St. George's Choral Society invites amateur and professional musicians to collaborate in the rigorous preparation and presentation of great choral music to inspire and educate our members and community.
Originally formed as a choral school for worshippers at St. George's Episcopal Church in the Stuyvesant Square neighborhood, the choir has operated continuously since its founding in 1817. During WWII, for obvious reasons, few men were available and the group merged with another St. George's choir temporarily. But once the war ended, many singers returned. We are no longer religiously affiliated but have kept our historic name.
We believe in the power of music to:
• Motivate all participants toward artistic growth
• Unify people of diverse cultural backgrounds, ages, occupations and beliefs
We welcome musicians of all levels to join us in a deep exploration of musical ideas and expression of the past and present. Our goal is to perform at the highest level of excellence and to generate a broad range of engagement and outreach activities. St. George’s Choral Society is committed to ensuring access to cultural programming for people with disabilities.
We commit to responsible fiscal and artistic stewardship of our legacy, including functional administrative and governance systems anchored by prudent financial policies to sustain current programs and support incremental growth as we move toward our bicentennial in 2017 and beyond.
Be a part of our legacy! St. George's Choral Society welcomes voices for all parts, though a brief audition with the director is necessary. If you love singing choral masterpieces with professional leadership, please come join us!
Matthew Lewis, Artistic Director and Conductor
Matthew Lewis maintains an active career as organist, choral conductor, and educator. As artistic director and conductor of St. George’s Choral Society since 2005, he directs the chorus in major works of the repertoire. As organist and director of music the Church of the Incarnation, he directs professional singers in a wide variety of liturgical choral music. Dr. Lewis has also served as organist and choir director at Temple Israel in Lawrence, NY, since 1993.
Dr. Lewis has been a member of the organ faculty of the Juilliard School Pre-College division since 1993, and adjunct assistant professor of organ at Westminster Choir College since 2006. His students range in age from teenagers to graduate students. He has presented solo organ recitals in the United States, Canada, and France, has been a featured artist on WNYC, New York, and has performed the complete organ works of César Franck several times, including at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City.
At The Juilliard School, Matthew Lewis completed the doctor of musical arts degree as a student of Jon Gillock. While earning the master of music degree, also at Juilliard, he was the winner of the organ competition, resulting in a performance of Barber's Toccata Festiva with the Juilliard Symphony in Alice Tully Hall. Dr. Lewis is the former recipient of a Fulbright Grant and the Annette Kade Fellowship from the Council of International Education for study in Paris, where he was a student of organ-virtuoso Marie-Madeleine Duruflé. He studied choral conducting with Robert Page.
Board and Officers
Board of Directors
Rachel Ruoff, President
Loraine Obler, Vice President
Claire Marinello, Second Vice President
Pat Rasile, Treasurer
Bairbre Colley, Secretary