Choral Conductors

BARRY SINGER - Arlington-Belmont Chorale and Chamber Chorus Music Director

BARRY SINGER, Choral Music Director of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington, has been the conductor of the Arlington-Belmont Chamber Chorus since 1994, and the Arlington-Belmont Chorale since 2004.

In addition to conducting, Mr. Singer is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist and composer/arranger, equally at home with concert, liturgical, theatre, jazz and popular music. For over 40 years he has made a career as a busy resident of concert stages, theatre pit orchestras, dance floors and pop music bandstands.

Mr. Singer has directed several groups in recent years in addition to the Chorale and Chamber Chorus. He has served as Chorus Master and assistant conductor for Concord’s Opera51 since 2013, and was Choral Conductor for the Appalachian Mountain Club Mountains and Music program. Since 2012 he has served as Assistant Music Director for musical theatre at Arlington High School. Mr. Singer has been a guest conductor for the Paul Madore Chorale Summer Sing series and the M.I.T Gilbert and Sullivan Players, and in 2009 served as interim Music Director for the First Parish Church in Needham. He is active in musical theatre as well, and in fall of 2013 was Music Director for TCAN Players production of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other past music directorships include the Arlington Friends of the Drama and the Sudbury Savoyards. He was a founder, member, and co-leader of Serious Fun, an award-winning contemporary a cappella group.

Mr. Singer received his degree in Composition from Berklee College of Music where he studied with John Bavicchi and Jeronimas Kacinskas. The PSA has premiered three of his choral works, Three Times We Parted (1992) and For I Know Well The Spring (2006) written for the Chamber Chorus, and Lux Aeterna (2002) for the Chorale and Orchestra. Mr. Singer composed the music for the Off-Broadway play, Looking for Billy Haines, which ran in New York in 2010.

Mr. Singer first began singing in high school, and studied voice while at Berklee College. From 1983-1998 he sang with the Boston Symphony Orchestra’s Tanglewood Festival Chorus in numerous performances and recordings with the BSO and Boston Pops Orchestra. Mr. Singer served as baritone soloist with the Congregation Shirat Hayam of the North Shore from 2002-2010, and for many years was the baritone soloist and section leader at St. Peter’s Church in Weston.

On the instrumental side, Mr. Singer received flute and piano lessons from an early age, and added saxophone, clarinet, and electric bass while in his teens. Mr. Singer is an active piano accompanist, on staff at the Arlington Public School system since 2001, and at Concord-Carlisle Public Schools since 2009. For many years he has served as summer pianist/organist at St. Peter’s Church in Weston. Other current performing activities include frequent work as a freelance jazz pianist, as keyboard/sax/flute player with the popular Boston-area dance band Firefly, as a keyboard and woodwinds player for area theatre groups, and as a piccoloist and sax player with the Boston Windjammers, a professional marching band.

Mr. Singer is on the faculty at the Music Maker School in Acton, and maintains a private studio in Arlington where he teaches piano and music theory and provides audition coaching. He and his family have lived in Arlington, MA, since 1989.

KENNEDY McALISTER - Arlington-Belmont Chorale Assistant Conductor

KENNEDY McALISTER earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Vocal Performance and English Writing from Oklahoma Christian University, in Oklahoma City. She and her husband moved to Boston in the summer of 2018. Currently, she is a Master’s candidate in Conducting at the New England Conservatory under the tutelage of Mrs. Erica J. Washburn.

This is Kennedy’s first year as the Assistant Conductor for the Arlington-Belmont Chorale of the Philharmonic Society of Arlington. She is also the Graduate Conductor for New England Conservatory’s Concert Choir and music minister of Brookline Church of Christ.