The Boston Cecilia Chorus:
Daniel Mahoney, guitar
Daniel Mahoney completed conducting his studies at the University of Birmingham. He conducted the UK student première of Jonathan Dove’s The Enchanted Pig at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts in June 2017, and was recently appointed the first Conducting Fellow of Schola Cantorum of Oxford, one of the longest established and most widely known chamber choirs in the UK. In January 2018, he prepared the University of Birmingham Voices for John Wilson and the CBSO’s centenary celebration of Leonard Bernstein, and he led the Birmingham University Singers on their 2018 German tour. He returned to Germany in August as a one of eight emerging young conductors to participate in Rundfunkchor Berlin's International Conducting Masterclass through generous support of the Boston Cultural Council.
Prior to his work in England, Daniel completed a master’s of music in conducting at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he was assistant conductor for the choral ensembles and opera department. In early 2016, he formed The Janvs Project chamber orchestra through the Boston Conservatory’s Entrepreneurial Grant. He also served as assistant conductor of the Newburyport Choral Society and music director at the Congregational Church of Weston.
Mahoney was two-time a fellow at Yale University’s Norfolk Chamber Music Festival and conducting fellow at Chorus America’s national conference. With Berkshire Choral International, he has helped to prepare masterpieces from the choral-orchestral canon as a staff conductor and conducting apprentice in the United States and the Republic of Ireland. In August 2016, he conducted in the world premiere of David Lang’s the public domain in New York City’s Mostly Mozart Festival.
Daniel has performed at the BBC Proms with Sir Simon Rattle and Edward Gardner as a member of the CBSO Chorus, and regularly sings with the Tanglewood Festival Chorus as well as Cantata Singers in the US. He has sung with Boston’s acclaimed Renaissance Men and Canto Armonico and has also performed at Trinity Wall Street in New York. He currently sings and conducts at All Saints Parish in Brookline as honorary Conducting Fellow.
In addition to degrees in conducting, Mahoney also holds a Bachelors of Music in Music Education from Ithaca College where he studied classical guitar with Pablo Cohen.
margaret lias, mezzo-soprano
Mezzo-soprano, Margaret Lias, has been celebrated for her “warm,” “arresting,” and “rich-toned” singing. Since her Boston Symphony Hall debut in 2011 with Handel and Haydn Society (Handel, Israel in Egypt), Margaret has been a frequent soloist under the baton of Harry Christophers. In 2015, Margaret received praise for her Lincoln Center solo debut singing Mozart’s Requiem. Select solo appearances in 2018 and 2019 include Portland Symphony Orchestra (Beethoven, Symphony No. 9 ), Boston Baroque (Monteverdi, L’incoronazione di Poppea), Handel and Haydn Society (Bach, Mass in B Minor), Masterworks Chorale (Beethoven, Mass in C), the Cleveland Orchestra (Stravinsky, Threni: id est Lamentationes Jeremiae Prophetae), Back Bay Chorale (Mozart, Requiem), UMass Amherst Bach Festival (Bach, St. Matthew Passion), and Emmanuel Music (Harbison, The Supper at Emmaus).
A passionate supporter of Anglican liturgical music, Margaret has been a sought-after cantor for events such as bishop consecrations, priest ordinations, and Holy Week services in major cathedrals and churches in the US (St. John the Divine, New York, NY, Trinity Church in the City of Boston, MA, and Cathedral of St. Philip, Atlanta, GA) and abroad (Westminster Abbey (The Collegiate Church of St. Peter), London, England, and Coventry Cathedral (St. Michael’s Cathedral), Coventry, England.). Presently, Margaret is a core member of Emmanuel Music, ensemble-in-residence at Emmanuel Church, Boston, MA.
Margaret’s versatility as a singer allows her the opportunity to collaborate with other soloists to perform master choral works at a very high level easily transitioning from medieval and baroque music to classical, romantic, and contemporary repertoire. Margaret was a founding member of The Skylark Vocal Ensemble under Matthew Guard. She has performed frequently with Seraphic Fire under Patrick Dupré Quigley, Boston Baroque under Martin Pearlman, Voices of Ascension under Dennis Keene, Sacred Music in a Sacred Space under K. Scott Warren, Emmanuel Music under Ryan Turner, and Musica Sacra New York under Kent Tritle.
John Bitsas, bass
John Bitsas, baritone, is a recent graduate of The Boston Conservatory. John has performed with Newburyport Choral Society, The Boston Cecilia, Crested Butte Music Festival, Emmanuel Music, Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre, Central Iowa Orchestra, Orchestra Iowa, and Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Operatic repertoire includes Masetto (Don Giovanni), Guglielmo (Così fan tutte), Owen Hart (Dead Man Walking), Betto di Signa (Gianni Schicchi), Herr Reich (Die lusitgen Weiber von Windsor), Melisso (Alcina), Figaro (Le nozze di Figaro), Le fauteuil (L’enfant et les sortileges), Endimione (La Calisto), George Jones (Street Scene), and The Abbot (Curlew River).
On the concert stage, he has been seen as bass soloist in Vaughan Williams’s Five Mystical Songs, Bach Cantatas 113, 82, and 94, Bach’s Mass in B Minor, Charpentier’s Messe de minuit pour Noël, Vaughan Williams’s Fantasia on Christmas Carols, Bach’s Magnificat, Handel’s Messiah, Duruflé’s Requiem, Handel’s Utrecht Te Deum and Jubilate Deo, Beethoven’s Fantasia in C minor, Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb.
John graduated with his Master of Music in Opera Performance from The Boston Conservatory and his Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Simpson College. www.johnbitsas.com