Founded in 1977, Concord Singers is a women’s community chorus under the direction of Anna Lenti and accompanied by Robert Long. There is no formal audition process to join. While some prior singing experience is preferred, enthusiasm and ability to learn wonderful music are the only essential prerequisites. Rehearsals are held Monday evenings from September to May at Calvary Church in Summit.
We perform two main concerts per year: a celebration of spring in May and a holiday event in December. We also sponsor a Women’s Choral Workshop in alternate years.
Our repertoire is varied and includes secular and sacred music. Composers range from the classical works of Beethoven, Mozart and Mendelssohn to the more modern works of Gywneth Walker, Rodgers & Hammerstein, Z. Randall Stroope, Clifton Noble, Jr. and George Gershwin.
Anna Lenti: Director
Anna Lenti is a choral conductor, music educator, and soprano who specializes in early music and the works of JS Bach. Anna is a full-time Upper and Middle School Music Teacher at Kent Place School in Summit, where she directs various vocal ensembles and teaches courses in general music. Anna is also a private voice teacher and coach to students ranging from middle school to adulthood. As Assistant Conductor of the Oratorio Society of New York from 2015-2017, Anna assisted with the choir’s preparation for its multiple annual concerts at Carnegie Hall and St. John the Divine. She is the co-founder of the project-based ensemble, Ampersand, which has performed premieres and collaborative performance experiences throughout the tri-state area and Cleveland.
Praised by the New York Times for her “beguiling soprano”, Anna has recently appeared as a soloist in Vivaldi’s Gloria and Handel’s Dixit Dominus with Fairfield County Chorale and Orchestra, joined New York Polyphony for a concert of Italian music at the Amherst Early Music Festival, performed for an interdisciplinary installation at the Matthew Barney Art Studio, and appeared as a soloist with TENET on their Praetorius Vespers program. Anna performs regularly with Bach Vespers at Holy Trinity, The Choir of Trinity Wall Street, The Choir of St. Luke in the Fields, Clarion Music Ensemble, Sounding Light, Manhattan Chorale, Great Music in a Great Space, and Apollo’s Fire.
In May 2014, Anna made her Carnegie Hall debut as the soprano soloist in a premier of a new work by Ola Gjeilo, written for the Manhattan Chorale. She has also appeared as a soloist on the Carnegie Hall stage in Mendelssohn’s Elijah, and at Kodak Hall at the Eastman Theatre for Brahms Requiem. Anna has performed on the professional operatic stage at the Spoleto Festival and the Lincoln Center Festival (Matsukaze).
Anna received a BM in Vocal Performance from the Eastman School of Music in 2011 and an MM in Choral Conducting from Westminster Choir College in 2013.
An accomplished pianist and vocal coach, Robert Long has performed as organist at Carnegie Hall, pianist in recital at Weill Recital Hall and on the Noonday Series at Trinity Church in New York. He has performed in Lincoln Center as guest conductor of the annual Messiah Sing-In and has prepared choruses to sing with the Opera Orchestra of New York in Carnegie Hall. Mr. Long previously served as Director of Music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, where he conducted the Cathedral Choir and worked with world-renowned guest artists. He also conducted the St. Patrick’s Cathedral Chamber Orchestra, comprised of musicians from New York’s leading orchestras. Robert Long has served as music director with The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey and currently serves as Director of Music Ministries and organist for Corpus Christi Parish in Chatham, N.J.
Cynthia Gutierrez Bernstein