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STEVE ARMSTRONG member from 2003-2007; rejoined 2022 second tenor

education Harvard College, Columbia University School of Law 
profession regulatory consultant, teacher of food law; food and drug lawyer (retired)
favorite performer/group Wynton Marsalis, Philadelphia Orchestra, Beatles, Alicia de Larrocha
performance attended recently Norah Jones
favorite author John Steinbeck, Thomas Mann
last book read Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom by David W. Blight regular reading, viewing, listening
New Yorker, MSNBC, NPR
favorite visual artist Van Gogh
favorite movie Citizen Kane, 2001: A Space Odyssey
favorite TV show Law and Order (original series)
best pizza Venice Restaurant (Ridgefield, Connecticut)
favorite composer Mozart, Florence Price
favorite opera, musical Die Meistersinger, West Side Story, The Music Man
favorite team Giants
favorite comedian or comic actor George Carlin, Amy Schumer
person I admire Dr. Anthony Fauci, Winston Churchill, Harriet Beecher Stowe
pastime playing guitar, reading
favorite museum, outdoor space MoMA; Kent Falls State Park (Connecticut)
volunteer work board member and speaker, Food and Drug Law Institute
why I sing I love “harmonizing” with my fellow singers – in both senses of the word: creating wonderful music amplifies feelings of friendship and camaraderie.

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ALBERT BOUCHARD member since 2018 baritone Webmaster

education Clarkson University, Hunter College, Empire State College, City College of New York, Fordham University
profession musician (founding member, Blue Öyster Cult); play and tour with Blue Coupe, the Bouchard Brothers, the Dictators, and Robert Gordon; high school music teacher (retired)
favorite composer Beethoven
favorite opera, musical Turandot, Hamilton, Kinky Boots
favorite performer/group Dave Brubeck Quartet, Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, Ventures, Beach Boys, Beatles, Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Metallica, Steely Dan
performance attended recently Foo Fighters
favorite author Stephen King
last book read Unrequited Infatuations: A Memoir by Steven Van Zandt
regular reading, viewing, listening Rolling Stone, PBS; Marc Maron, Mary Spender, Band Geeks, Home Skoolin’ (podcasts/vlogs); NPR, WQXR
favorite visual artist Seurat
favorite movie The Apartment
favorite TV show Breaking Bad
best pizza Famous Famiglia 96th (Upper West Side)
favorite team Mets
favorite comedian or comic actor Chris Rock
person I admire Barack Obama
pastime running
favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Central Park
volunteer work New York Road Runners events; United Federation of Teachers
why I sing I sing to express myself in a universal language and as a form of meditation. I also love it.

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BEN RINZLER treasurer member since 2009 bass

education University of California (Berkeley)
software analyst, program management
favorite composer
Bach, Handel, Haydn, Vivaldi
favorite opera, musical The Magic Flute, West Side Story, Jesus Christ Superstar
favorite performer/group Beatles, Zombies, The Who, George Jones, Louis Jordan, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, James Taylor, Carole King, Radiohead
performances attended recently Resurrection Symphony (Mahler), American Utopia (David Byrne)
favorite author George Eliot, J. R .R. Tolkien
last book read A Time of Gifts: On Foot to Constantinople: from the Hook of Holland to the Middle Danube by Patrick Leigh Fermor
regular listening WNYC, In Our Time (BBC Radio 4)
favorite visual artist my brothers Peter and Jonathan; Michelangelo, Rembrandt
favorite movie Lord of the Rings
favorite TV show Only Murders in the Building
favorite comedian or comic actor Monty Python, Marx Brothers, Larry David
person I admire my wife; Beyoncé
pastime skiing, outdoor activities
favorite museum Frick
volunteer work co-op board president; backup cook, St. Michael's Saturday Kitchen
why I sing Making music together, and especially singing, always lifts the spirit and evokes the sublime.

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CHUCK HARDY member since 2009 baritone

education Cornell University
profession manager (workshop for people with intellectual disabilities)
favorite composer Mozart
favorite opera, musical The Magic Flute, The Sound of Music
favorite performer/group Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, Eagles
performance attended recently Roger McGuinn
favorite author/last book read The Madness of Crowds by Louise Penny
regular listening Fresh Air, Selected Shorts (NPR), WQXR
favorite visual artist Monet
favorite movie Casablanca
favorite TV show Vera
best pizza Angelo’s (Midtown East)
favorite spectator sport tennis
favorite comedian or comic actor Red Skelton
person I admire John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr.
pastime New York Times “Crossword”
favorite museum, outdoor space Frick; Roosevelt Island
volunteer work feeding homeless people (St. John’s Memorial Episcopal Church in New Jersey)
why I sing It makes me feel connected to the universe.

