Jonathan Barnhart, Music Director

Jonathan Barnhart, Music Director and Conductor of the Dedham Choral SocietyJonathan Barnhart, Music Director and Conductor, received the M.Mus. from New England Conservatory of Music and B.A. from Dickinson College. He has studied choral conducting with Lorna Cooke deVaron, organ with James David Christie, and voice with Susan Clickner and Grace Hunter. As a vocal soloist, Mr. Barnhart has appeared with numerous organizations, including Alea III, Boston Camerata, Cantata Singers, Ensemble Abendmusik, Musica Viva, and the Handel and Haydn Society, performing under the baton of such internationally renowned conductors as Christopher Hogwood, John Nelson, Andrew Parrot and Grant Llewellyn, and has been praised by the Boston Globe for his “superb musicianship” (Stravinsky, Threni). Notably, Mr. Barnhart appeared as a soloist with the Handel & Haydn Society in Haydn’s Orfeo, conducted by Sir Roger Norrington. This season will mark his 30th anniversary as a member of the professional ensemble of H&H, where he will continue to perform under the direction of Music Director Harry Christophers.

During Mr. Barnhart’s twenty-year tenure with the Dedham Choral Society, the ensemble has been critically noted for its “solid vocal heft,” “unanimous blend and wide dynamic compass,” and the programming as “intelligently thought-out.” He has led DCS in the local premieres of such major works as Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, Peteris Vasks’ Dona nobis pacem, Alexander Gretchaninov’s Liturgia Domestica, and This Sacred Ground, by American composer David Diamond.

Mr. Barnhart is Organist and Choir Director of Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill, and of First Parish, Unitarian Universalist in Harvard Square, Cambridge. Professional affiliations include the American Guild of Organists and the American Choral Directors Association; he has taught on the music faculties of Commonwealth School, Milton Academy, Boston College and the New England Conservatory. Mr. Barnhart’s editions of choral and organ music are published by ECS Publishing (Mozart, Thompson), Galaxy Music (Vaughan Williams), and Thorpe Music (Gretchaninov, Thompson, and Skryabin).

Darryl Hollister, Assistant Director

Darryl Hollister, Assistant ConductorDarryl Hollister was born in Detroit, Michigan. He attended Michigan State University, where he studied with Ralph Votapek and Deborah Moriarty. He received his Master’s Degree from New England Conservatory of Music, working with Patricia Zander.

Touring with the program “Sharing a New Song,” Mr. Hollister performed as accompanist and soloist in performances in Russia, Georgia, Estonia, Ukraine, and Armenia. Mr. Hollister is an active accompanist and performer with many well-known choral groups in the Boston area and in Nashua, NH. He regularly performs with Coro Allegro, Dedham Choral Society, the Heritage Chorale in Framingham, and the choruses of Commonwealth School.

Mr. Hollister is considered one of the leading interpreters of African classical piano music. He has premiered works of many outstanding African composers such as Akin Euba, Joshua Uzoigwe, Fred Ovonoversuoke, and many others. He has performed recitals of African and African- American piano music in Pittsburgh, Washington D.C., St. Louis, and London and Cambridge, England. He and flutist Wendy White have recorded a CD entitled African Art Music for Flute.

He has toured throughout the Caribbean, South Africa, and England with soprano Dawn Padmore in recitals of African and African-American music.

He is founder of the world music ensemble Mundial which will give its inaugural concert in the fall featuring works of African and African-American composers.