ANTHONY MORSS, CONDUCTOR
Anthony Morss was born in Boston and studied at the New England Conservatory and the National Orchestral Association in New York. While still a student, he was chosen by Leopold Stokowski to be his chorus Master and Associate Conductor with the Symphony of the Air. Since then, his widely diverse career has seen him as Chorus Master of Juilliard抯 Amercian Opera Center and as Music Director of the Majorca and Saragossa Symphonies in Spain, and the Norwalk Symphony in the U.S. He has guest conducted the Madrid, Barcelona, Marseille, Cape Town and Slovak Radio Symphonies, among many others.
In 1976 he conducted the American premiere of Massenet抯 Marie Magdeleine with Regine Crespin and Aragall and Wixell, which Eva Marton proclaimed a major turning-point in her career. In 1990 in Alice Tully Hall, he conducted a concert version of Fidelio with original instruments, the first such performance of a standard repertory opera in New York.
In addition to his symphonic posts he has served as Music Director for the New York State Opera Company, Verismo Opera of New York, the Maine Opera, Asociacion Pro-Zarzula en America, and Eastern Opera Theatre of New York. He is currently Music Director of the New Jersey Association of Verismo Opera and the Lubo Opera Company. He has guest conducted numerous other companies, including the Marseille Opera, New Jersey Lyric, the Majorca Opera Society, Tampa Bay Opera and National Grand Opera.
His repertory is wide both in symphony and opera, currently including sixty-seven works for the stage: mostly operas –Italian, French, German, Japanese and contemporary American but also some operettas — Gilbert and Sullivan, Victor Herbert, Viennese and Zarzuelas.
His has conducted for instrumental soloists like violinist Henry K. Szeryng and pianist Phillipe Entremont, and a host of internationally famous singers, including Regine Crespin, Eva Marton, Lucine Amara, Patrice Munsel, Phyllis Curtin, Giacomo, Aragall, Louis Roney, Carlo Bini and Ingvar Wixell.
Dr. Robert E. Maher
is the Chief Executive Officer at St. Christopher’s and the former Superintendent of the Greenburgh-North Castle School District. Prior to his assuming the leadership role at GNC, Dr. Maher served as the principal of Briarcliff High School for 10 years. Prior to his tenure at Briarcliff, Dr. Maher served as principal of Cornwall Central High School (Orange County, New York), during which time Cornwall HS was recognized as a New York State School of Excellence. Dr. Maher also served the Lakeland Central School District as a teacher, night high school program director, Dean of Students and Assistant Principal of the high school. Dr. Maher has also been recognized by numerous educational organizations, as well as the media, for programs he designed and implemented including leadership training and character development for students and adults, creative disciplinary methods, improving self-esteem, motivating staff and students, and creating dynamic school environments. For the past twenty-five (25) years, Dr. Maher has served as an educational consultant and advisor to the Office of Juvenile Justice—Juvenile Justice Resource Center (US Department of Justice), the United States Department of Education, the Division for Student Activities of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the National School Safety Center, several State Departments of Education and numerous public and private school districts throughout America. Dr. Maher served as an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Education at Fordham University where he taught graduate courses in educational administration and teaching and curriculum. Dr. Maher has published extensively in the areas of leadership, curriculum design, bullying and victimization, school management and discipline. He has spoken at numerous local, state and national conferences and seminars. Since 1988, Dr. Maher has been a frequent guest on several networks (CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, CNBC, etc.) and has appeared on numerous talk shows speaking on all educational topics. In 2015, Dr. Maher received the SmartCEO Deals of Distinction Award by the Executives’ Association of New York City, an honor given to innovative business leaders and deal-makers that have made a significant impact on their company and its success. Dr. Maher received his B.A. (Sociology/ Criminology) and M.S. ed. (Counseling and Education) from the State University of New York (Plattsburgh) and his doctorate from Fordham University in Educational Administration and Supervision. He is the past president of the Briarcliff Manor Rotary Club – where he was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow — and he has served as president of Section IX and I Athletics (NYSPHSAA) during his tenure.
LYNN YEN, FOUNDER, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Lynn Yen is the Founder and Executive Director of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, whose mission is to revive the study and practice of the Classical principle in music and science, especially among the young, and to place the immortal words and music of Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and others at the disposal of those that most need and want them.
Ms. Yen began studying piano at the age of 7, at the same time as she began studying Chinese calligraphy. She competed for and won awards in both fields throughout her pre-teen and teenage years. Later, pursuing other interests, Ms. Yen attended New York University’s Stern School of Business on a full scholarship. Upon graduation, she went to work in the non-profit sector, as the director of programming and operations for the highly successful Greenwich Film Festival. She then worked in finance, where her main areas of focus were advising non-US based natural resource and alternative energy groups in the execution of partnerships and acquisitions with US based firms, and in assisting clients with their capital raising needs. Ms. Yen spent several years in fundraising and operational capacities, during which she worked with a variety of organizations ranging from start-ups to the Fortune 500. She eventually decided to act in order to realize her love for, and ability to contribute to a “higher calling”, that of education and culture. In 2010, she began the groundwork for what led to the formation of the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, which she established in 2011.
ELVIRA O. GREEN, CHORAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR
Elvira O. Green, a North Carolinian by birth, a 1962 graduate from NCCU, began her professional career as a mezzo-soprano at the NY Metropolitan Opera.
Miss Green has spent more than forty years on the world wide operatic, concert and musical theatre stages; San Francisco Opera, Teatro dell’opera di Roma, The Netherlands Opera in Amsterdam, Holland, Washington Opera’s Spoleto Festival in Melbourne, Australia, Metropolitan Opera on tour in Japan, International and European Tour of George Gershwin’s masterpiece Porgy and Bess and a return engagement to Sydney, Australia for eight months in Hal Prince’s Broadway production of Show Boat.
World premieres with lead, featured or supporting roles: Civil Wars, by Philip Glass; Sojourner, by Valerie Capers; The Outcast by Noa Ains and Incident at San Bajo by Patrick Byers. Two historical recordings at the Smithsonian Performing Arts Archives: Handel’s Messiah; Naughty Marietta by Victor Herbert and selections from Sojourner by Valerie Capers.