Dr. Richard Giarusso, Music Director
Richard Giarusso maintains a rewarding career as a conductor, singer, educator, and scholar. An enterprising leader within the Washington, D.C. choral community, Dr. Giarusso is music director of the Georgetown Chorale and artistic director of the Voce Chamber Singers in northern Virginia. He served previously as artistic director of The Maryland Choral Society. Guest conducting appearances have included the Washington Bach Consort, The New Opera (Williamstown, Massachusetts), Hubbard Hall Opera Theatre (Cambridge, New York), the Aoede Consort (Albany, New York), Williams College, and CONCORA (Connecticut Choral Artists) in Hartford. He returns to the Washington Bach Consort as guest conductor during the 2017-18 season. Praised by The Washington Post for his “expressive and perfectly controlled voice,” he is in high demand as a solo and ensemble singer. Recent and upcoming solo engagements include performances with the Washington Bach Consort, the Manassas Ballet Theatre, and the Choirs of Washington National Cathedral, in addition to solo recitals in Washington, Boston, and the Berkshires.
A native of Massachusetts, Dr. Giarusso holds degrees in music and English from Williams College and the Ph.D. in historical musicology from Harvard University. An award-winning teacher, he is Chair of the Department of Musicology at the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Giarusso is also a frequent lecturer for arts organizations throughout the mid-Atlantic, having presented talks for the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Baltimore Symphony, the Washington Bach Consort, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, the Shriver Hall Concerts, and the Baltimore Museum of Art. He has also served as a music panelist for the National Endowment for the Arts. Dr. Giarusso resides in Silver Spring, with his wife, Allison, his son, Adrian, and three cats.