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CLELL TICKLE member since 2017 first tenor

education Midwestern State University
profession commercial real estate broker, actor
favorite composer John Williams, Beethoven
favorite opera, musical Don Giovanni, Tommy, Fiddler on the Roof, Little Shop of Horrors, The Rocky Horror Picture Show
favorite performer/group Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Rush, Blue Öyster Cult, Spyro Gyra, Weather Report, Miles Davis
performance attended recently, music purchased Paul McCartney, Primus (live); Yesterday and Today (Beatles) with original “butcher” album cover
favorite author God, Stephen King
last book read No One Here Gets Out Alive by Jerry Hopkins and Danny Sugarman 30
regular reading, viewing, listening my Facebook feed, Google News, New Yorker; BBC, late-night shows (including Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert, Jimmy Fallon); Spotify
favorite visual artist Close, Degas, Warhol, Mucha, da Vinci
favorite movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, The Blues Brothers, The Godfather Part II
favorite TV show Twin Peaks, The Sopranos, Sex and the City
best pizza Vesuvio (Bay Ridge), Lombardi's (Soho)
favorite team Mets, Texas Rangers, Knicks, Nets, Mavs, Giants, Cowboys, New York Rangers
favorite comedian or comic actor Robin Williams
person I admire John F. Kennedy
pastime playing electric bass and upright string bass, acting, photography, collecting vinyl records
favorite museum, outdoor space MoMA, Met, AMNH, Whitney; Central Park
volunteer work served holiday meals at Tompkins Square Park
why I sing It’s amazingly fun to harmonize.

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DAVID ANCHEL bass member since 2009

education City College of New York, Brown University
profession opera singer, product manager, project manager, programmer/tech manager, high school physics teacher
favorite composer Wagner
favorite opera, musical Die Meistersinger, West Side Story
favorite performer/group Beatles, Ella Fitzgerald, David Oistrakh
performance attended recently Metropolitan Opera (Rake’s Progress)
favorite author Fyodor Dostoevsky
last book read Fer-de-Lance by Rex Stout
regular reading, viewing, listening New York Times, Guardian, MSNBC, WQXR 3
favorite visual artist Nolde
favorite movie On the Waterfront
favorite TV show Seinfeld
best pizza Patsy’s (East Harlem)
favorite spectator sport golf
favorite comedian or comic actor George Burns, Danny Kaye
person I admire Louis Armstrong
pastime cooking, travel
favorite museum, outdoor space Neue Galerie; Central Park
why I sing Love of opera led me to singing (after having played the clarinet). Music is central to my life

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DENNIS O’NEILL member since 2016 bass

education Manhattan College, Purdue University
military service Air Force ROTC
profession computer scientist (retired)
favorite composer Mozart
favorite opera, musical Aida, H.M.S. Pinafore, Man of La Mancha, Carousel, South Pacific
favorite performer/group Rolling Stones, Roy Orbison, Frank Sinatra
performance attended recently Andrea Bocelli
favorite author Connie Willis (science fiction)
last book read Tom Jones by Henry Fielding regular listening
Siriusly Sinatra, Willie's Roadhouse, 60s Gold (SiriusXM)
favorite visual artist Michelangelo
favorite movie Casablanca
favorite TV show Keeping Up Appearances
favorite team, spectator sport Mets, golf
favorite comedian or comic actor Mel Brooks
person I admire Jesus Christ, Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King Jr.
pastime bass fishing
favorite museum MoMA, AMNH
volunteer work control subject, U.S. POINTER Study (Alzheimer's Association)
why I sing When I took voice lessons a while back, I discovered I’m a bass, not a tenor. At that point, singing became much more gratifying and has since become an avocation.

