Artistic Director

Galina's "Piano"

Dan is Founder and Artistic Director of the Connecticut-based Composer's Choir, a group of professional singers which has performed and recorded over 55 works by over 30 composers from across the United States since its inception in 2010.  Its recordings have been broadcast on radio stations throughout the country. Dan is also Founder and Artistic Director of the American Radio Choir, a professional choir made up of distinguished singers in New York City, which is dedicated to recording and distributing new works by living American composers.
Former appointments include Minister of Music at First Church of Christ in Woodbridge, CT; Minister of Music at St. Augustine Church in Seymour, CT; Assistant Conductor of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh; Minister of Music at Middlefield Federated Church; Director of Choirs at Zion Lutheran Church (Pittsburgh); and Director of Middle School Choirs at Trevor Day School (New York City).
Dan has served on the faculties of Duquesne University and John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth. As a choral composer, he has received numerous commissions and his works are performed throughout the United States and Canada. Dan’s music is published by Boosey and Hawkes.

Called “a real musician, hearing the music as a whole conception and putting her part of it in absolute harmony and balance” by Canada’s Hamilton Spectator, and praised for her ability to “draw in the attention of the audience” by the New York Concert Review, Dr. Zisk has performed throughout Russia, Ukraine, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Italy, Hong Kong, Canada and the U.S. as concerto soloist, chamber musician, and in solo recitals.
In North America her performances have included Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall, Klavierhaus, World Financial Center, the Juilliard School, Steinway Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, University of Buffalo Center for the Arts, Goethe Institute, and Roy Thomson Hall among many other prestigious venues. Dr. Zisk is a winner of numerous competitions including First Prizes from the Kiwanis Music Festival, Canadian Music Competition, and “Stars of Tomorrow” Concerto Competition. She is the recipient of the Yamaha Scholarship, Sinclair Radio Laboratories Ltd. Award, as well as the Artists International Presentations, Inc. Award. Her solo recitals have been broadcast on CJRT-FM radio in Canada as well as the Bravo! TV channel. In 2010, Dr. Zisk and her two-piano ensemble Duo Cornelia embarked on several concert tours in Canada and the U.S. to showcase a commissioned work by Canadian composer Michael Pepa.

She has given masterclasses at Universities, Colleges, and Music Festivals, and has adjudicated Music Competitions in the U.S., Europe, North America and Hong Kong, including the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival, International Competition for Strings and Piano in Canada, International Chamber Music Competition in Cambridge, MA. In 2008 she was invited to join the College of Examiners and became an examiner and adjudicator for the Royal Conservatory of Music in the US and Canada, and the Carnegie Hall Achievement Program.

Dr. Zisk has served on the piano faculty of Manhattan School of Music (NYC), Hartwick Summer Music Festival & Institute (Oneonta, NY), International School for Musical Arts (Canada), and Tchaikovsky Summer School (Cambridge, MA), where she became the Program Director in 2006. She has also collaborated with the Boys Choir of Harlem, Inc., Songs of Solomon Academy for the Arts, Christine Jowers’ “Moving Arts Projects”, Tchaikovsky Music Society, and The New Stage Theater.

Galina Zisk holds a Doctor of Musical Arts and Master of Music Degrees in Piano Performance from the Manhattan School of Music, and a Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Zisk is the Co-Founder and Artistic Director of “SoNo Chamber Music Series” in South Norwalk, CT. She currently resides in Ridgefield, CT.

Daniel Shaw is a conductor and composer living in Hamden, CT.  He received degrees in music (B.A. Dartmouth College), choral conducting (M.M. Emory University) and music education (M.M. University of Toronto).

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Mateus Zechowski

STUDIOTEO is a professional live concert and studio recording service. Our diverse experience, specializing in location recording (concert halls, sacred spaces, and performing art centers), provides the ability to best document any performance from beginning to finish. With high quality preamps (millennia), microphones (NeumannSchoepsRoyer, and Earthworks), and converters (Apogee) along with highly skilled editing, mixing, and mastering, we capture for the most discerning ear.

For the projects requiring a typical studio space, STUDIOTEO offers a live room with isolation booth, suitable for recording solo performers, small ensembles as well as voice-over work.

Studio Teo was Founded in 2000 by Mateusz Zechowski, a classically trained musician, who holds a Masters in Music from the Chopin Academy of Music in Warsaw, Poland, a MMus from North Carolina School of the Arts, and AD from Yale School of Music in Oboe Performance. He has completed numerous recordings as both recording engineer and performing artist.

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Rebecca Patterson

The New York Times describes Ms. Patterson as having an “uncommonly warm and rounded tone,” and the Washington Postpraises her for “a stunning account of the movement “Praise to the Eternity of Jesus” from Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time. A founding member of the award-winning ensemble Antares, Rebecca dedicated about fifteen years to chamber music, contemporary music, and teaching.

Ms. Patterson co-founded Antares while a student at Yale, and took top prizes the following year in the Fischoff, Coleman, Yellow Springs, and Carmel Chamber Music Competitions. In 2002, Antares was awarded the top prize in the Concert Artists Guild competition in New York City in recognition of its exciting and emotionally charged performances.  Their last CD release in 2011, revisited two significant yet previously unrecorded works from 1978: Shadowed Narrativeby Roger Reynolds and Tashi by Peter Lieberson. This CD was featured as “Choice of the Month” in the January 2012 issue of BBC Music Magazine. Other recordings with Antares include, Eclipse with Innova Recordings, and Red River by Mason Bates with MSR Classics label.

Ms. Patterson received her B.M. from the Eastman School of Music and her M.M. from the Yale School of Music, where she studied with Paul Katz and Aldo Parisot, respectively.  While at Eastman she was winner of the Gibbs Chamber Orchestra Concerto competition, as well as the recipient of the full-merit Lois Smith Rogers Scholarship.  At Yale she was a recipient of the Ender Scholarship, which goes to a cellist with excellent promise. She currently lives in New Haven, CT, and was appointed principal cello with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra as of the 2012-13 season.

Max Vladimiroff

Max Vladimiroff is an award-winning composer, pianist and harpsichordist. Having grown up in the Caucasus region of Russia where various cultures come in direct contact with each other, his influences were classical and romantic music played by a concert pianist father, Armenian, Georgian and Russian folk songs, as well as American jazz.
Vladimiroff studied piano and improvisation at the Gnessin College of Music in Moscow. He later obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of California, Irvine, and studied in New York and Paris with composers Philip Lasser and Narcis Bonet.
His works have been performed in the United States and Europe and have won several prizes, including the Musica Domani International Composition Prize and the Longfellow Chorus Award of Distinction. Recent commissions include new works for the Vassar College Choir and the Alturas Duo. 
An accomplished pianist, Vladimiroff is also active as harpsichordist, regularly collaborating with soprano Amy Goldin and violinist Alexy Avetisyan. He currently serves as Director of Music at Valley Presbyterian Church and teaches at his private studio in Brookfield, Connecticut.

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