David Recca, Artistic Director
David J. Recca is currently a lecturer at the Conservatory of Music of Purchase College, SUNY. There he directs the Purchase Chorus and Purchase Chamber Singers, he is a regular guest conductor of the Purchase Symphony Orchestra, and he teaches a variety of undergraduate courses including music history, music theory, ear training, and conducting. He is also the newly appointed Artistic Director of the New York City Master Chorale; the Artistic Director of the Southern Connecticut Camerata, a Norwalk-based early music ensemble celebrating its 64th season; and the Assistant Music Director of the New Amsterdam Singers, a fixture in Manhattan’s choral scene which has been championing new works by living composers for over 50 seasons.
He has served as assistant conductor to Mercury Opera Rochester, principal assistant conductor to the Yale Camerata, and artistic director to Madrigalia Via, whose performances were hailed as “sinfully blissful” by the Wall Street Journal. He has prepared choirs for conductors such as Helmuth Rilling, David Hill, Masaaki Suzuki, Simon Carrington, Erwin Ortner, and Sir Gilbert Levine.
He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from the Yale School of Music, a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting from the Eastman School of Music, and a Performer’s Certificate in Vocal Coaching and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from Purchase College.
Sue Landis, Operations Associate
Sue Landis is an artistic administrator with a background in music education. As the Operations Associate for the New York City Master Chorale, she brings her passion for choral music and her attention to details to the operations side of the organization.
Previously, Sue worked at Carnegie Hall for over 10 years in both the Weill Music Institute (education department) and with Ensemble Connect. She was a member of the creative team behind OPERA America’s NOTES (National Opera Teacher and Educator Source) program. Sue held the position of personal assistant to internationally renowned opera singer Marilyn Horne. In addition, she served as a public school music teacher to hundreds of children in New Jersey.
Sue holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Westminster Choir College of Rider University, where she sang with Joseph Flummerfelt, Allen Crowell, James Jordan, and Andrew Megill.
Pianist Andrea Lodge has been hailed as a “Must-See” (The Telegram, St. John’s, NL). A specialist in the performance of contemporary music, she was awarded top prizes at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Canadian National Competition. Andrea lives in New York City where she performs regularly as soloist, with her husband Jay Sorce as the Sorce/Lodge Duo, and with the adventurous new music quartet, Hypercube.
Hypercube has been bringing their music to new audiences with tours across the U.S.A. and abroad, as featured artists on the FIMNME Festival of New Music in Mexico City, Now Hear This! Festival of New Music, Music on the Edge, and the Ritornello Chamber Music Festival. Their debut album, Brain on Fire received critical acclaim in 2020. During COVID-19, they have welcomed composers from around the world for three Hypercube Composition Labs, workshopping and performing over 50 new works. This season, Hypercube embarks on collaborations with composers from Columbia University and NYU.
Recent performances of the Sorce/Lodge Duo include a live appearance at the Garrick Theatre in Bonavista, Canada, during the Garrick Summer Series, online as part of The Current, run by Charlotte New Music, and in a combination of online and in-person as featured artists on the Mise-En Place Acoustic + Series. In 2021, the Sorce/Lodge Duo has also been featured at the Rock Valley Schoolhouse in Delaware County, NY, and at Joe’s Place in Bonaventure, Canada. In 2020, the duo made recordings for the American Composers Alliance and New Focus Recordings.
Andrea is an integral part of Nief-Norf, a contemporary music organization and summer festival focused on bringing together new ideas in performance, composition and research. Along with Nief-Norf, Andrea has twice been a featured artist at the Big Ears Festival in Knoxville, TN.
Andrea has played at the International Computer Music Conference, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, UNPLAY Festival, Sonic Boom Festival, the International Sound Symposium, the Queens New Music Festival and the Qubit Noise Non-Ference. She has collaborated with many new music ensembles including Yarn/Wire, Ecce Ensemble, Oracle Hysterical, Metropolis Ensemble, Tenth Intervention and Anonymous Ensemble. Andrea’s recordings include two albums of music by Marga Richter, and solo piano works by Elliot Cole on his album Nightflower. She is preparing to record John Psathas’ Three Psalms for piano and percussion orchestra for release by New Zealand’s Atoll Records and is working towards the release of her first solo album, Dynamic Earth.
As an educator, Andrea teaches at Adelphi University and Five Towns College. She holds the position of Musical Director of the Down Town Glee Club, and is the Organist and Choir Director at Zion Episcopal Church in Douglaston, NY. Andrea holds a DMA in Performance from Stony Brook University
Board of Trustees
Sara Yood, Chair
Lewis “Skip” Teel, Vice Chair
Charley Mills, Treasurer
Nora Thomson, Secretary
Emma Dickson, Trustee
Julie Rulyak Steinberg, Advisory
Morten Lauridsen, Honorary
Donald Neuen, Honorary
David Recca, ex officio
Julie Heller, Chorus President, ex officio
Thea Kano, Artistic Director Emeritus
Laurence C. Boylan, Esq.
James S. Longo
Leslie Ann Lopez
Paul Salamunovich (1927 – 2014)
Debra K. Unger
Marion S. Wise