William Weinert, director
The Eastman Chorale has established a strong tradition of performing both standard and innovative music. Their acclaimed 2008 performance at the National Collegiate Choral Organization Conference in Cincinnati featured a performance of the Messa da Requiem of Ildebrando Pizzetti—a rarely heard tour-de-force of a cappella choral music. Recent years have brought premieres of works by Samuel Adler, Jacob Avshalomov, Daniel Shapiro, Michaela Eremiasova, and others. In October 2011, they performed Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel’s Job with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra.
Since 1994, William Weinert has served as professor of conducting and director of choral activities at the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, where he conducts the Eastman Chorale and the Eastman-Rochester Chorus and supervises the masters and doctoral programs in choral conducting. He has conducted throughout Europe, United States, and the Far East, and has served throughout the country as a clinician and an adjudicator, as well as giving conducting master classes in North America, Europe, and Asia.
Ensembles under Weinert’s direction have performed at conferences of the American Choral Directors’ Association, National Collegiate Choral Organization, and Music Educators’ National Conference, and he has conducted master classes and honor choruses at these conferences as well.
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