Conductor and Accompanist


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 Stanley Curtis, Conductor

                                                                     Photo by Ed Bailey

Stanley is Professor Emeritus from Orange County Community College, having taught in the choral/vocal field for thirty plus years.  Over the course of his career, he has had extensive performance credits as a tenor soloist.  He initially toured Europe in the US Army with the Fifth Division Red Diamond Chorus.  Subsequently, he was engaged as a staff singer for the West German Radio/Television Network in Cologne, Germany.  In that capacity, he performed major choral works under prominent conductors; including the world premiere of Arnold Schoenberg's Jacob's Ladder in Vienna.  As a soloist, Stanley has appeared in performances of more than fifty sacred works.  American solo appearances include performances with the Buffalo Philharmonic and Syracuse Symphony.  In addition, for several seasons, Professor Curtis performed at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center in choral works with the Philadelphia Orchestra under the baton of Eugene Ormandy.  As a recitalist, he has enjoyed the distinction of being accompanied by Aaron Copland and Ned Rorem in performances of contemporary music.

Stanley Curtis at the helm                                             
Photo by Ed Bailey

 2011 marked the 25th anniversary of Stanley's stewardship at the helm of the Warwick Valley Chorale.

Gail Johnson, Accompanist

Gail enjoyed a 33-year career teaching elementary vocal music in Rockville Centre, LI; Union Springs, NY; and Middletown, NY.  Gail is a graduate of Ithaca College, earning degrees in Music Education and studying piano with George King Driscoll.  She also attended the Manhattan School of Music, Preparatory Division, and studied privately with J. Dennis Starin.  Currently, Gail is organist and choir director at the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Middletown, NY.  She teaches private piano and accompanies in many venues.

Gail Johnson
                       Photo by Ed Bailey


Stanley and Gail collaborating at rehearsal                       Photo by Ed Bailey


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