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.
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.
JOHN CARLEY, BOARD MEMBER
Mr. John Carley is the CEO of Cascade NYC. He was the president and founder of the highly successful Greenwich Film Festival in Greenwich, CT which held glittery screenings and celebrity studded events from 2001 to 2006.
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.