Malcolm Halliday has led the Master Singers of Worcester since the fall of 1998, after a long association with the chorus as both accompanist and assistant conductor. Under his leadership, the chorus has developed a reputation for dynamic and innovative programming, including Worcester premieres of such works as the Ellington Sacred Concerts, Ruth Watson Henderson’s Voices of Earth, Libbey Larsen’s cantata Eleanor Roosevelt and Gwyneth Walker’s New England Journey, commissioned for the 30th anniversary of the chorus. An active piano recitalist, he has recorded a CD on the Albany Records label of solo piano music by the twentieth century American composer Leo Sowerby, as well as four other CDs as collaborative pianist with numerous singers. Former resident pianist for the American Schubert Institute in Boston, he is also a founding member of the Blackstone Trio with mezzo-soprano D’Anna Fortunato and clarinetist Chester Brezniak. Malcolm Halliday is Minister of Music at the First Congregational Church in Shrewsbury, and is also on the piano faculty at Clark University and Worcester Polytechnic Institute. A former dean of the Worcester Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, in 2007 he was one of only two persons in the country to obtain the highest level of certification as a Fellow (FAGO) of the American Guild of Organists. Halliday’s principal teachers include Paul Badura-Skoda, Henny Bordwin, Miles Mauney and Bela Nagy. He holds degrees in piano performance from Oberlin Conservatory and Boston University. You can learn more about Mr. Halliday on his website, http://www.malcolmhalliday.com/.
Olga Rogach received a Master of Music degree in piano performance from Russia’s famed St. Petersburg Conservatory. After graduation, she was appointed to the St. Petersburg Music College Faculty and became a featured pianist for the Literary Association of St. Petersburg and the All-Russian Theatrical Society. She emigrated to the U.S. in 1991 and made her home in Worcester, MA. A leading regional piano teacher, Ms. Rogach has a private piano studio and is also a private piano instructor at WPI. Several of her students have been prize and scholarship winners in International and local competitions. Ms. Rogach performs extensively in New England, and is acclaimed for her recitals and collaborations with instrumentalists and vocalists. She has been heard numerous times on WGBH Radio’s Classics in the Morning and Morning Pro Musica. Also, she is the official pianist for the Bel Canto Vocal Scholarship Foundation (Providence, RI), pianist for the opera ensemble Worcester Opera Works and pianist for the Master Singers of Worcester. In addition, Ms. Rogach is Music Director at First Parish Church of Northborough and a board member of Worcester Opera Works.
Matthew Johnsen, Director, Master Singers To Go
Matthew Johnsen, Ph.D. directs the Master Singers To Go. His undergraduate training in music at Dartmouth College included opportunities to develop a broad musical understanding, as well as specific opportunities to conduct instrumental and choral ensembles. He has also studied at Peabody Conservatory, taken master classes with faculty from the Hochschule fur Musik in Vienna, and participated in conducting master classes with Dale Warland and Michael Jo Scheibe. He is currently Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Church of Worcester, where he also directs the adult and children’s choirs. He is also the Head of the Sociology Department of Worcester State University.