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ELMER JOERG member since 1993 first tenor

education Stevens Institute of Technology, New Jersey City University
profession math teacher, piano technician, musician, mental health worker, program aide (working with high school students)
favorite composer Beethoven, Bach, Brahms
favorite opera, musical La Bohème, Les Misérables, Anything Goes, West Side Story
favorite performer Nat King Cole
performance attended recently Ocean Grove Choir Festival
favorite author Kahlil Gibran
last book read algebra and geometry texts
regular reading, viewing RV magazines, MSNBC
favorite movie It's a Wonderful Life, Gone with the Wind, On Borrowed Time
favorite TV show All in the Family, Blue Bloods, Jeopardy!
favorite team Yankees, Mets, Giants

favorite comedian or comic actor George Burns
person I admire Richard Rodgers
pastime motorhome camping, conducting, bicycling
volunteer work Partnership for the Homeless; crisis intervention hotline counselor
why I sing I love the male choral sound – as a toddler I listened to Fred Waring on the radio and TV (he featured a men’s chorus with his orchestra). My mother said I sang before I talked.

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GARY SAMUELS vice president, member since 2018 baritone

education Middlebury College, Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism
profession senior vice president, chief communications officer (clinical laboratory)
favorite composer Rachmaninoff
favorite opera, musical Turandot, Sweeney Todd
favorite performer/group Bill Evans; Earth, Wind & Fire
performance attended recently, music purchased Ron Carter Trio (live); Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big Band (Novus Series '70)
favorite author Tom Wolfe
last book read Chapman Piloting & Seamanship (69th edition)
regular reading, listening New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WKCR
favorite visual artist Pissarro
favorite movie Dr. Strangelove
favorite TV show The West Wing
best pizza Roberta’s (Bushwick)
favorite team Mets
favorite comedian or comic actor Larry David
person I admire Winston Churchill
pastime listening to music, going to concerts, skiing, bicycling, boating, kayaking
favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Central Park, Highline
volunteer work food pantry, Newark; homeless shelter (Breaking Ground)
why I sing I love harmonizing and blending with other voices. There’s something about singing in an ensemble that’s just great for my soul.

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GENE WISOFF conductor (since 1995)

education Brooklyn College, Baruch College
profession conductor, singer, vocal coach, high school math teacher, IT professional, performing arts manager
favorite classical composer Brahms, Mozart, Verdi
favorite opera, musical La Bohème, The Magic Flute, Les Misérables, West Side Story, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
favorite performer/group Beatles, Karen Carpenter, Luciano Pavarotti, Kelly Clarkson, Whitney Houston, Lady Gaga, Alexandra Beliakovich
performances attended recently Inspire (chamber chorus); Metropolitan Opera (Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk)
favorite author John Steinbeck, John Barth, Charles Dickens
last book read Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show by Jonathan Karl regular viewing, listening
favorite visual artist Renoir, Monet, Rodin
favorite movie The Godfather (I, II), My Cousin Vinny, The Shawshank Redemption, Amadeus, Dirty Dancing
favorite TV show Breaking Bad, Fawlty Towers, The Odd Couple, Blue Bloods, Monk
best pizza, sushi Freddie & Pepper’s, Miyako (Upper West Side)
favorite team, spectator sport Mets, Yankees, tennis
favorite comedian or comic actor Kevin Kline, Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, Rodney Dangerfield
person I admire Benjamin Franklin, Sonia Sotomayor, Frederick Douglass, Fred Rodgers, Volodymyr Zelenskyy
pastime watching movies, cooking
favorite museum, outdoor space Frick, West Side Community Garden (W. 89th Street)
volunteer work co-op board member
why I conduct I delight in the synergy I share with the singers and in the emotions expressed in the melody, harmony, and lyrics. I love the sound of a chorus. Conducting makes me feel alive.

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GEORGE FRIEDLANDER member since 2017 second tenor

education Stony Brook University, Pace University
profession investment strategist, political analyst, policy analyst
favorite composer Beethoven
favorite opera, musical Turandot, Guys and Dolls
favorite performer/group Beatles
performance attended recently Melody Gardot
last book read The Rise and Fall of the Dinosaurs: A New History of Their Lost World by Steve Brusatte; The Story of Life in 25 Fossils: Tales of Intrepid Fossil Hunters and the Wonders of Evolution by
Donald Prothero
regular reading, viewing, listening Washington Post, MSNBC, PBS; listen to all types of music via cable
favorite visual artist Picasso
favorite movie Casablanca
favorite TV show Mad Men
best pizza, sushi Felice 83, Sushi Seki (Upper East Side)
favorite team Knicks
favorite comedian or comic actor Robin Williams
person I admire Christopher Hitchens
pastime politics, writing (including humorous song lyrics to existing melodies), swimming, bicycling, hiking, being a smarta**
favorite museum, outdoor space Met; Fort Tryon Park
why I sing I have music in my head and on my mind all of the time.

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GRAHAM BOBBY second tenor

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