GEORGE CASE, MUSIC DIRECTOR
The Boston Cecilia enthusiastically welcomes Dr. George Case as its new music director. Dr. Case is the Director of Choral Activities at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where he directs the choral ensembles and the graduate choral conducting program, and Music Director of the Newburyport Choral Society, an 83-year-old choral society on the North Shore. He holds Doctoral and Masters degrees in conducting from the University of Michigan and a Bachelors degree in vocal performance from Boston University.
Dr. Case was chosen through a competitive audition process with a deep field of talented and experienced candidates. Charlie Evett, co-chair of the search committee and incoming Cecilia president, explains the choice: “From our earliest rehearsals with George, he consistently led us to a place of joy in music making. All the work in perfecting phrasing and technique is ultimately in support of getting to that place—and sharing that joy with Boston audiences will be our joint mission in the years to come.” Dr. Case also looks to the future with excitement: "I couldn't be more thrilled to be appointed Music Director of The Boston Cecilia. Steeped in a rich and unique tradition, The Boston Cecilia will continue to deliver concerts characterized by informed and expressive performances of the great works of the choral repertoire, while also emphasizing new works by living composers who contribute to the current musical conversation. The Boston Cecilia combines the best of choral performance in the city of Boston: passionate performances, skilled singers, and relevant and exciting programming.”
With a multi-faceted background as a conductor, educator, and professional singer, Dr. Case brings a wide-ranging body of musical experience and a passionate artistic voice to his work. He is an award-winning educator of young musicians who frequently leads clinics and workshops for high school and college singers. A soloist and professional chorister himself, he has performed with major ensembles across North America and Europe, and is a regular member of and soloist with the Santa Fe Desert Chorale, Handel + Haydn Society, Skylark Vocal Ensemble, Marsh Chapel Choir, Spire Chamber Ensemble, and the Carnegie Festival Chorus.
BENJAMIN PERRY, ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR
Ben Perry is a Master’s student of Choral Conducting at the Boston Conservatory at Berklee where he assistant conducts Women’s Choir, Chorale, and Conductor’s Choir. Ben earned his Bachelor’s degree in Vocal Performance from Utah Valley University where he studied both voice and conducting with Dr. Reed Criddle. During his studies at UVU Ben was the assistant conductor of the UVU Chamber Choir and the UVU Men’s Choir, both of which premiered his compositions. As a baritone, Ben has sung the roles of Papegeno from Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Mercutio from Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Njegus from Lehár’s The Merry Widow, and Pilatus from Bach’s St. John Passion. Also a pianist and guitarist, he has accompanied UVU Choirs on international tours to Spain and Hawaii.
KEVIN NEEL, ACCOMPANIST
Kevin Neel is the Organist and Chapel Choir Director at Emmanuel Church in Boston. He also serves as Executive Director for Coro Allegro and Organist for St. Clement Eucharistic Shrine. In December 2016 he co-founded The Brookline Consort, a new choral ensemble whose mission is to tell stories through diverse, thoughtful programming performed at the highest level. As a singer, he has sung with the Marsh Chapel Choir, Emmanuel Music, Cantata Singers, and VOICES 21C. He has been heard at the organ in numerous venues including Boston Symphony Hall (Fauré Requiem) and Old South Church (Bernstein Chichester Psalms) and looks forward to upcoming recitals including Methuen Memorial Music Hall. Kevin holds degrees from Boston University in Choral Conducting and Indiana University in Organ Performance and is originally from the Charlotte, NC area.