The core performing ensemble of the Denton Bach Society, the 20+ strong Choir serves as the volunteer heart of every Denton Bach performance.
Alfred Calabrese, Music Director
Called “one of the finest conductors of his generation” by maestro Robert Shaw, Alfred Calabrese enjoys a diverse career as conductor, educator, composer, scholar, and church musician.
He has served as director of choral activities at Southern Methodist University, Emory University, and Brevard College, and as Visiting Professor in the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University. He has a special affinity for the canon of choral literature for chorus and orchestra, and his repertoire for chamber choir reveals an emphasis on the renaissance motet and works of the present day suitable for liturgical use. His work with maestro Shaw included the preparation of works ranging from Bach to Mahler. He was chorus master of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and founder and conductor of The Britten Choir, an Atlanta-based professional chamber choir.
Calabrese is Director of Music at Saint Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, TX, where he administers the program of music and liturgy, conducts the St. Rita Choir the Jubilate Deo children’s choir, and trains cantors. His choral compositions include a complete Mass setting for congregation, choir, organ and brass, close to one hundred responsorial psalms for weekly liturgical use, several motets and anthems for choir, and instrumental works.
Lenora McCroskey, Keyboardist
Professor Emeritus of music in the College of Music at the University of North Texas. In addition to teaching organ and harpsichord, she was the assistant director of Early Music Studies, teaching Baroque performance practice, continuo, and coaching chamber ensembles. Prior to her appointment at UNT, McCroskey was on the faculties of Stetson University, the Longy School in Cambridge, MA, the Eastman School of Music of the University of Rochester, and was Assistant Organist/Choirmaster in the Memorial Church at Harvard University. She is a Fellow of the Mary Ingraham Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. Currently, Director of Music, Trinity Presbyterian Church, Denton.
Recent activities include writing part of the preface to the new edition of Grigny's Premier Livre d'Orgue (Leupold Editions); Bach, St. Matthew Passion, continuo I; continuo in other area concerts; Steering Committee (Workshops), 2017 AGO Regional Convention in Dallas; volunteer at a preschool for at-risk children.
Hildegard F. Rainbow
Harry C. Phillips
David K. Pierce
Victoria Falkner Jones
Heidi Dietrich Klein
The Choir is always looking for more voices to add to its palette! Rehearsals take place on Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm at St. Paul Lutheran Church. The first rehearsal for the 2016-2017 Season will be Monday, September 12. New members will be asked to stay after for voicings-placement by Director Calabrese. For more information, please contact Director Calabrese by clicking here for email.
St. Paul Lutheran Church
703 N Elm St
Denton, TX 76201
Rehearsals Mondays, 7:30-9:30 pm