Danica A. Buckley

Artistic Director and Conductor

       Danica A. Buckley has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) since 2005. Performances have included English part-songs, music of Viennese composers, and myriad others. CAS has performed several larger choral-orchestral works, such as Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and  Fauré; Magnificats by Bach and Schubert; Mass in Time of War (Haydn), Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Messa a Quattro Voci (Puccini), Choral Fantasy (Beethoven), and many more, all with the Choral Art Society Orchestra. In 2009, (in conjunction with the Braintree Choral Society, then also under Ms. Buckley's direction), the chorus performed a sold-out performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul, honoring the 200th birthday of Mendelssohn and the 50th anniversary of the Choral Art Society.

       Since 2006, she has also directed the Simmons College Concert Choir (Hitting a High Note Since 1902!). In September 2013, she was appointed as Music Director for First Parish Brewster, a Unitarian Universalist church on Cape Cod. In 2014, she was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Chorale, based in Sandwich, Massachusetts. From 2005-2010, she was Music Director at First Parish in Brookline.

        In April 2013, in response to the Boston marathon bombing, she gathered 500 choral singers, four conducting colleagues, and two pianists to perform the Brahms' Requiem at MIT, six days after the marathon, in order to comfort the community and raise money for the One Fund.  The concert raised $15,000, and the webcast was seen around the world. Abroad, she has conducted Renaissance choral music in Sarteano, Italy and performances at St. James’s Church Piccadilly in London and at St. Peter ad Vincula in Coggeshall, Essex.

       Ms. Buckley holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. William Cutter.  In the summer program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, she studied conducting with Dr. Andrew Megill and vocal health science with Dr. Scott McCoy.

      Prior to her master’s studies at Boston Conservatory, in 1987, while earning a Master of Arts in English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, she founded The Tompkins Chorale, comprised of fellow graduate students, her own undergraduate students, and professors.  During this time, she also studied voice at Meredith College with Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper. At Brevard Music Center she studied opera with Arnold Voketaitis and Ross Magoulas. She was also a soprano soloist at Pullen Church, performing under the direction of and studying conducting with Dr. Michael Hawn.

      In Vermont, between 1987-1995, she conducted musicals at her alma mater, Norwich University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985. She was Music Director of the Northeast Kingdom Chorus, the Mad River Chorale (which she founded), and choral conductor at Green Mountain Valley School. Between 1995-2002, in Pennsylvania and then in Massachusetts, she taught English and was Assistant Director of the choir at Mercersburg Academy (and Assistant Coach of the ski team!), and English teacher and founder of the upper school chorus at Cape Cod Academy, as well as Music Director and founder of the Osterville Community Chorus; she was also soprano soloist and Assistant Conductor at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

      Ms. Buckley is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, and the Association for Unitarian Universalist Musicians (AUUM).

       In addition to leading myriad choral rehearsals and performances, she is an Assistant Professor of English composition and literature at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

     Danica A. Buckley has been Artistic Director and Conductor of the Choral Art Society of the South Shore (CAS) since 2005. Performances have included English part-songs, music of Viennese composers, and myriad others. CAS has performed several larger choral-orchestral works, such as Requiems by Mozart, Brahms, and  Fauré; Magnificats by Bach and Schubert; Mass in Time of War (Haydn), Dona Nobis Pacem (Vaughan Williams), Messa a Quattro Voci (Puccini), Choral Fantasy (Beethoven), and many more, all with the Choral Art Society Orchestra.

     In 2009, (in conjunction with the Braintree Choral Society, then also under Ms. Buckley's direction), the chorus performed a sold-out performance of Mendelssohn’s oratorio St. Paul, honoring the 200th birthday of Mendelssohn and the 50th anniversary of the Choral Art Society.

     Since 2006, she has also directed the Simmons College Concert Choir (Hitting a High Note Since 1902!). In September 2013, she was appointed as Music Director for First Parish Brewster, a Unitarian Universalist church on Cape Cod. In 2014, she was appointed Artistic Director and Conductor of the Cape Cod Chorale, based in Sandwich, Massachusetts. From 2005-2010, she was Music Director at First Parish in Brookline.

     In April 2013, in response to the Boston marathon bombing, she gathered 500 choral singers, four conducting colleagues, and two pianists to perform the Brahms' Requiem at MIT, six days after the marathon, in order to comfort the community and raise money for the One Fund.  The concert raised $15,000, and the webcast was seen around the world. Abroad, she has conducted Renaissance choral music in Sarteano, Italy and performances at St. James’s Church Piccadilly in London and at St. Peter ad Vincula in Coggeshall, Essex.

     Ms. Buckley holds the Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from Boston Conservatory, where she studied with Dr. William Cutter.  In the summer program at Westminster Choir College in Princeton, NJ, she studied conducting with Dr. Andrew Megill and vocal health science with Dr. Scott McCoy.

     Prior to her master’s studies at Boston Conservatory, in 1987, while earning a Master of Arts in English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, she founded The Tompkins Chorale, comprised of fellow graduate students, her own undergraduate students, and professors.  During this time, she also studied voice at Meredith College with Dr. Jacquelyn Culpepper. At Brevard Music Center she studied opera with Arnold Voketaitis and Ross Magoulas. She was also a soprano soloist at Pullen Church, performing under the direction of and studying conducting with Dr. Michael Hawn.

In Vermont, between 1987-1995, she conducted musicals at her alma mater, Norwich University, from which she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English in 1985.

     She was Music Director of the Northeast Kingdom Chorus, the Mad River Chorale (which she founded), and choral conductor at Green Mountain Valley School. Between 1995-2002, in Pennsylvania and then in Massachusetts, she taught English and was Assistant Director of the choir at Mercersburg Academy (and Assistant Coach of the ski team!), and English teacher and founder of the upper school chorus at Cape Cod Academy, as well as Music Director and founder of the Osterville Community Chorus; she was also soprano soloist and Assistant Conductor at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church.

     Ms. Buckley is a member of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), Chorus America, and the Association for Unitarian Universalist Musicians (AUUM).

      In addition to leading myriad choral rehearsals and performances, she is an Assistant Professor of English composition and literature at Wentworth Institute of Technology.

 Choral Art Society of the South Shore

PO Box 148

Scituate, MA 02066

choralartsociety@yahoo.com

www.choralartsociety.org

 

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