earned the PhD in historical musicology from Harvard University, completing his dissertation under the supervision of the late Reinhold Brinkmann. His research focuses on the music of Schubert, Bruckner, Mahler, and Vaughan Williams, and he currently serves on the musicology faculty at the
Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. In addition to his work at Peabody, he also offers interdisciplinary classes in music and literature at the Johns Hopkins University, where he received the 2012-13 Excellence in Teaching Award from the JHU Division of Advanced Academic Programs. A frequent lecturer for arts organizations in the mid-Atlantic, he has presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Shriver Hall Concerts, andthe Baltimore Museum of Art. He assumes directorship of the popular Spring Lecture Series at Shriver Hall in Baltimore in March 2014.
In addition to his academic work, Dr. Giarusso maintains an active career as a singer and conductor throughout the Northeast. He has studied voice with Keith Kibler, Pamela Dellal, and Elizabeth Daniels and conducting with E. Wayne Abercrombie and Bradley Wells. In addition, he has performed in master classes with Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, Mitsuko Shirai, and Hartmut Höll and has coached German art song with Robert Levin, Malcolm Bilson, and John Shirley-Quirk. An experienced ensemble singer, he was a regular member and frequent soloist with the Choir of the Church of the Advent (Boston). Praised by the Washington Post for his "expressive and perfectly controlled voice," he currently performs with the Washington Bach Consort, the Choir of St. Paul's Church, K Street, and Cathedra, the vocal chamber ensemble of the Washington National Cathedral. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include appearances with the Washington Bach Consort, the Cathedral Choral Society, the Berkshire Choral Festival, and the Folger Consort, in addition to a number of solo recitals in Washington and beyond. During the summer months, he serves on the faculty of the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, Massachusetts. As a conductor, he led the annual productions of The New Opera (Williamstown, MA) from 2004 through 2007 and directed the inaugural season of the Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre (Cambridge, NY) in 2008. He returned to the Berkshires in January to lead staged performances of Mozart's Marriage of Figaro at Williams College, and he appeared as guest conductor with the Washington Bach Consort in April 2013. He has served as artistic director of the Maryland Choral Society since 2009.
You may contact Dr. Giarusso by email.
OfficersPresident: Nikki Ballard Rosengren
Secretary: Rosemary Macchiavelli DeRosa, Alto Section Leader
Treasurer: Heather Meringolo
Music DirectorRichard Giarusso, Ph.D.
Members at LargeDavid Flaxman, Tenor Section Leader
John W. Iobst, Bass Section Leader
Hope P. McGowan
Jo Anna Norris
Paul G. Rosengren
Suzann Marie Thomas, Soprano Section Leader, Music Librarian
Blake Velde, Webmaster