Pro Arte Chorale Welcomes NEW MUSIC DIRECTOR; Bryan Zaros

Posted: Monday, April 23, 2018

The Pro Arte Chorale is very pleased to welcome Bryan Zaros as its new
Music Director, effective July 1. The search for a new music director was
launched late last year, following the announcement that the Chorale’s music
director of six years, Steven Fox, was stepping down having accepted the
position of Music Director for The Cathedral Choral Society in Washington
DC. After a four-month selection process with several outstanding
candidates that included auditions with members of the Chorale, Bryan
Zaros was offered the position which he enthusiastically accepted.
“For over 50 years, the Pro Arte Chorale has been a leading musical presence
in the New York metropolitan area,” said Bryan. “With a distinguished
history performing the great masterworks, this community of committed
musicians has continued to thrive and inspire audiences under a legacy of
great conductors. It is my great joy and privilege to join Pro Arte as their
next Music Director and continue the great performance legacy of this
ensemble. I look forward to leading them to a renewed era of artistry,
impassioned music making and community engagement.”
“I am delighted that Pro Arte will be in such good hands with Bryan as their
new musical leader,” said Steven Fox. “Having had the chance to meet Bryan
a little over a year ago in New York, I think that he is just the right person for
this special role. I am so happy for both the Chorale and for Bryan.”
Bryan is a young conductor recognized for his “strong musical imagination”
and “deep sense of musicality and communication.” A native New Yorker, he
received a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music from Westminster Choir
College and a Master of Music in Conducting from the University of
Michigan. He is currently a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts degree
in Conducting at the Manhattan School of Music.
Bryan began his professional musical training as a member of the
Metropolitan Opera Children’s Chorus and as a boy chorister at The Church
of the Transfiguration NYC. At the age of sixteen he was appointed the
Assistant Choirmaster at Transfiguration while also serving as the Assistant
Choirmaster at St. Bartholomew’s Park Avenue. Recent conducting
engagements have included invitations with choirs and orchestras in
England, Italy, Switzerland, Canada, Sweden, Argentina, Greece, Slovenia,
Ireland and Romania. Most notably he has conducted concerts at Alice Tully
Hall, Lincoln Center and at American Choral Director’s Association
Conferences. He is a recipient of several conducting awards including an
American Prize award in Conducting.
Most recently, Bryan served as the Director of Choral Activities at Avon Old
Farms School, as the Conductor of the Archdiocesan Choir and Orchestra at
the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in Hartford, and as a conductor of choirs at the
University of Hartford.
Bryan is the Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine
and made his conducting debut with the Cathedral’s Choirs at Westminster
Abbey, London. “I am extremely proud of the work Bryan Zaros has done as
Associate Choirmaster at the Cathedral of St John the Divine, and also
through his doctoral studies at the Manhattan School of Music,” said Kent
Tritle, Director of Cathedral Music at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.
“He embodies that rare combination of musicality, excellent people skills and
a commitment to doing the hard work it takes to truly be a fine conductor. It
gives me great joy to see him take on the music director position with the Pro
Arte Chorale, and I look forward to witnessing his work with this cherished
and esteemed ensemble!”.
The Pro Arte Chorale wishes Steven Fox continued success in his endeavors,
and we are grateful for the years of musical excellence he brought to our
singers and audience. We look forward to building on this success and level
of excellence under Bryan’s new leadership and talent.