Founded in 1977, Concord Singers is a women’s community chorus under the direction of Anna Lenti and accompanied by Caroline Parody. 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.
Caroline Parody: Accompanist and Vocal Coach
Caroline Parody is a versatile pianist and vocalist who performs regularly around the New York/New Jersey Metro area. She received her degrees from William Paterson and Montclair State University in piano and studied voice in New York City, participating in master classes and workshops by Dame Helena Doese, Maestro Peter Mark, and distinguished American Wagnerian soprano Johanna Meier. William Paterson University awarded her with both Outstanding Senior Performer and Music Scholar. She took first place in the adult division of NJNATS at Westminster Choir College.
Her opera repertoire includes leading roles in Aida, Alcest, Ariadne aud Naxos, Der Freischutz, Elektra, Fidelio, Hansel and Gretel (Witch), Idomeneo (Elettra), La Gioconda, Lohengrin, Siegfried (Brunnhilde), Turandot, Un Ballo in Maschere and Die Valkure. She has served on the faculty of Montclair State University and the Newark Boys School. She currently serves as organist/director at Zion Lutheran Church in Saddle River, works as a freelance accompanist and singer and maintains a private teaching studio.
Cynthia Gutierrez Bernstein
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