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Greater New Haven Community Chorus Welcomes Alysoun Kegel as Artistic Director

The Greater New Haven Community Chorus is excited to announce that we have hired Alysoun (Aly) Kegel as Artistic Director for the 2022-2023 season. Kegel is the first woman Artistic Director the chorus has had in its 59 years. She will be leading GNHCC in Open Rehearsals on Sept. 8, 15, and 22 at 7 pm at the First Presbyterian Church, 704 Whitney Avenue, New Haven. For more information about joining the chorus for our Fall 2022 semester, see our website: www.gnhcc.org.

She says, “I am thrilled to be joining the singers at GNHCC in their mission to ‘Build Community One Note at a Time’ and their goal of reflecting the full diversity of greater New Haven. I am excited to work with this amazing team as we commit to embodying values of inclusive community through song.”

An accomplished conductor, music teacher, and soprano, Alysoun Kegel has been working as the choir director and K-4 music instructor at Worthington Hooker since 2019. 

 

Kegel began singing as an 8-yr-old treble in the St. Luke’s Girls Choir of Evanston, Illinois, under the direction of Richard Webster. Kegel began conducting as an undergraduate at Yale University, She has conducted ensemble tours of Japan, South Korea, China, Sweden, Norway, Italy, France, and the UK. Additionally, she has prepared young people to sing under the batons of Sir Colin Davis, Raphael Frühbeck de Burgos, David Hoose, and Bernard Haitink, in collaborations with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, Boston Lyric Opera, and Boston Early Music Festival. 

She completed her MM in conducting at Carnegie Mellon University, where she studied with Maestro Robert Page. She earned an earlier MM in Dalcroze Studies from the Longy School of Music. Kegel has led choral workshops throughout the US, as well as in South Korea, Ghana, and Somaliland. In addition to serving as the Artistic Director of the Greater New Haven Community Chorus, Kegel currently teaches music for the New Haven Public Schools and through Yale’s Music in the Schools Initiative.

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